General Camp Information


High School Camp Information

High School Camp: for students entering grades 10, 11, 12 in the fall of 2019, and 2019 high school graduates

Camp Dates: June 16-22, 2019

Camp Coordinator: Kayla Scholl, 563-387-1389

Camp Director: Andrew Last, 563-387-1817

Dean of Students: Shelly Schaeufele


  • Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101


  • The total camp fee is $515 which includes all classes and ensembles, evening activities, tuition, room and board.
  • A minimum $50 deposit is required with initial enrollment. 
  • The remainder of the camp fee can be paid at anytime by logging into your Parent Dashboard.
  • The remainder of the camp fee is due on registration day and can be paid by cash, check, or the credit card on your Parent Dashboard.
  • Students who desire private lessons will add an additional fee of $45.00 for each set of two half-hour lessons. Private lessons are available for piano, organ, voice, percussion, brass, woodwind, strings, dance, jazz improvisation, and composition.
  • You may sign up for up to three different sets of lessons in up to three different areas, although one or two sets is the recommended number.
  • Keyboard Workshop participants must also sign up for private piano lessons.


  • Since faculty, staff, meal, and residence hall costs are fixed the day that enrollment is set, we cannot refund camper fees due to early departure for any reason from the camp.
  • The $50.00 deposit required for enrollment will not be refunded
  • If notified of enrollment cancellation before registration day, all fees paid above the $50.00 deposit will be refunded. If notified on registration day, or if not notified at all, none of the fees will be refunded.


  • Sunday, June 16.
  • All registrations take place in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
  • Assigned audition and registration times will be posted online before camp begins.
  • If any student will be late coming to camp, let the Dorian office know well in advance by emailing [email protected]


  • Campers registered for Concert Band or string players registered for Symphony Orchestra are automatically members of these groups, however students will have to perform a chair-placement audition during the Sunday registration process.
  • Auditions for Concert Band and Orchestra chair placements are held from approximately noon to 4:00p.m. on Sunday, June 16.
  • Wind, brass, and percussion students may also audition to be a member of the Symphony Orchestra during their audition.
  • Participation in the Jazz Band is by audition only. If the jazz audition is on the same instrument as the Concert Band instrument, the auditions will be combined. If the jazz audition is on a different instrument, a separate jazz audition will be scheduled.
  • An audition is required for Jazz Band.  Students auditioning for the rhythm section of the jazz band should prepare a piece of any style that demonstrates their technical ability on their instrument.  Students auditioning for the rhythm section will also be asked to sightread a piece of music as part of their audition.
  • An audition is required for Chamber Choir. There is nothing that can be prepared ahead for this audition.
  • Auditions for Chamber Choir and Jazz Band rhythm section will be held between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. Audition sign-up for these auditions will be available during on-site registration.
  • Instrumentalists should come with one prepared piece to play for each audition. Please choose something that showcases the student's best abilities and demonstrates tone, range, technique, and musicality. An excerpt from a longer work is okay.
  • Accompaniment will not be provided, nor is it necessary.
  • Scales may be required as part of the audition to determine the student's tone and range on their instrument.
  • Sight-reading may be required as part of the audition to allow for the most accurate chair placements.
  • No auditions are needed for students registered for Choir, Woodwind Choir, Musical Theatre Workshop, Keyboard Workshop, Beginner Ukelele, or Percussion Ensemble.


  • All students will be housed in the college residence halls.
  • Each student must bring sheets, blankets, pillow and towels. The mattresses are extra-long twin, so flat twin sheets will work, but fitted twin sheets will not. Sleeping bags are acceptable.
  • Group bathrooms contain toilets and individual shower stalls.
  • The rooms are not air-conditioned, so we recommend bringing a fan.
  • Room assignments will be made prior to registration with no changes after arrival, and no last-minute roommate requests. 
  • Residence halls are locked at all times and a curfew will be enforced.
  • An electronic key card serves as both the residence hall key and the cafeteria meal card. A separate room key will be assigned to each camper.
  • If a camper loses his/her electronic key card, a $10.00 charge will be assessed.
  • If a camper loses his/her dorm room key, a $40.00 charge will be assessed.


  • All meals will be served in the Student Union Cafeteria. The first meal will be served at supper on the first camp day (Sunday); the last meal will be lunch on the final camp day (Saturday). 
  • Students will receive a meal/key card at registration, which they must present at each meal.
  • Food allergies are part of everyday life at Luther College, so the food service understands and regularly prepares food to accommodate many different allergies. We can put you in contact with a food service staff member if you have specific, serious questions or concerns.

Instruments and Stands:  

  • All instrumentalists: Bring a music stand, well-marked with your name and address.
  • Percussion: Only bass drum, timpani, mallet percussion instruments, drum sets, and amplifiers will be furnished by the college. Bring your own mallets and snare drum.
  • Bass/cello: If you normally use a rock stop, bring it to camp. Check with us before camp if you hope to borrow a double bass.
  • Other instruments: Bring your own instrument and equipment (neck straps, mouth pieces, reeds, oils, mutes, rosin, strings, etc.). Reeds, oils, strings, etc. will be available from Kephart’s Music Center in Decorah if needed, but plan to bring your own. Camp staff will visit the store and make purchases on the students' behalf.

Clothing and Uniform:  

  • Casual clothing is recommended during classes and rehearsals: shorts, t-shirts, sandals, etc. 
  • Bare midriffs and low necklines and short skirts are not appropriate during rehearsals, classes, or performances. 
  • Concert attire is blouses or shirts and nice pants (no blue jeans) or long skirts.  Bare midriffs, low necklines, and short skirts are not appropriate concert attire.  All black or black and white clothing is standard performance attire, but these colors are not required for the concerts.
  • Bring a swimsuit, as Friday night we go to the outdoor city swimming pool. 
  •  It’s always a good idea to pack a raincoat for the week as well.

Other items to bring

  • Sheets (XL Twin is the mattress size), blanket, and pillow
  • Toiletries, towels, washcloth, hangers, alarm clock, fan (residence halls are not air conditioned), snacks
  • Students may wish to bring money for instrument repairs, the college bookstore, or miscellaneous optional activities (for example, supervised walk to Whippy Dip for ice cream)
  • Do not bring along skateboards, rollerblades, or any unnecessary electronic items that you are worried about damaging or losing.


  • The Luther campus is typically very safe, but good common sense is always appropriate. 
  • No campers are allowed off campus at any time unless accompanied by a counselor.
  • The residence halls are locked 24/7, but are accessible to campers by way of their electronic key/meal card.
  • Each camper will have a key to his/her room in the residence hall.
  • The room doors should be kept locked, to ensure security within the residence halls
  • Problems can be reported at any time to counselors, other camp staff, other Luther staff, or the Luther Security Office.

Health Services:  

  • Two staff Registered Nurses have regular hours during which campers can be seen, as well as being available on a "need" basis at other times.
  • Parents or guardians will be notified of any necessary medical treatment at the Health Service, doctor's office, or hospital. 
  • All medication, hospital, and clinic visits will be at the student's own expense.
  • Three camp health forms must be filled out on your Parent Dashboard prior to June 1.
  • Please remember to bring any necessary prescription medications. Students with a history of asthma should bring an inhaler and/or medication.
  • A tetanus booster in the last ten years is required for those attending camp. Students should be up-to-date with routine immunizations.
  • A private conversation with the camp medical staff is part of the on-campus registration process. At this time, a health history will be completed and health concerns will be discussed. Health information about campers is confidential, will be made available only on a need-to-know basis during the week of camp, and then destroyed after camp is over.
  • The camp nurses should be made aware of any chronic illness that requires special care or awareness from the staff. 

Mail for Campers during Camp:

  • Mail received at Luther for campers is distributed each evening. Send to: "Student",  c/o Dorian Music Camp, Luther College, 700 College Dr., Decorah, Iowa, 52101.
  • Mail should be sent before Tuesday of camp week to arrive to Luther before the end of camp.

Student Transportation:  

  • Any students driving their own motor vehicles to the campus must leave their keys with the Camp Director until the close of the session. Violators will be sent home.  
  • Students are not to arrive on campus before opening day of the session.

Cell Phones:

  • Cell phones are allowed.  
  • Phones and other electronic devices must be turned off during classes, rehearsals or performances, or they will be confiscated and not returned until the end of camp.
  • If an emergency exists and you must contact your son or daughter, call or email the Camp Coordinator (Kayla Scholl at 563-387-1389, [email protected]), or the Camp Director (Andrew Last at 563-387-1817, [email protected]).  For serious after-hours emergencies, contact the Luther College information desk at 563-387-2111.

Camp Regulations 

  • Camp regulations are few but, for obvious reasons, must and will be strictly enforced. Campers unable to abide by these regulations will be asked to return home. 
  • It is expected that students will always be at the location the schedule calls for at any given time of the day or night, including rehearsals, classes, lessons, etc. 
  • "LIGHTS OUT!" means students are in their rooms by the indicated time with the lights out and quiet.
  • Alcoholic beverages, drugs, smoking, and vaping are strictly forbidden
  • There will be no inter-residence hall visitation between male and female campers. 
  • College policy states that an individual is required to make restitution for any property damage done by that individual in residence hall rooms or other college property. 
  • Since your residence hall room will be occupied by another individual the night following your departure, leave your room as you found it when you arrived.
  • Counselors have been instructed to report any infractions of these rules to the Camp Director.

Final Day of Camp:

  • The first concert will begin at 1:00 and will feature the small ensembles (Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensembles)
  • The second concert will begin at 2:30 and will feature the large ensembles (Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Choir)
  • Concerts are free and open to the public
  • Students must be packed up and checked out of their rooms prior to noon.
  • The residence halls will be closed during the concerts.

Miscellaneous Information:

Private Lessons: Students registering for private lessons must bring copies of their own music for solos and/or etude material, preferably prescribed by your current teacher.

Student Recital/Variety Show:  

  • Anyone interested in performing in the camp variety show or a student recital should come prepared. 
  • Accompanists will be furnished if you wish. 
  • All selections must be prepared in advance of auditions held early in camp week.

Camp T-shirts will be available at registration for $8.00.   

CD Recordings will be made of all Saturday final concerts. Order forms will be available at the concerts.