Friday June 17

Friday REH and CHECKOUT 2016 Apts.pdfView Friday Schedule.pdf

Sunday June 12 - friday june 17, 2016

Furman's Band and Orchestra Camp is a unique one-week experience designed to help 260 students, ages 12-18, fuel their musical enthusiasm and boost their playing skills. Talented musicians from across the country come to Furman with expectations of taking their performance skills to the next level. Students are challenged in vigorous daily rehearsals, musicianship classes, and master classes. Students perform in one of four large ensembles (a full symphony orchestra, a string orchestra, and two concert bands) and may audition for a jazz ensemble, various chamber groups, or perform as a soloist on the Honors Solo Recital. Evening recitals and the Friday concert are open to the public. Private lessons available for an additional fee. In addition to performance instruction, the camp offers classes in basic musicianship for all levels, optional private lessons and daily recreational activities, all within the beautiful setting of the Furman campus. The week offers a memorable experience of musicianship and camaraderie.

We strongly urge you to consider taking private lessons during camp. They are an ideal way to work one-on-one with an expert musician on the fundamental aspects of your playing, including tone production, technique, and musicianship, especially if you have never had the opportunity to take lessons before. Lessons are 30 minutes each, and are scheduled during mutually convenient breaks in your daily schedule.




Parents, use this web form to register your student and pay by credit card or print a copy and *mail with check to the address listed on the bottom of the form. *Registrations are not considered until full payment is received.  Read Financial and Refund Information.

  • 2016 Resident Campers: $495
  • 2016 Commuters: $390
  • Private lessons: $30 per half hour session

Full payment is expected at time of registration. If you earned All-State/Regional honors ensemble placement, have a sibling attending the camp or are the child of a Furman employee, you may be eligible for a discount. Verification is required.

Application Requirements

For concert band and orchestral string students age 12 - 18.
Acceptance is based on instrumentation balance of the ensembles, residence hall space, applicant's grade level, ability level, date of application and prior attendance. Apply early, some sections close prior to the application deadline.

Middle school students:

  • Must have at least two years of study and ensemble experience on your concert band or orchestral string instrument prior to camp.  
  • Suzuki Strings: Students should have a minimum of two years of instruction playing grade three repertoire in their school programs and youth orchestras or the equivalent of Suzuki Book 4 for violinist and Suzuki Book 3 for violists, cellists and basses.
  • Must be age 12 prior to June 1.

High School students:

  • Must have at least three years of study and ensemble experience on your concert band or orchestral string instrument.
  • Suzuki-trained strings: Violinists should be at Suzuki Book 6 level or higher. Viola, Cello, and Double Bass should be at Suzuki Book 5 level or higher.


BAND CAMP: Three concert bands, one symphony orchestra winds and percussion section, one jazz ensemble, several chamber ensembles. Students audition Sunday and are seated in their primary band. Placement in the jazz or chamber ensembles is for advanced students and based on the Sunday audition and their personal interest. Students rehearse with their designated ensembles twice a day.
View Sample Band Schedule.
STRING CAMP: One string-only orchestra, one full symphony orchestra with wind/percussion sections, one jazz ensemble, one string quartet. Students audition Sunday and are seated in their primary orchestra. Placement in the jazz ensemble or quartet is for advanced students and based on the Sunday audition and their personal interest. Students rehearse with their designated ensembles twice a day.
View Sample String Schedule.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE can be added to your daily schedule. Trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass (upright), drums and piano needed. The instrument you audition on for the jazz ensemble does not have to be your primary camp instrument - for example- guitar, piano or bari sax. Yes - we need good jazz pianists.  Rehearses once a day. 
Included in schedules posted to the left.

Ensemble Placement

On the Sunday of camp, you have 5 minutes to show off your skills and ​let us know your interests (if advanced enough for orchestra, jazz ensemble or a chamber ensemble). Prepare a brief solo excerpt or etude no more than 2 minutes in length. Know the basic scales and common key signatures appropriate for your grade level. They will ask you to sight-read a brief excerpt. Since you spend much of the first two days at camp sight-reading music in the ensembles, this is an important part of your placement. Students arriving late to camp and missing the placement auditions will be assigned in an ensemble by the faculty and seated at the back of their instrument section.

Interested in the camp Jazz Ensemble?  If you play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, double bass, or percussion, you will simply indicate your interest to the faculty member who hears your Sunday audition. If you play piano or guitar, you will need to play a separate audition for Dr. Olson on Sunday. If you play electric bass or guitar, you will need to bring your own instrument AND patch cord(s). We provide the amp. 

Percussion - your audition takes a bit longer since you may be doing solos and sight-reading on mallets, snare, and timpani (tuning). If you only play one or two of those, no problem - that's why you come to music camp! Audition on the percussion areas in which you have experience. If you have never played timpani, you do not have to audition on timpani. Jazz drum set auditions are optional - if interested, come prepared to play a sampling of various rhythms (swing, Latin, funk).

Theory Test (survey) - No stress. This is to place you in a musicianship class that best matches your skills and interests.

Registration Check-In and Placement Auditions
Check-Out, Lunch , Concert
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. BOARDER Check-in McAlister auditorium foyer. Housing open for move-in starting at 11 a.m.; Since the dining hall will not yet be open, lunch is on your own.
  • 1:00 p.m. COMMUTER Check-in
  • 1:30 p.m. Welcome Meeting for ALL parents, students, faculty, staff (McAlister Auditorium)
  • 2 - 4:30 p.m., Placement audition and theory test for all students. Parents depart. Students remain at the music complex until dinner.
  • 4:45 p.m. Dinner meeting in McAlister Auditorium. Counselors will walk the student to their first meal in the dining hall.
  • Room Check-out PRIOR to 10 am. Students will move luggage to the music bldg or meet parents at the dorms.
  • Rehearsals 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • Lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm depending on student's ensemble rehearsal schedule. Family member welcome, they may pay at the dining hall entry doors.
  • Closing concert begins at 1 pm: FREE! Family and friends welcome! McAlister Auditorium. Orders/payment for concert CDs will be collected.

2016 HOUSING location TBA.  Bed size TBA. 

Roommates: Housing is carefully assigned by age and musical interests based on information the students give us later in the process.  Yes, students may request to room with a friend/sibling - both must request each other on the confirmation packet housing form.  Boys never enter or approach the girl's housing area and vice versa.

Meals will be served in our main dining hall. The DH features a variety of diet options, including a salad bar, four serving lines, a wood-fire pizza oven and a dessert bar. All meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch) are included in the boarding student fee. Commuters eat lunch and dinner with the boarding students - those meals are included in your camp fee.

Students who drive to camp will be provided with a parking permit. However, boarding students are not permitted to leave camp or use their cards until the week's activities are complete. Curfews and strict guidelines are enforced while on campus.

Counselors and other adult staff will supervise all activities. The Furman University Police Department and local law enforcement will provide additional security.

Contact us

Have a question about the camp? Contact one of the Directors listed at the top of the page or contact Marcella Frese, programs coordinator, at 864.294.2118,

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