School of Music

Summer Music Composition Institute/Camp

Summer Music Composition Institute

This unique program, now in its fourteenth year, was created specifically for high school students, including graduating seniors, who are interested in music composition and is structured to appeal to students of all levels of experience in music. See below for further details.

2016 group photo



Subjects and activities

Some comments from previous participants

“The summer music composition program at IWU was a life changing experience.  I had never been around so many people who were so much like me.  Dr. Pelusi made me feel so welcomed and taught me so much.  If I had the chance, I would do the summer camp all over again.”

Marissa Simmons
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Lincolnshire, Illinois

“This program introduces students of all levels to a comprehensive guide to creating sound and improves musicianship on many levels.”

David Bloom, Indian Springs School
Birmingham, Alabama

"If you are interested in music composition, you won’t find a better camp to go to than this one.  Having your composition recorded by professional musicians is a wonderful experience.  Dr. Pelusi taught me everything I needed to know about composition in general as well as help me with my own composition along the way."

Sam Mullooly
Pius XI High School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

More Participants' Comments

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The principal faculty member is Dr. Mario J. Pelusi, Professor of Composition and Theory and Director of the School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University.  An accomplished composer, theorist, and conductor, Dr. Pelusi holds the M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition from Princeton University, and the B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the University of Southern California.  For detailed biographical information, click here

Additional instruction will be provided by faculty members with particular expertise in the area of music technology.



Send an e-mail message to this address: (this will put you in direct contact with Dr. Pelusi), or call the IWU School of Music at (309) 556-3061.  After your message has been received, you will be contacted and sent a detailed program schedule and a registration form. 

Limited enrollment--Registration deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019