Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp

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Illinois Chamber Music Festival

As part of its Summer Music Programs, Illinois Wesleyan University offers a Cello Camp (June 20 - July 3) and Chamber Music Festival (July 12 - August 1) 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.

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Cello Camp

Illinois Wesleyan University Cello Camp (June 20 - July 3)

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: Musical Theater, Ear-training, Tennis, International Dance, and Conversational Language.    

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
  • Ruth Marshall - Principal, Illinois Symphony Orchestra
  • Andrew Hesse - Chicago Lyric Opera

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Tuition is $780. Room and board is an additional $630.

Need-based scholarships are available



The deadline for Cello Camp is April 20, 2015.  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.


2015 Summer Performance Schedule:

Tuesday, June 23rd @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27th @ 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 30th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 3rd @ 2:00 p.m. (20th Annual Midwest Cello Celebration)

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.



Illinois Chamber Music Festival at IWU (July 12-August 1, 2015) 



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Founder and Music Director:  Nina Gordon
Executive Director:  Lisa Nelson
The Illinois Chamber Music Festival at IWU for strings, piano, winds, brass, and harp will be held July 12 - August 1.  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 and acting, international dance, tennis, and swimming.


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

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