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Eastern Music Camp

July 16-22, 2023 

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Thanks for a great year!
See you July 14-20, 2024!


Camp Registration

Join us July 14-20, 2024, 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. 

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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 All-State musicians are high schoolers have been advanced from their district ensembles.

$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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