May 20th with performances at 11am and 12pm
Concert Band Camp
July 9 @ 2:00 pm - July 14 @ 7:00 pm
Concert Band Camp is for you! All students can come together and share in a variety of activities that are fun and rewarding. Challenging music, interacting with many people, and learning from Master Teachers and fellow campers will make this a memory you’ll treasure forever. Many campers return summer after summer to continue their musical and personal growth. You belong here and find your people!
During the week, you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of musical styles and genres. Solos, duets, trios, chamber music and large ensembles are part of this camp. You’ll have the opportunity to work with our incredible faculty members in instrument-specific masterclasses and sectionals where you’ll work on improving your technique, tone production and literature. You’ll also spend time perfecting the songs you will play on the final concerts.
July 9 @ 2:00 pm - July 14 @ 7:00 pm
For students completing grades 6-12; Adult Registration as commuter only and with instructor consent.
Friday, July 14 - 5pm Shell Lake Pavilion (Aderman Auditorium Rain Location)
Each day also includes elective courses where students can choose instruction in history, improvisation, conducting, bucket band, steel drums and even polka bands. Our bands are seated by ability and skills and most middle school students are placed in the Northwoods Band and most high school students are placed in the Lakeside Band. Chamber ensembles will be offered as well as ensembles like garage band percussion. Instructors may choose to provide limited individual instruction outside of scheduled time.
Placement Sessions-When you arrive in Shell Lake on Sunday, you will play for your teacher that you will work with for the entire week. Please bring the music for a piece that you have been working on. It could be a solo or etude. You should also be prepared to play a one or two octave scale in C, Bb and A. You may play these at any tempo that is comfortable for you. This screening is not intended to be scary but is a chance for your teacher to hear your skills and abilities.
Before you arrive at camp, a link will be sent for you to complete an electronic assessment of your theory skills. Students will have daily instruction in Music Theory and will be grouped with students of similar skills and knowledge.
7:15 Wake Up
10:00 Music Theory
10:45 Large Ensemble Rehearsals
2:00 Elective Courses
2:30 Large Ensemble Rehearsals
3:30 Free Time
7:00 Evening Concerts/Camp Activities
10:30 Lights out
Kristin Tjornehoj holds a Ph.D. in music education and a M.M. from the University of Minnesota, and a B.M. degree in music education and performance from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. She is active as a musician, conductor, educator and speaker, which has taken her across the U.S., Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany Iceland, Israel, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. She maintains a musical life including conducting in both professional and educational settings and is the director of the Symphony Band and St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra. Kris has been active in church music, leading the choir…Learn More
Questions? Feel free to contact us for any additional information.
Accommodations ~ Lodges are available for the duration of the camp session. They are supervised by a professional counseling staff on duty 24 hours each day and meals are prepared under the supervision of a state-approved dietitian.
Commuter students are expected to remain at camp until the day's activities are completed (Typically 9:am-8pm).
Registrations ~ Online registrations are accepted until the camp is full. Students may be placed on a waiting list if desired. A camp registration form is sent after payment is received. All cancellations must be made in writing and received 3 weeks in advance of the start of camp for a full refund. A $75.00 fee will be deducted from your refund. Refunds less than three weeks before camp will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Residential Tuition~Our student tuition is $725 per student and includes instructional fees, room and board and a camp t shirt which will be worn at the final performance. Please refer to the registration materials found on our registration site at Ultracamp for complete details. A $100 down payment is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance can be paid at the time of registration or in equal monthly installments. All Tuition must be paid before arrival at camp.
Commuter Tuition~This option is for campers that want to attend our camps but not stay in our dorms, The $400 tuition covers instructional fees, a camp T-Shirt which will be worn at the final performance, meals, and evening activities. Commuters arrive for their first class by 9AM, and can be picked up any time after evening activities conclude (usually around 8pm).
Scholarships ~Each year, the Arts Center raises funds for the scholarship program. If you are interested in applying for an Arts Center scholarship, please visit our website
Check-in/Check-out~Check in begins at 2pm on Sunday of the week your camp begins. All medical, dietary, and consent forms must be completed in UltraCamp before arriving at camp. Additional information will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before camp begins.
Additional Information ~ To request disability accommodations, or other special requests, please contact the Arts Center at least two weeks in advance of camp. More information about camp and all of the opportunities available at the Shell Lake Arts Center can be found on our website.
Participants are admitted without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. The Shell Lake Arts Center is an inclusive organization, and we accept all artists and musicians.