Students in grades 9 through 12 may apply for admission; 2018 graduates are included. Enrollment decisions are based on a recorded audition and music teacher endorsement letters.
The application postmark deadline is March 1. Applications will continue to be accepted until all vacancies are filled. Candidates must mail a completed application, music teacher endorsement letter, $100 deposit (which does apply to the total tuition due), and a recorded audition. See additional details below. Acceptance letters and scholarship offers will be mailed by later in April and continue until all vacancies are filled.
Even though seminar features individualized instruction and low student-faculty ratios, the tuition fees compare favorably with those at camps that do not include daily chamber music instruction and private lessons. The tuition fees listed below are from the previous year. Seminar 2019 tuition fees will be updated in December.
- $1,685 Resident (live on campus)
- $1,485 Commuting (live off campus)
Program Content and Instruction
Most students are involved in six class experiences daily. Chamber music making and private lessons for each instrumentalist are seminar features.
Most rehearsals and classes are conducted by faculty members and teaching assistants from the School of Music at Western Michigan University.
Course descriptions, sample schedules and a list of the faculty (as appointments are finalized) are included on the sample class schedules page.
Housing and meals
Students are housed in WMU residence hall facilities and have access to many University services including libraries, health service and the student center. The residence hall is supervised by a carefully selected counseling staff of WMU music students. Meals are served cafeteria style. Summer hours can be found on the WMU dining services page.
Candidates may enroll as commuting students. They enjoy all program privileges (classes and activities), but do not sleep in the residence hall. Cafeteria meals and a parking permit are included.
Students benefit from a variety of evening activities designed to create a cultural, social and recreational balance to the daily schedule of classes. The recreational and social schedule includes swimming, ice skating, dances, parties, off-campus bowling and movie night, beach trip to Lake Michigan, open mic night, etc.
Evening events which are cultural are usually required, while social and recreational events are optional. Residence hall activities and practice room facilities are available on nights when no evening event is required. Discretionary free time is part of the seminar experience.
"This is a must for any student interested in pursuing music as a career. There were scholarships available that helped defray some of the costs. If you haven't let you child try this out yet please reconsider. My son is now doing jazz, classical, and made awesome friends. I saw kids emerge from their cocoons as the most beautiful confident musicians." – Jacki R., parent of 2016 Seminar student