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Chamber Wind Camp

July 13, 2020— July 17, 2020
9:00 am — 4:00 pm CST
$295 Tuition + $25 Application Fee = $320; see optional costs below


This summer the University of Northwestern is proud to offer a wonderful new opportunity for young musicians: a chamber camp for wind players. High school brass and woodwind players are invited to come together on UNW’s beautiful lakeside campus for five days of pursuing musical excellence through chamber music.

Chamber music (pieces written for small ensembles of 3-12 musicians) encourages students to collaborate with one another, to build musical sensitivity, and to take ownership of their individual parts. Anticipated chamber ensembles include brass quintet, woodwind quintet, piano quintet, as well as trios and more.

Chamber Wind Instruments

Winds: Flute, Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn

If there is enough interest, a piano and saxophone track may be added. Contact Dr. Jenna McBride-Harris at jlmcbrideharris@unwsp.edu for further information and interest.


During the camp, each student will learn how to perform challenging repertoire through chamber coaching, master classes, and individual private lessons with our stellar UNW faculty. All of our faculty are current or emeritus UNW faculty members and bring years of chamber music experience and a strong performance background to the students. Many of them perform regularly with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Application

Schedule — July 13–17, 2020


Group Devotional

Individual Studio Time

Chamber Rehearsal


Topicals: Lecture/Master Class

Chamber Rehearsal




The Chamber Wind Recital will be held Friday at the end of the camp week in Nazareth Hall. The Recital will be a presentation, by the students, of the chamber pieces they've been working on and the culmination of their experience during the camp.

Friday, July 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm — Chamber Wind Recital, Nazareth Hall



Chamber Wind Camp is open to serious high school brass and woodwind players in grades 9–12, including 2019 graduates. Serious students who do not meet the grade requirements may apply pending a recommendation from their private instructor. For more information, please contact Dr. McBride-Harris.

Recorded Audition

Please submit an audio or video recording including two contrasting solos (1 lyrical, 1 technical), a 2 octave chromatic scale, a 2 octave major scale of choice, and a 2 octave minor scale of choice. This audition will be submitted through your online application with the provided media upload option.

Application and Registration

Step 1: All interested students must apply online (opens March 1, 2019). Please include a video/audio recording with your online application. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee.

Step 2: Upon acceptance into the Chamber Wind Camp you will receive a tuition statement via email. You can make payments online, by calling the office, or by sending in a check.

Applications accepted starting: March 1, 2019

Application deadline: July 3, 2020

Payment deadline: July 10, 2020

Late Registration Fee: $20

Optional Costs

Lunch - $50

Students may bring a sack lunch, or

Lunch is available in the campus cafeteria (Choose this option when you apply online.)

Lodging -$250

Ages 13 and older only

Available in UNW dormitories, Sunday (after 5 p.m.)—Friday night (includes A/C & private bath)

Planned evening activities and swimming are available to students

Adult supervision provided

Cost includes all meals

Refund Policy

  • 50% refund if student withdraws after the application deadline
  • Application Fee is nonrefundable

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