Camp Information

the daily routine

The average camp day begins at 9am and ends at 3:50pm. Students will start each day with Composition Workshop, which will be led by one of our primary composition faculty members. Students will learn traditional (and non-traditional) methods of composition, write counterpoint exercises, participate in group compositions and improvisations, and more. Each student will be assigned to a composition teacher, and will receive two private lessons (one per week) to assist them in their final composition. Students will also participate in daily theory courses (divided into beginner and advanced sections) and sing in the choir. The afternoon classes will change every day, and will bring in local experts and performers to teach about their specialized field.

I participated in this program last year and it changed my life. I’m now a first-year college student and have a huge leg up on my studies because of what I learned during this program.
— Quinn Harley, 2018

tech track

Students will have the option to apply to the concert track (traditional composition) or the tech track (electronic composition). The class schedule for both tracks will be the same for the first week, but the tracks will divide in the afternoons during week two - concert track students will participate in their scheduled afternoon classes, and tech track students will attend classes at the SPLICE Institute (in Rock Hall). Students who are accepted to the tech track will be cross-enrolled at the SPLICE Academy, a weeklong intensive program for high-school students interested in music technology that takes place in Rock Hall on the main campus.

During the second week of the YWCC, tech track students will participate in introductory and intermediate workshops that will focus on various topics of music technology, including studio recording, sound editing, mixing, production, electronic music performance, and computer coding for musical applications. These classes will be taught by faculty of Temple University’s Music Technology degree program, as well as by faculty of the prestigious SPLICE Academy. Tech track students will also receive two private lessons from SPLICE Academy faculty, and will compose a new work (ca. 2 minutes) for the SPLICE Ensemble.

Students applying to the tech track do not need to have specific experience working with electronics, although it is encouraged. Please include any pieces using electronics in your submission, if applicable. Please contact Adam Vidiksis with any questions: adam@vidiksis.com. 

Tuition Information

General tuition for 2020 is $700. This covers daily lunch & snacks, all coursework materials, a t-shirt, transportation to/from Princeton for SōSI, and the cost of a high-quality recording at the final concert. Tuition does NOT include the cost of housing and/or additional meal plans for resident students, which averages $800–1,000 depending on your needs.

We will offer financial aid for both tuition and housing for the 2020 camp. Please check back in early 2020 for information.

trip to the sō percussion summer institute

Each summer, we spend one full day at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI) at Princeton University. During the visit, students will observe rehearsals of percussion pieces written by Princeton doctoral students, attend a workshop with their guest composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, and participate in reading a large-scale work.

Please visit the SōSI website for more information on their programs and offerings.

The trip to SōSI was epic! I learned more about percussion instruments in that one day than in six years of Band.
— Anonymous student, 2018

About the Campus


The Boyer College of Music and Dance is split between two buildings: Presser Hall (where the majority of the camp will take place) and Rock Hall (where the final performance will be). Both buildings are located on the main campus. Students will have access to over 60 practice rooms with pianos, two music technology labs, the Presser Listening Library, and several classrooms with Steinway grand pianos. Students will also receive a tour of the state of the art Boyer Recording Studio, located on the third floor of Presser Hall. 


Security guards are stationed 24-7 at the entrance to every university building. Students will be provided with an ID card at the start of the festival that they will show to the guard in order to enter the building. Any parent or guardian who wishes to enter the building for any reason will need to sign in at the desk or wait in the lobby.

The Temple University Police Station is located two blocks from Presser Hall at 11th and Montgomery. Students who stay in the area after camp hours may request a police escort by dialing 215-777-9255 between the hours of 4pm and 6am. For more information, visit the Campus Safety Services website.

dining options

Daily lunch will be provided at the Johnson and Hardwick Dining Hall, located at 2029 N. Broad street. Students will be able to choose from a variety of food options, including a pasta bar, various made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, and more. Students with dietary restrictions will be accommodated.

Temple campus hosts several food vendors that are open through the summer, including several nearby food trucks, Master Wok, Subway, 7-11, Saxby's Coffee, and Maxi's Pizza. Students will eat lunch every day as a group in the dining hall, but are welcome to explore these other food options after camp is over at 3:30. There is also a PNC bank on campus.

getting to campus

By car: take the Girard street exit on Interstate 95. Continue straight for a mile or so until you get to Broad street. Make a right - you will see Morgan Hall a few blocks up on your right with the big Temple "T". Make a right on Montgomery street, then a left on 13th - Presser Hall is on the northwest corner of 13th and Norris, connected to the Tyler School of Art. There is ample street parking on Diamond and further east on Norris, or you can park in the Diamond street lot at the corner of Diamond and 12th ($15 per day). 

By train: any SEPTA train going to or through Center City will stop at the Temple University train station. Once you arrive at the station, exit on the Berks street side. Walk west past 10th street towards campus. Make a right on 12th street, and then a left on Norris street. Presser Hall is on your right, connected to the Tyler School of Art.

By subway: take the Broad Street Line to the Cecil B. Moore stop. Exit on the left side towards Montgomery street and continue walking down Broad towards Montgomery. Make a right on Norris after a few blocks, and Presser Hall will be on your right between 13th and 12th streets.


Please visit the official Temple website here for further information regarding our facilities.