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Honors Music Institute 2021: July 11-17

"In the interest of public health and the health of our campers, a decision has not yet been made as to whether the summer 2021Honors Music Institute will be held in person or via a virtual format. We are continuing to monitor health conditions as well as the latest guidance from the governor and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This website will be updated with information about registration and camp format as we learn more."

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The Penn State summer music camp (The Honors Music Institute) is one of the most exciting of its kind for talented high school musicians. Now in its eighth year, the Institute is an intensive, week long immersion in the art of music making for talented high school students. As one of the most exciting summer music camps of 2020, specific areas of study include Chamber Choir (32 students), Jazz Combo (8 or mores students), Wind Ensemble (50 students), Music Technology (up to 10 students), Composition (up to 6 students), and Piano (up to 24 students). Students entering 9th grade in the fall of 2020 (current 8th graders) through students who will graduate in the spring of 2020 (current seniors) are eligible to audition. 

Accepted students will participate in masterclasses, private lessons, chamber music, student recitals and large ensembles. All institute participants will study with renowned School of Music faculty and acclaimed guest artists. 

Students may submit audition materials for more than one area of study, but will be placed in only ONE, based on the review of the audition videos. Audition videos/applications will be accepted beginning January 6, 2020. Preference will be given to audition videos/applications received by Monday, April 27, 2020. You will be notified via email regarding your acceptance/non-acceptance to The Honors Music Institute by Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Please visit the "How to Apply" page (link found on left side of this page) for information regarding fees for Honors Music Institute participants. 

All events will take place in the Penn State School of Music on the beautiful University Park campus, with all performances occurring in the School of Music’s brand new, state of the art Recital Hall. Students will be housed in Penn State resident halls located near the School of Music. 

Please select an area of study below for further information regarding audition videos and application.  Music Compostion graphic, coming soon!

Chamber Choir composition wind ensemble
jazz combo hmi piano music technology hmi