Summer Camps

Baldwin Wallace University in Berea provides a small town atmosphere.  The caring staff, safe campus, outstanding music facilities, excellent food service and comfortable residence halls combine to make each camper's experience a positive one. Campers live in dorms on campus and attend rehearsals in Conservatory buildings. The BW Student Dining Hall provides delicious, healthy meals; lunch and dinner are provided for day campers in addition to all meals for residential campers.

We know that your children are precious and BW Summer Program staff go the extra mile to watch over all campers. Certified music teachers and other adults supervise all rehearsals and activities.  We have a nurse on call around the clock, and nursing staff supervises and dispenses all medications. Attendance is taken at all activities.  Faculty and staff live in the residence halls and are responsible for supervision.  Campus security personnel are always available and all dorms remain locked 24/7 with key card access only.

Afternoon activities may include swimming, outdoors activities and game days.  Evening activities may include trips to Swings-n-Things Family Fun Park, a dance night with DJ, movie night and the Counselor Talent Show.  

Since the day is very busy, campers need their rest at night. Bringing expensive stereo equipment, computers or television sets is strongly discouraged. Most campers will be ready to sleep when they return to their rooms and leisure time is generally spent away from the dorms. In addition, there are TVs in all dorm common areas.

BW's Summer Music Programs receive public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region's artistic and cultural heritage.

Fees and Expenses for String, Piano, Band and Music Theatre Camps

Baldwin Wallace makes every effort to keep our camps as affordable as possible. Campers may attend as either residents or commuters, and most expenses are covered. 

  • Resident - $525 fee covers all room and board (three meals per day plus snacks), admission fees, and activities supplies.
  • Commuter - $450 fee covers lunch, dinner and snacks each day, plus admission fees and activities supplies.

Fees include a non-refundable deposit of $100 that must accompany the application for registration to be complete for camp.

Campers do not need a lot of spending cash. Since admission fees are covered, the only expenses are related to buying items from the BW Bookstore, spending money at Swings-N-Things for games or vending machines. Most students will spend less than $25 during the week.

Band Camp

Laura Joss, Artistic Director; Bryan L. Bowser, Administrator
A residential or day camp for woodwind, brass and percussion players in grades 4 - 9, with a minimum of four months playing experience. First come, first served—only the first 200 applicants will be accepted

A Typical Day at Band Camp

A camper's day begins early! The first rehearsal of the day begins at 8:30 am and both resident and day campers are kept busy. A typical daily schedule might go like this:

  • 8:30 am - Band rehearsal
  • 10:30 am - Sectionals
  • 12:15 pm - Lunch
  • 1:15 pm - Afternoon activity
  • 2:00 pm - Band rehearsal
  • 3:30 pm - Sectionals
  • 5:00 pm - Dinner
  • 6:30 pm - Band rehearsal
  • 8:00 pm - Evening activity
  • 10:30 pm - Lights out

Students accepted into the top band also will participate in chamber music ensembles. Those rehearsals may take the place of an afternoon activity or sectional rehearsal. There will also be an opportunity to audition for the Jazz Band.

Music Theatre Camp

Bryan L. Bowser, Administrator
A residential or commuter camp for students in grades 4 - 9. Building on the success of BW's String and Band camps and the school-year BW Triple Threat Music Theatre program, BW's Music Theatre Camp gives students the opportunity to participate in a BW summer music program while building their vocal, movement and acting skills. First-come, first served—only the first 120 applicants will be accepted.  

A Typical Day at Music Theatre Camp

A camper's day begins early! The first activity of the day begins at 8:30 am and both resident and day campers are kept busy. A typical daily schedule might go like this:

  • 8:30 am - Voice class
  • 9:30 am - Movement class
  • 10:30 am - Acting class
  • 12:15 pm - Lunch
  • 1:15 pm - Afternoon activity
  • 2:00 pm - Music Theatre workshop
  • 3:30 pm - Recreation
  • 5:00 pm - Dinner
  • 6:30 pm - Master class / rehearsal
  • 8:00 pm - Evening activity
  • 10:30 pm - Lights out 

Piano Camp

Building on the success of BW's String and Band camps, our Piano Camp gives piano students the opportunity to participate in a BW summer music program. A residential or commuter camp for pianists in grades 4 - 9; it is encouraged that applicants have taken piano lessons for a minimum of nine months before attending piano camp. First-come, first served—only the first 48 applicants will be accepted

A Typical Day at Piano Camp

A camper's day begins early! The first activity of the day starts at 8:30 am and both resident and day campers are kept busy. A typical daily schedule might go like this:

  • 8:30 am - Music theory class
  • 9:30 am - Private lesson
  • 10:00 am - Supervised practice
  • 10:30 am - Group piano duet and chamber music class
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Recital hour
  • 2:00 pm - Recreation
  • 3:30 pm - Master class
  • 5:00 pm - Dinner
  • 6:30 pm - Music elective class
  • 8:00 pm - Evening activity
  • 10:30 pm - Lights out

Each Piano Camp student will receive four 20-minute private lessons during the camp.  In addition, students will participate in staff-supervised private practice time each day.  Music electives may include jazz improvisation, organ or harpsichord.  Each student will perform in a Piano Camp Recital on Thursday afternoon, June 18.

String Camp

Laura Joss, Artistic Director; Bryan L. Bowser, Administrator
A residential or commuter camp for string players in grades 4 - 9, with a minimum of four months playing experience. First-come, first served—only the first 250 applicants will be accepted.  

A Typical Day at String Camp

A camper's day begins early! The first rehearsal of the day begins at 8:30 am and both resident and day campers are kept busy. A typical daily schedule might go like this:

  • 8:30 am - Orchestra rehearsal
  • 10:30 am - Sectionals
  • 12:15 pm - Lunch
  • 1:15 pm - Afternoon activity
  • 2:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal
  • 3:30 pm - Sectionals
  • 5:00 pm - Dinner
  • 6:30 pm - Orchestra rehearsal
  • 8:00 pm - Evening activity
  • 10:30 pm - Lights out

Students accepted into the top orchestra will also participate in chamber music ensembles. Those rehearsals may take the place of an afternoon activity or sectional rehearsal.