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Summer Music Camp

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Summer Music Camps


Vocal & Musical Theatre Camp

Monday, June 17 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

  • Senior Choir - Grades 9 through 12
  • Junior Choir - Grades 5 through 8
  • Senior Musical Theatre - Grades 9 through 12
  • Junior Musical Theatre - Grades 5 through 8


Band, Orchestra & Piano Camp

Monday, June 24 - Saturday, June 29, 2019

  • Senior Band - Grades 9 through 12
  • Blue Junior Bands - Grades 5 through 8 and have played for two years or equivalent
  • Gold Junior Band - Grades 4 through 8 and have played one year or equivalent
  • Senior Orchestra - Grades 9 through 12
  • Junior Orchestra - Grades 4 through 8 and have played at least two years
  • Piano Camp - Grades 6 through 12 and have played at least two years

Charleston Southern University's Horton School of Music is proud to sponsor Summer Music Camp for students in grades four through 12. Campers may participate in various percussion, vocal, band, musical theatre, orchestra and piano camps.

The Charleston Southern campus is situated just minutes from historic Charleston, South Carolina. The university is acclaimed annually in national publications as one of the best colleges in the South and is fully experienced in summer camp operations, hosting thousands of campers annually. Leading music educators from the region will join the Horton School of Music faculty and Summer Music Camp staff to provide both a quality musical experience and fun week for all campers.

From Monday afternoon registration through the end of camp on Saturday, campers will enjoy a nonstop mix of ensemble rehearsals, masterclass and sectional rehearsals, structured recreation, evening entertainment, and social activities. In addition to ensemble rehearsals, campers will also have the option of receiving a half-hour or hour private lesson if desired.

Saturday evening recitals and concerts will conclude the camp, with performances by all campers. The performances are free and open to the public, with family and friends of music campers encouraged to attend. Join us for these exciting weeks of Summer Music Camps at Charleston Southern University.

Band & Strings

Instrumental campers will be placed in ensembles according to age and experience, with a brief audition necessary at check-in for those band students with two years of experience for the Junior Bands. Sectionals and masterclasses are scheduled daily, and all instrumental campers will have an hour music elective of their choice. Each instrumental student will be expected to furnish his or her own instrument and bring a folding metal music stand. Only concert percussion equipment and pianos will be available from the Horton School of Music.

Choir & Musical Theatre

Vocal campers will participate in a variety of ensembles during the week, ranging from small theatre sketches to medium chamber choir to large camp chorus. Instruction in vocal techniques and masterclasses will compliment the ensemble experience. All vocal campers will have an hour music elective of their choice. Some campers will have the opportunity to explore music theatre in depth. 


Piano Camp will be available to students from grades six through 12 who have performed on piano for at least two years. Instruction in technique, literature, musicianship, ensemble performance and theory will be a part of the camp. Each piano camp student will receive four half-hour private lessons during the camp and will also participate in a music elective of their choir. Total price for the Piano Camp is $420 for the Dorm Camp option or $360 for the Day Camp option, which includes lessons. Piano campers should bring at least three pieces of standard literature (no pop arrangements, please) to camp, two of which should be performance ready.


Summer Music Camp Faculty & Guests Past and Present


Regina Helcher Yost, Charleston Symphony and CSU
Cynthia Hopkins, Columbia, S.C.


Kari Kistler, Charleston Symphony and CSU
Michael Shiverdecker, Charleston, S.C.


Kathy St.John, Charleston Symphony and CSU


Charlie Messersmith, Charleston Symphony and CSU
Joni Brown, Sumter, S.C.
Emma Ostapeck, Charleston, S.C.


Mark Sterbank, Charleston Jazz Orchestra and CSU


Brandon Nichols, Charleston Symphony and CSU


Susan Messersmith, Charleston Symphony and CSU
Susan DuPuis, CSU
Todd Jenkins, Aiken, S.C
Antonio Marti, Charleston Symphony 


Kate Jenkins, Aiken, S.C.

Euphonium & Tuba

Gretchen Bowles, Charleston, S.C.
Justin Clarkson, Charleston, S.C. and CSU


Michael Haldeman, Charleston Symphony, North Charleston Pops! and CSU


Ryan Silvestri, Mount Pleasant, S.C. and CSU
Joanna Pressley, Charleston, S.C.
Andrew Mille, Charleston, S.C.


Christopher Teves, CSU


Jennifer Luiken, CSU
Jill Terhaar Lewis, CSU
Ricard Bordas, CSU
Katherine Clarkson, CSU
Lee Ousley, Charleston, S.C.
Shanelle Woods, CSU

Music Therapy

Jennifer Whipple, CSU
Julie Stordahl Green, CSU
April Brien, CSU


Bradley Parker, CSU
Janet Elshazly, CSU
Eugene Koester, CSU
Myungsook Stoudenmire, CSU
Lin Harness, CSU
Jacquie Jones, CSU
Abby Phillips, CSU

Chorus & Chorale

Valerie Bullock, CSU
Ricard Bordas, CSU
Matthew McCall, CSU
Dustin Ousley, CSU
David Richardson, Charleston, S.C.
Robert Culbreth, Summerville, S.C.

Musical Theatre

Jennifer Luiken, CSU
Thomas Keating, CSU

Bands & Orchestra

Marshall Forrester, CSU
Nicholas Holland, CSU
Susan DuPuis, CSU
David Carter, Summerville, S.C.
Mike Doll, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Swati Dadheech Linder, Goose Creek, S.C.
Edna Grace, Goose Creek, S.C.
Julie Duvall, Conway, S.C.
Jenny Collins, Goose Creek, S.C.
Chad Pence, Summerville, S.C.
Andrae Raffield, Summerville, S.C.
Sharese Pearson-Bush, Summerville, S.C. 
Neville Curtis, James Island, S.C.
Marie Elliott Evans, Summerville, S.C.
Todd Smith, Goose Creek, S.C.
Glen Funderburk, Lexington, S.C.
David Santiago, Chapin, S.C.


camp faculty and staff subject to change