Camps hosted by the Washburn music department

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 us for our summer string orchestra camp May 31 - June 3-10, 2022. The camp will focus on orchestra playing, small group performance, music theory and many other related skills. This camp is open to middle school and high school students (grades 7 – 12).

  • Orchestra
  • Faculty Performances
  • Master classes
  • Chamber music
  • 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 camp t-shirt.

The tuition fees outlined below should be paid in full by May 13, 2022. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is included in the total fee.

  • $490.00 - Camper, single occupancy - Includes 3 meals/day, housing, and a t-shirt.
  • $450.00 - Campers, double occupancy - Includes 3 meals/day, housing, and a t-shirt.
  • $300.00 - Non-Camper - Includes 3 meals/day and a t-shirt.

String Orchestra Camp Online Registration

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 Orchestra Camp
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621

Dates: July 25-29, 2022
Location: Washburn University—Garvey Fine Arts Center and White Concert Hall

Join the fine Washburn University faculty and guest artists for Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy (WSKA)! Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy is a camp that focuses on the study and performance of piano and organ. Students entering grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and college are eligible to participate. Eligible students must have taken at least two (2) years of consecutive private lessons and must be able to read music. Along with daily lessons on piano and/or organ, students will learn from keyboard workshops, join in recreational outdoor activities, take classes in literature and music theory, play in performance classes, have designated practice time, play in sight-reading get-togethers, enjoy socializing and game-time with other young musicians, listen to faculty performances, and perform a gala concert in epic White Concert Hall!

Students will have access to beautiful instruments including two Steinway concert grands. All piano lessons and classes will be taught on Steinways. Organ students will have the luxury of playing and practicing on the magnificent Reuter organ in White Concert Hall, which is an electro-pneumatic organ with 50 ranks, 2,844 pipes, 4 divisions, 3 manuals, 41 stops, and 55 registers. Garvey Fine Arts Center has ample access to practice rooms as well as a modern piano lab that houses sixteen (16) Yamaha Clavinovas. Additionally, in the dormitory lobby, there is a historic Steinway that can be used for performances and social gatherings. Students have the option to join as overnight campers or as commuter day students. Housing, meals, and resident supervision are provided in a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned dormitory and dining hall. The dormitory is located right across the lawn from the music facilities. Commuters will be served lunches and dinners, which is included in their camp tuition. Register now!

Featured faculty:

Dr. Lucy Tan, WSKA Director/Piano

Dr. Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Organ

Dr. Kristi Baker-Lampe, Piano

Mr. Joseph Piontek, Piano and Composition

Dr. Kelly Huff, Music History and Music Theory

Registered applicants, click here to read the Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy Handbook.

Tuition costs for WSKA 2022:

  • Tuition for campers, single occupancy in shared suite, all meals included: $495.00
  • Tuition for campers, double occupancy in shared suite, all meals: $455.00
  • Tuition for commuters, lunches and dinners included: $350.00
  • Non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is paid when you register online; the $50.00 goes toward your camp tuition.

Special note: Tuition includes three (3) 25-minute private lessons with our academy faculty. If students would like additional lesson time, they can sign up for extra lessons after check-in. Please read the WSKA Information Packet for more information.

Click here to register online for WSKA

Registration deadline is July 5, 2022. Late registrations will be subject to a $25.00 late processing fee. If you withdraw from the camp, your tuition will be refunded to you minus the $50.00 non-refundable deposit and any accrued late processing fees.

Ways to pay tuition:

  • The tuition can be conveniently paid in full via credit card at online registration.
  • OR register online with the $50.00 non-refundable deposit, then pay the remainder of the tuition balance at camp arrival/check-in. We accept checks and money orders written out to “Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy.”

If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Lucy Tan (WSKA Director) or call 785.670.1517.

We look forward to you joining us in an inspiring, exciting, music-filled week at Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy!

“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

-Maria Cristina Mena, Author

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.

Jazz Camp Registration

Jazz Camp Handbook

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 12-16, 2022

The 17th 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 have the option to 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 2022 Featured Artists are:

  • 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-Oklahoma City University), Patrick Womack (Adjunct Percussion-Oklahoma Baptist University, Section Percussion-OKC Symphony), Dr. Keith Hendricks (Instructor-OKC University, Freelance Percussionist)

  • There will be numerous other clinicians and faculty members working with students.

Registration Deadline & Fees:

Registration form

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 check-in. There is also a small fee for online payments.

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

Registration deadline is June 1, 2022. If you register after June 1, 2022, 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,


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. 

Check out the full itinerary!

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.


GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Music

Department of Music
Garvey Fine Arts Center, Room 211
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1511
Fax: 785.670.1042

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