Summer Music Program


  • Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp

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As part of its Summer Music Programs, Illinois Wesleyan University offers a Cello Camp and Chamber Music Festival and Camp (July 6-26) to young musicians of college, high school, and junior high ages, who wish to participate in intensive musical training on the historic campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.   All performances are free and open to the public and take place in Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall, 1210 Park St., Bloomington, Ill.

Cello Camp

IWU Cello Camp

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Illinois Wesleyan University Cello Camp (Returning Summer 2015)

The IWU Cello Camp is a two-week program designed for young cellists who wish to participate in intensive cello studies.  The daily schedule includes private lessons, small cello ensembles, cello orchestra, master classes, and performances.  The camp also offers a variety of elective activities such as: Singing & Acting, Ear-training, Tennis, International Dance, and Conversational Armenian.  

The IWU Cello Camp will conclude with the 20th annual Midwest Cello Celebration, a combined performance of the camp’s students, faculty and guests.


  • Nina Gordon – Professor of Cello and Chamber Music, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Dana Woolard Hughlett – Principal, St. Joseph Symphony, Missouri
  • Serafim Smigelskiy  Faculty, Brooklyn College; Internationally Acclaimed Soloist
  • Christa Saeger – Faculty, Morton College


Tuition is $780. Room and board is an additional $620.

Need-based scholarships are available

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The deadline for Cello Camp is April 21, 2014.  Campus housing is limited; please apply early.  Upon acceptance, you will receive a letter with arrival time, rules and regulations, a list of items to bring to camp, maps of Bloomington and the IWU campus, and a personal waiver to be signed by parents or guardians.

Summer Performance Schedule (2015 T.B.A.)

Information for Friends and Family

Friends and family are invited to attend camp performances and recitals.

For additional information contact Nina Gordon at 309-556-3828.



Cello Camp 2014 Application

Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp at IWU

(July 6-26 2014)



The Illinois Chamber Music Festival at IWU for strings, piano, winds, and harp will be held July 6-26.  This program is designed for young musicians who wish to participate in intensive chamber music training.  The schedule consists of daily coaching, rehearsals, master classes, and performances by students and faculty.  Other studies and activities include singing, international dance, tennis, and swimming.

Pre-formed groups with prepared repertoire will be able to perform in opening master classes.

For more information, please visit

Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp at IWU
July 6-26

Piano Quartet
Founder and Music Director: Nina Gordon
Executive Director: Lisa Nelson

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