The Washburn University music department offers several summer music youth camps as well as special music days on campus during the academic yearFor additional information about specific camps, dates, fees and other information, click to see more about each camp.

Join some of the finest jazz musicians and educators in the country for jazz camp June 5-10, 2022. The jazz camp will focus on improvisation, small group performance, jazz theory and many other related skills associated with the Jazz idiom. This camp is open to middle school and high school students (grades 7 – 12). 

  • Jazz combos
  • Faculty Performances 
  • Master classes 
  • Jazz history 
  • Student jam sessions 
  • Artist lectures 

Campers have the option to stay on or off the Washburn University campus and will be provided with housing, all meals, and a summer jazz camp t-shirt. Register Now.

The tuition fees outlined below should be paid in full by March 27, 2022. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is included in the total fee.

  • $490.00 - Camper, single occupancy - Includes all meals, housing, and a t-shirt.
  • $450.00 - Campers, double occupancy - Includes all meals, housing, and a t-shirt.
  • $300.00 - Non-Camper - Includes all meals and a t-shirt.

After submitting the registration form, you will be directed to pay the tuition fee online by credit or debit card. You will also have the option to send a check or money order (payable to Washburn University Music Department) to:

Washburn Summer Jazz Camp

1700 SW College Avenue

Topeka, KS 66621


The Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival is April 1, 2022.

The enrollment deadline is March 11, 2022.

Jazz Festival Registration 

July 21-25, 2020

The 16th Annual Washburn University Total Percussion Camp with featured clinicians The Great Plains Percussion Group.  The WUTPC is unlike any other camp in the area, providing students with concerts and clinics in multiple areas of percussion. Students will engage in hands on instruction covering marching percussion, drumset, concert percussion, samba band and more.  They will experience professional concerts (open to the public) by The Great Plains Percussion Group and the camp instructors. On the final day students will perform a concert featuring the WUTPC student drumlines, percussion ensembles, and Mass Percussion Ensemble (all students, Great Plains Percussion Group and camp instructors). 

Campers will stay four nights in the Living Learning Center on the Washburn University campus and eat in Lincoln dining hall. Camp fees include room, all meals, all instructional materials, all camp activities and a t-shirt! 

On Saturday, parents can join the camp for a concert featuring all the campers performing in the various ensembles they have been working in all week.  

The 2020 camp will feature, among others:

  • The Great Plains Percussion Group - Professional Percussion Group Based.  

Members of this group include Jamie Whitmarsh (Principal Timpanist-OKC Symphony), Dr. Tommy Dobbs (Instructor of Percussion-University of Arkansas Fort Smith), Patrick Womack (Adjunct Percussion-Oklahoma Baptist University, Section Percussion-OKC Symphony), Ryan Robinson (Percussion Instructor-Casady School, Freelance Percussionist), Dr. Keith Hendricks (Instructor-OKC University, Freelance Percussionist)

  • Dr. Von Hansen- Camp Director.  Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion-Washburn University
  • Brandon Graves- School of Music Director- The Culture House
  • Dylan Bassett- Lecturer, West African Drumming- The University of Kansas
  • Theodore Musick – Percussion Instructor Shawnee Heights, Freelance Percussion, Kansas City
  • Emory Dease – Director of Percussion, Seaman High School
  • Chris Exum – Director of Percussion, Washburn Rural High School
  • Dave Liston – Percussion Instructor Seaman High School, Lawrence High, Freelance Drumset Artist.
  • David Wingerson – Percussion/Band Director, Shawnee Heights High School

Registration Deadline & Fees:

Click here to register.

The cost of this camp is $400 for residents and $275 for commuters, including a minimum  $100 non-refundable deposit  that must be paid with the registration form. The full balance can be paid at the time of registration or the remaining balance can be paid at registration. There is also a small fee for online payments.

You can pay online by credit or debit card or you can pay by check. If you are paying by check, fill out the form and select "Pay by Check" from the drop down menu on the payment page. 

Group discount rates are available. Contact Von Hansen for more details. 

Registration deadline is June 1, 2020.  If you register after June 1, 2020, you will be charged a late processing fee of $25. Register early to reserve your spot! 

If you have questions, contact Dr. Von Hansen, camp director, at 785.670.1847,

Online registration form 

Camper Conduct Contract

Download and mail the form 

Mail forms to:

Total Percussion Camp/Dr. Von Hansen

C/O Washburn University Music Department

1700 SW College Ave.

Topeka, KS 66621

I Heart Cello Day

This is an annual performance clinic for students throughout northeast Kansas. I Heart Cello Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 19, 2022.

The Cello Collective

The Fall 2021 session begins on Thursday, September 9.

For more information about both I Heart Cello Day and The Cello Collective, Contact Erinn Renyer at


The annual Washburn Youth Wind Ensemble provides fantastic musical experiences for middle and high school band students in the greater Topeka area. Students will get to work with a variety of musicians and clinicians throughout the area and experience what the Washburn music department has to offer. The event will provide concert experiences and master classes for those who attend. The festival will host more than 100 of the top musicians from the Topeka-area schools for a full-day workshop, concluding with a concert that is open to family, friends, directors and community members. It is a marvelous opportunity for all participants!

For more information, contact Dr. Tom Seddon,

Auditions for Topeka Symphony Orchestra youth ensembles are held in August for the upcoming season. For more information, including audition dates and materials, please email, or call TSO at (785)232-2032.

Both the Youth Orchestra and the Debut Orchestra are scheduled to perform at White Concert Hall:

  • 3 p.m., Sunday, November 14, 2021
  • 3 p.m., Sunday, March 6, 2022

Join us for Trombonopolis! This event is for trombone players of all ages and abilities. You'll get to participate in masterclasses hosted by professional trombonists, including a special guest artist. Attendees will participate in trombone ensembles according to age and ability. All ensembles will perform in White Concert Hall separately and as one large choir with the guest artists. 

Trombonopolis is Sunday, October 24. in Garvey Fine Arts Center and White Concert Hall. Registration for this event is $25 and includes lunch for the day and a t-shirt. Vendors will be available at the event for attendees to try out instruments and accessories. Raffles and door prizes will be awarded at the concert. A concert will conclude the event in White Concert Hall and is free for all to attend. 

A full itinerary is coming soon.

Registration accepted up to day of camp and on-site. Day-of registration must be filled out prior to arriving.

To guarantee a T-shirt, register by October 10.

Payment accepted via cash or check. Please make the check out to  Washburn University and mailed to Washburn University Music Department Attn: Karen Ballard / Trombonopolis – 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka KS 66621.


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