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Eastern Music Camp

2022 poster 

Band, Choir, Instrumental Jazz, Musical Theatre, Piano, Strings



Join us July 17-23, 2022, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University for the 75th anniversary of Eastern Music Camp! Founded in 1947 by then Music Department Chair Leo J. Dvorak, we're proud of our long tradition of supporting young musician's educational experiences. All camps are $525 for the week, inclusive of all instruction, housing, meals, and social activities. 

Online and mail in registration are available. Please use the links below to register at any time. Registration will close June 1, 2022.

2022 Online Registration

Print Registration Form

To make an additional payment by check, or send scholarship payment under separate cover, please use the following address:

Eastern Music Camp
EIU Dept of Music
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920

Our Camps          Camper smiling

A typical day includes six classes -- four specific to the camp the student is attending, and two electives. Instrumental Jazz and Musical Theatre have their own courses designed to complement the material presented in the performance part of the instructional day. Instruction lasts from 8:30-4:00, and evenings include social activities and a series of concerts by faculty, staff, and students. 

Band (completing 5th through 12th grades)

Choir (completing 5th through 12th grades)

Instrumental Jazz (completing 6th through 12th grades)

Musical Theatre (completing 8th through 12th grades)

Piano (completing 5th through 12th grades)

Strings (completing 7th through 12th grades)


All students selected for the ILMEA All-State festival in Peoria receive an automatic $100 scholarship. This can be combined with a general scholarship, for those who earn those awards.

The general scholarship deadline was April 8, 2022. Families will be notified on or before April 18, 2022, via the email address included on the application form.

For further consideration of financial assistance based on need, please contact the EMC director's office by email. Some years, additional donors come forth to help students attend camp.


Audition materials are now posted! Please see information for all camps on this dedicated webpage.

Roommates, Parent Forms and Student Information Packs

In late May, we will post information and send out forms to the parents of registered students, and start providing detailed information about what to plan to bring to camp. Roommate selection will happen prior to camp via an online form provided in early June.

Covid-19 Mitigation

Policies for covid-19 mitigation will be determined based on Eastern Illinois University policy for the summer of 2022 and local cases as the summer approaches. If case counts are similar to early December 2021 (prior to Omicron), for example, proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours could be required. If things are significantly better, that might not be necessary. We expect to offer more flexibility in single vs double dorm rooms based on camper preferences. Masking policy will also be determined closer to camp.


Please contact us by email or call the EMC Director's office at 217-581-6627.

Future EMC Dates

July 16-22, 2023

July 14-20, 2024


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Contact Information

Music Department

Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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