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Honors Composition Program

If you want to be surrounded 24/7 with kids from all over the US and other countries, if you think you may want to be a music major in a college like UM, if you know that performing is what you want to do - THEN - this is the place for you!

Experience this unique opportunity to be coached in a small group setting by our world renowned honors faculty.

Program Length

2 weeks


Session B: July 2 - July 13
Session C: July 16 - July 27


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Age Range

13 and above (qualified younger students may also audition).

Registration Fee

Prior to April 1/$40. After April 1/$75.



Dorm Program - not required for commuters. Includes room, board, and activities


Housing Check In/ Check Out Dates

Session B: Sun, July 1 / Sat., July 14
Session C: Sun, July 15 / Sat, July 28
(note: campers attending both sessions do not need to check out between sessions, dorm counselors will be on duty)


Highly talented and motivated students are invited to apply to our Honors Composition Program. This program has limited enrollment and students are chosen to participate based upon teacher recommendation and audition. Our mission is to bring together students like you from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide you with a challenging college-level experience. Campers should be prepared to work hard in order create an original composition during the camp session. The program is directed by Dr. Shawn Crouch, Assistant Professor of Practice, Theory and Composition and Artistic Director of the Ensemble Iris, at the Frost School of Music.


  • An audition demo is required in order to be accepted into this program.
  • Composers should submit mp3 recording and pdf scores of 2 original compositions.
  • Teacher recommendation

DAILY SCHEDULE (9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.)


DROP OFF at the Frost School of Music

9:00 - 10:00

Piano Duet Ensemble: pianists are grouped in pairs to study duets and duos.
Orchestra: Our conductor is simply awesome!
Jazz Rock Guitar Ensemble
Advanced Performance Practices in Jazz: An in -depth look at Jazz through listening and playing.

10:00 - 11:15

Piano Ensemble
String Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
Music Theory: Advanced Jazz (note: this is not an ensemble)

11:30 - 12:00

LUNCH (Lunch is included in the camp tuition)
In the UM Cafeteria, you will be able to select from the grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries), salad bar, pizza, hot meal of the day, and the deli. Fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages are all included.

12:15 - 1:15

Classical Piano Master Class: an opportunity to be coached on your solo repertoire. (Session B only)
Digital Sound Design: explore digital editing, mixing, and mastering techniques. Students will be encouraged to write, record, and produce an original composition using these techniques.
Music Biz: For all who are interested in making a career out of performing, composing, or producing music. This class goes through the basics of the business, including all aspects of publishing, record labels, and more. You will need to bring a laptop,IPad, or tablet to class. (Session C only)
Blues Ensemble
Jazz Arranging
Chamber Music

1:30 - 2:30

Music Theory - College Prep: Students who have been accepted to the Frost School of Music cannot enroll in the first semester of Music Theory unless they pass a Theory Fundamentals Exam. Other college music programs have similar requirements. This class will help you prepare for this! Topics that will be covered: Intervals and Scales, Major and Minor Key Signatures, Triads and Seventh Chords, Meter and Rhythm, and Harmonic Progression, Hearing Chord Progressions, Solfege and Sight Singing and Basic Part Writing. (Pre-Requisite: knowledge of Theory Fundamentals)
All of the theory classes above use the innovative Frost School of Music experiential model, which incorporates ear training and improvisation.
Latin Jazz Ensemble
Rock Fusion Band

2:45 - 3:45

Honors Composition Workshop

4:00 - 5:00

Honors Composition Forum


This program is directed by UM faculty, Dr. Shawn Crouch.



Private lessons given by our camp staff may be scheduled after regular dismissal. We suggest 60 minute lessons for this age and level.

For Middle School and High School Campers, ages 11 and above

Are you from out of town - or - do you live in South Florida but want to see what it's like to go to a sleep away camp? Our full-time program is open to campers ages 11 and above. Coordinated by our amazingly talented Dorm Counselors, you will spend lots of time playing music and hanging out with kids like you who are seriously into music, plus enjoy fun camp activities too!


After the camp classes are over for the day, you are met by your dorm counselor. You go back to the dorm to rest and relax until dinner. All dorm campers go to dinner together, and then after dinner our counselors plan various activities. Each activity is supervised by one of our (totally awesome) counselors. All campers receive a pass to use the UM Wellness Center (on-campus fitness center with an indoor pool, racquet ball, indoor track, etc.). Campers can also use the evening time to get their practicing in. We have fun activities such as: jam sessions, game night, scavenger hunt, and more... On the weekend, we use our bus to take us to places like the beach, the movies, bowling, and ice skating!


HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? The cost is $1,275 (A non-refundable housing fee is required at the time of registration to reserve your room. This deposit will be applied to your housing balance.)

WHAT DOES THE DORM ROOM PROVIDE AND WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? The dorm is air-conditioned and there is free WIFI. There is a communal bathroom on the floor. There is one floor for our boys and one for our girls. Sheets and towels are provided (bring a pillow and light blanket). There is a laundry room and the camp provides laundry detergent, so that you can wash your clothes. After you register for the Dorm Program, we will send you our complete Dorm Packet with what to bring, health forms, and dorm program rules.

WILL I HAVE A ROOMMATE? Everyone has a roommate. We will match you up with someone close in age or if you come with a friend, you can request to be roommates.

WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS? Our counselors are college students or college graduates. They are in charge of what you do after our camp classes are over for the day. They are all musicians too - so they arrange our jam sessions, can help you with your songwriting/composition assignments, will remind you to get your practice time in, and more! They can give you an inside look into what it's like to be a college music major!



Bus transportation to the camp, located on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, is provided by a private bus company. If you do not see a location near your home, please contact the camp. It may be possible for us to add an additional location on one of our routes!

Broward Bus:

Sawgrass Mall

Miramar Parkway and I-75

Bob Graham K-8 School (15901 NW 79th Ave) Miami Lakes

Dade Bus:

Highland Oaks Middle School (2375 NE 203rd St. Aventura

Sunny Isles

Miami Beach Episcopal Church (Pine Tree Drive & 41st St)


  • Enrollment is limited for this program. You will be notified of your acceptance after the camp receives ALL application materials: Online Registration, Application Fee, Teacher Recommendation, and Audition Demo. Your full deposit (plus the dorm deposit if you are staying in the dorm) is due after receiving your acceptance letter.
  • Review the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered, and choose your elective.
  • The Camp will email our "Teacher Recommendation Form" to your music teacher. This is to confirm that you are in the correct level. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your school or private music teacher before you start to register.