About

Seminar is a high school summer music camp designed to serve as an enjoyable, pre-college experience for serious, young musicians. It is organized to promote artistic, social, recreational and cultural interaction among the participating young artists. It simultaneously serves as a vital experience for the students as well as a valid artistic representation of the School of Music at Western Michigan University. School of Music Director of Concerts Kevin West has served as as administrative director and registrar of seminar since 1995.

Western Michigan University will observe the 67th consecutive year of its celebrated high school summer music camp in 2018. All sessions are held on the University's main campus in Kalamazoo where some 120 students from seven areas of study—brass, woodwind, percussion, string, vocal/choral, keyboard and composition—gather each summer to pursue and develop their interests in music.

"I learned more in those two weeks than I had in a year of band. Not because I have a bad band director but because it is more advanced and you get lots of individual attention. Seminar also gives you a taste of what college is like. They treat you like adults." – Nicole P., 2016 Seminar student

Develop your gift

  • 2:1 student/faculty ratio with world-class instructors.
  • A transformative experience.
  • Build confidence and leadership skills.
  • Create lasting friendships with others who share your passion.
  • Grow as a soloist and a collaborative chamber musician.
  • Personal attention and individualized training.

During camp, students participate in the following:

  • Elective class
  • Ensembles
  • Musicanship class
  • Performance class
  • Private lessons