Registration is now open!

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 composing 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 Frost School of Music Professor Dr.Shawn Crouch

Program Length

2 weeks


Session B: July 1 - July 12


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, Placement Auditions & Orientation

Session B: Sun, June 30
(note: a supervised intersession program will be provided for dorm campers attending both sessions)


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 portfolio. 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. These compositions will be short chamber works (instrumentation will be based on faculty availability) They will be performed by our camp faculty in the Final Concert. The concert will be professionally recorded and each camper will receive a recording of their piece. 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.)

9:00 - 10:00


10:15 - 11:15

Form and Analysis: an in-depth approach from a composition point of view.

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

Contemporary String Styles: the technique of playing pop, jazz, and rock, for strings.
Jazz Seminar: Jazz history, Jazz styles, and special topics with guest teachers.
Vintage Pop Vocal Ensemble
Small Rock Group
Classical Vocal Ensemble

1:30 - 2:45

A continuation of the Composition Workshop

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 4:00

Intermediate Contemporary String Ensemble
Advanced Chamber Music: piano, winds, and strings
Small Jazz Group: strings welcome!

4:00 - 5:00

Composition Practice Session: composers will work on their compositions, supervised by our composition faculty.




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


Supervised before and after care is available.
Before Care: 7:15 am - 9:00 am
After Care: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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! Note: The afternoon bus departs from camp at the regular dismissal time of 4:00pm. A 5:00 bus may be provided, IF there is sufficient enrollment. Honors students can sign up for the morning only bus, the bus fee will be reduced by 50%

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)

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


For Middle School and High School Campers, ages 12 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 12 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.) If you are attending both sessions, a supervised inter-session dorm program is provided for a nominal fee.

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!



  • 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 within 3 days 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.

Registration will open by Friday, January 18, 2019.