NIU Percussion Camp

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NIU Percussion Camp Registration 

An immersive percussion experience for students of all abilities!

July 22 - 26, 2019
Grades 6 - 12, grade completion
Early Bird Registration - Commuter* (Postmarked June 1 or earlier) $500
Early Bird Registration - Residential (Postmarked June 1 or earlier) $600
Regular Registration - Commuter* (Postmarked June 2 or later) $550
Regular Registration - Residential (Postmarked June 2 or later) $650  

Join world-class Northern Illinois University percussion faculty, alumni, and students this summer for a four-day residential camp exploring the amazing world of percussion! Students of all ages and levels of experience perform in concert percussion ensembles, samba bands, steel drum ensembles, participate in classes on snare drum, drum set, timpani, keyboard percussion, attend faculty recitals, and more.

After a tremendously successful first summer, this year’s percussion camp is expanding to a residential camp. Students will practice and perform at the NIU Music Building, live in the Gilbert Hall, enjoy student activities on the NIU Campus, and eat all meals at the newly renovated Gilbert Hall. 

*Commuter registration is available for students who do not wish to stay in the residence halls on campus. Parents will drop students off at the Gilbert Residence hall immediately following breakfast and will pick students up at Gilbert immediately following the evening activity.


Percussion Camp FAQs

What do I need to bring for classes and rehearsals? Students will need to bring a pair of drum sticks, a drum pad, a pair of yarn or cord keyboard mallets, a notebook, and a pencil. -No need to bring bell kits or drums.

Do I need to read music? No – but it will certainly make the workshop much easier and enjoyable for you. We will have student volunteers available for anyone who may need help.

What if I don’t know how to play some of these instruments? Great! This is exactly why we are happy to host this workshop. This will be a safe, fun, engaging environment to expand your knowledge of the wonderful world of percussion regardless of your level of experience.

What if I have special needs? Through the CSA and our outstanding faculty and volunteers, we are happy to help with any special needs that present themselves. Please just make note of any physical considerations, food allergies, and/or learning strategies that would be worth sharing in your registration form.

What kind of clothes should I wear? Classes can get quite active, so comfortable fitting and classroom appropriate attire is great. Remember that it is summer, so shorts and modest shirts are entirely welcome. Athletic shoes are suggested, but sandals will be fine. 


Check-In/All-Camp Performance

Check-In: Monday, July 22, 2019 Check-in is on Monday between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. First, campers and parents check into the camp residence hall, Gilbert Hall, with their luggage. Then go to the nearby Music Building and pick up camp packets. The Camp Orientation begins at 9:15 a.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. 

Camp Orientation The camper/parent orientation meeting is at 9:15 a.m. with camp directors Ben Wahlund and staff in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.  Parents welcome.  

All-Camp Performance: Friday, July 26, 2019 The All-Camp Performance is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Campers and parents will pick up campers' belongings at about 5:30 p.m. at the Gilbert residence hall immediately after the performance. 

Addresses 

Student Dorm: Gilbert Hall 383 Gilbert Drive, Dekalb IL 60115

Check-In and All Camp Performance: Music Building 550 Lucinda Ave, Dekalb IL 60115

Parking Convenient free parking is available in the lot south of the Music and Art Buildings. Gilbert Hall is within easy walking distance of this lot and there is a small lot in front of Gilbert. 

Note: All times are subject to change. Be sure to check the camper letter that you will receive about one month before the start of camp to confirm the information. 


Camp Information

Camper Packets

Campers receive a packet with camp information, forms, and payment information in early June. This includes information about what to bring to camp, a final bill for the balance of payment, camper rules, and an information sheet about housing and meals. All this information (minus billing information) will be online by June 3. 

Health Information (New for 2019!)

We use an online service called Camp Docs to safely and securely collect camper health information. Once you have registered we will contact you via email to begin the process of submitting camper health information via Camp Docs. 


Registration and Payment

July 22 - 26, 2019 
Grades 6 - 12, grade completion
Early Bird Registration - Commuter* (Postmarked June 1 or earlier) $500
Early Bird Registration - Residential (Postmarked June 1 or earlier) $600
Regular Registration - Commuter* (Postmarked June 2 or later) $550
Regular Registration - Residential (Postmarked June 2 or later) $650

*Commuter registration is available for students who do not wish to stay in the residence halls on campus. Parents will drop students off at the Gilbert Residence hall immediately following breakfast and will pick students up at Gilbert immediately following the evening activity.

All registration forms must be accompanied by a deposit of $100. This may be paid by credit card or by check, made payable to Northern Illinois University. A registration form without the deposit will not be processed. The only exception is if you are applying for an NIU need scholarship; you will be expected to pay the $20 scholarship application fee only. See the scholarship section for more detail.

Online Registration Form - (Credit card payments only)

Paper Registration Form - PDF form coming soon!
(Fax, mail, or print/scan/email. Payment via Credit card or checks mailed to the office) 

The balance of payment is due on June 14 If you paid the deposit by credit card, the balance will be charged to the same card by NIU on this date. Balance payments by check are due on this date. If you have any questions about billing or registration please contact us!

Scholarship Information

There is a limited amount of money available for need-based scholarships from NIU. The application form is available below or by calling the office at (815) 753-1450. Forms and application fees must be received by May 1. There is a $20 non-refundable application fee for NIU need scholarships. The fee will be applied towards the balance owed. Forms that do not include the application fee or that are missing requested information will not be processed.

If you are applying for a scholarship please send in the Paper Registration Form with your completed scholarship application. You do not need to pay the $100 deposit at this time, only the $20 scholarship application fee. Award letters are sent in mid-May.

In previous years, many campers have received scholarship aid from their schools, local booster clubs, PTAs, community theatres, and local service organizations. We recommend that you contact such groups in your area in early spring.

Summer in the Arts Need Scholarship Form

Discounts

Returning Camper and Family Discount - Campers who have previously attended NIU Percussion camp and children and grandchildren of NIU staff, faculty, and students receive a $25 discount.

Early Bird Discount - Save when you register and pay the deposit by June 1 (postmark deadline). Camp often fills before the early bird deadline, so it is important to get your registration form in as early as possible if you know you want to attend a camp.

Cancellation/Refund Information

Before Camp

A full refund is provided if NIU cancels the camp or if the camp is full. A full refund may be allowed for campers who withdraw because of illness or a family emergency; these situations are decided on a case-by-case basis and documentation from a doctor or other professional is required.  If the camp is full, the camper is put on a waiting list and will not be charged.

A camper who withdraws more than 28 days before the start date of the camp receives a refund of all but $50.00.  A camper who withdraws 15-27 days before the start date of the camp receives a refund of all but $100.00. A camper who withdraws 14 days or less before the start date of camp does not receive a refund.

During Camp

A camper who leaves camp during the week because of illness or a family emergency may receive a prorated refund, provided documentation from a doctor or other professional is provided within one week of the date the camper left.  If the camper leaves camp during the week for other any other reason, the camper does not receive a refund.

All refunds are issued by the same method of payment that was used to make the payment. Credit card refunds are credited to the same credit card used for the payment within 2-3 days of the request. Refunds by check can take 4–6 weeks.

Camp Contact Information 

Mailing Address:
Summer in the Arts at Northern
Northern Illinois University, College of Visual and Performing Arts
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: (815) 753-1450

Fax: 815-753-8372

Email: ksherman2@niu.edu


Camp Staff

Bret Kuhn – Snare Drum, Drum Set
Dr. Gregory Beyer – Timpani, Samba
Yuko Asada – Steel Drums
Ben Wahlund – Workshop Director, Keyboard Percussion
Steve Lundin – Percussion Ensemble(s) 
Angela Kepley – Keyboard Percussion, Percussion Ensemble
Daniel Jack – Snare Drum