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Eastern Music Camp

July 16-22, 2023 

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

2023 Poster

Camp Registration

Join us July 16-22, 2023, 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. After June 1, 2023, all camps are $600 for the week, inclusive of all instruction, housing, meals, and social activities. 

Registration/Payment notes, 6/6/23:

1. Strings camp is being reworked as a violin only camp. Please contact the EMC Director with questions before registering late for this camp. 

2. As the deadline to register was June 1, all fees after that date are $75 higher. When you go to the online registration linked below, to pay in full select the first option, "Eastern Music Camp, $75," and the rest of the cost will be added as you fill out the form. 

3. If you are paying a smaller amount due to scholarships or other waived fees, please use the "Eastern Music Camp - Partial Payment" form.

4. If you just have a balance to pay, use the "Final Payment Due" form, and you won't have to put in much information for your child. 

2023 Online Registration and Payment Forms

2023 PDF Registration Form

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)


Campers will perform for faculty on the Sunday afternoon of camp, after check in. This audition helps to place students in the ensemble appropriate for their level and makes sure students in all camps have appropriate materials to work on for the week.

Audition Information

Other Camp Information

General Information - Registration and Concert times, Packing Lists

Final Concerts and Special Activities Schedule

Parent Pack - the whole packet (which is also emailed) with relevant infromation, and includes the two documents listed above.

Required Camper Forms

NEW in 2023 -- no need to send any forms ahead, just print and bring them to registration! If you come with forms filled out, you will just get straight in the registration line and turn everything in. Otherwise, you will be able to fill out the forms at a table first, and then get in line.

Camper Forms 2023

Roommate Matching 

All students should fill out the form linked below, regardless of whether or not they have a roommate request. Those who have already emailed or indicated roommate requests should still fill out the form for the counseling staff to effectively place students on floors. This form must be completed by June 23, 2023.

Roommate Matching Form 


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.

$100 general scholarships are offered each year, chosen by application. These applications were due on April 13, 2023, and applicants will notified by the end of the day on Sunday, April 23, 2023, as to the status of these awards.

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.


Support a Camper

If you would like to donate any amount to support a camper, please send an email to the EMC Director to discuss how you would like to be recognized.

To send a check, please make it out to EIU, and send to the following address:

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

For Online Donations, please use the EIU Giving Website

  1. Select the amount you want to donate, or type in a custom amount.
  2. Leave the destination as "Other Gifts (Please Specify)"
  3. In the "Special Instructions" box, please type in "Eastern Music Camp."

You can call the advancement office for help with online giving at 866-581-3313 or 217-581-3313. 


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

Future EMC Dates

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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