Summer Music Composition Institute/Camp Information
If you intend to drive here, click on this link for detailed directions. Our first meeting will be in Presser Hall. The dormitory in which you will reside is Dodds Hall.
If you intend to fly here, you will want to make the connections you will need to
make in order to arrive at the Central Illinois Regional Airport here in Bloomington, Illinois. Since check-in will be at 4:00 on the first day, you
should try to arrive in the morning or, preferably, in the early afternoon, if possible.
If this is not possible, please inform Dr. Pelusi. Also, the airport is only a 15-minute
cab ride from the University, but if we know in advance what time you will arrive
(and know your flight number and cell phone number), we will arrange to meet you at
With regard to location, Illinois Wesleyan University is situated in a very lovely
and safe urban environment. Participants are not permitted to leave campus unless
escorted by a member of the Composition Institute staff. All class activities will
be held in Presser Hall.
A Typical Daily Schedule:
The days are highly structured with classes, breaks, meals, and recreation time, all
of which are supervised. Note: After you register, you will be sent a detailed schedule
for each day that will include the subjects for each class, times for private composition
lessons, room locations, etc.
Breakfast: 7:00 – 8:00
Free time: 8:00 – 8:30
Class: 8:30 – 10:00
Break: 10:00 - 10:15
Class: 10:15 – 11:30
Free time: 11:30 – 11:45
Class: 1:30 – 3:00
Break: 3:00 – 3:15
Class: 3:15 - 4:30
Composing time: 4:30 – 5:30
Recreation: 7:00 – 8:00 *
Free time: 8:00 – 8:30
Composing time: 8:30 – 10:00
Free time/recreation: 10:00 – 11:00 **
* In the Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation, activities include basketball,
volleyball, indoor badminton, indoor soccer, and dodgeball are available. There will
also be two ice cream socials: one on the first night (Sunday) and one on Friday night.
** Many different activities are available during the late evening free period; for
example, billiards, foosball, television, movies, a variety of board games, etc.
The program will culminate on Friday with the live performance and recording of each
participant’s original composition.
Each student will be assigned to his or her own private room. Dodds Hall has suites
in which there are four lockable bedrooms and a shared bath in each suite. All of
the men and a male IWU student staff member will reside on their own floor in the
dormitory, and all of the women and a female IWU staff member will reside on their
own floor in the dormitory.
What to bring:
All linens will be provided. If you wish to bring your own pillow, you may do so,
but pillows will also be provided. With the exceptions of pencils, pens, and writing
paper (please bring these items with you so that you can take notes), all class materials
will be provided. Please bring clothes that can be worn while participating in any
of the recreational activities cited above. Of course, you should bring toiletries
and any additional personal items you may want to have with you (for example, a computer,
musical instruments, etc.). Essentially, you can bring most anything you wish as
long as you can carry it into your room. Please note that the University cannot be
held responsible for the loss of personal items. Also, please remember that all lunches
and dinners are pre-paid, but that you will need to purchase breakfast; therefore,
please bring some cash with you for this purpose or for any other personal purchases
you may wish to make while you are here with us in Bloomington. Note: if you have
any dietary restrictions, please inform Dr. Pelusi.
Finally, each participant will compose an original work of music while here in our
program, and this composition will be notated on a computer using the Finale music
notation software program (the computers are located in our two computer labs). If
you use a computer music notation program other than Finale, we will provide detailed
instructions on how to use Finale. If you are familiar with another program (e.g.,
Sibelius) and want to use only Sibelius or a different program while you are here,
you are welcome to bring this program loaded on your own laptop (and you can work
in one of our practice rooms). Also, if you own Finale and would like to work on
your music in a practice room rather than in the computer lab, please bring it loaded
on your own laptop.