Summer Conservatory (CANCELLED)

As part of our response to COVID-19, SHSU School of Music
has cancelled the following summer 2021 music camps.
We look forward to seeing everyone in person for Summer 2022.

June 2021 - CANCELLED

Resident Camper: $425
Commuter: $290
$20 Non-Refundable Application Fee which goes towards the camp cost


This newly-designed camp is dedicated to the serious high school musician who is interested in reaching new heights in their technical and performing abilities. The camp will prepare students for all-state and college entrance auditions and provide them with a fantastic chamber music experience. Conservatory performances will be held in the beautiful Gaertner Performing Arts Center which houses state of the art performing facilities. Students will have the opportunity to work with the prestigious SHSU faculty in individual and group settings.

Students will improve tone quality and technical abilities in various sessions with Conservatory faculty. Chamber ensembles such as woodwind quintets, saxophone quartets, brass choirs, and piano trios will perform exciting literature including standard UIL repertoire. Master classes and private lessons with faculty will give students the opportunity to address musical and performance goals. Others courses to be offered may include Music Theory and Aural Skills, Music History, Improvisation, Introduction to Music Notation Software, and many other exciting options. Students may also compete in the Conservatory Solo Competition. The winner(s) will be selected by conservatory faculty and will be awarded a CASH PRIZE and a featured performance spot on an evening recital. In addition, the conservatory faculty will be performing and sharing their artistry throughout the week.

We look forward to seeing you this summer on the campus of Sam Houston State University!

Application Process

  1. Record and upload your audition materials to a website of your choice.
  2. Fill out the application & pay the $20 application fee, and include the URL of your audition recordings in the blank provided on the application. If you record on multiple tracks, please combine all URLs into a list within a Word document or PDF, and provide a link to the document.

You will be notified by June 5, 2019 of your acceptance into the program. At that point, you will be sent a link to finish your registration and payment; do not attempt to register and pay for this camp without receiving an acceptance email.

Audition Material

  • 2 contrasting pieces of your choice
  • 4 major scales
  • If you wish to be considered for the solo competition, please include a recording of the piece you plan to perform

Please direct any questions regarding this camp to either Dr. ILonka Rus at or Kayla Shannon at

School of Music
Sam Houston State University
1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360

A Member of the Texas State University System