North Shore Summer Music Experience Camp

North Shore Summer Music Experience 2024

We regret to announce that we will not be offering the North Shore Summer Music Experience this Summer 2024. We have full intentions to operate the Summer Music Camp in the summer of 2025.

-Dr. Mark Whitlock, NSSME Camp Director

Updated information will be posted on this page as soon as they are available.

For more information please contact the camp's administrator at [email protected]

What a camper & parents can expect:

* Around-the-clock supervision by qualified counselors

* Daytime health services available

* Closing concert/awards ceremony for students, parents/guardians, counselors and instructors

* Opportunities for private lessons

Tax Credit

The 1998 Take Credit for Learning Program offers a tax credit and/or deduction to parents who participate in summer camps where the focus is in the Academics or Fine Arts. For more information please contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue.


Camp Administrator
University of Minnesota Duluth
Department of Music
212 Humanities
Duluth, MN 55812
[email protected]

Forms, Schedules & Maps:

2025 Updates to Come!



Frequently asked questions:

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What ages or grades can participate in the North Shore Summer Music Experience?

BAND – Registrations are open to students entering into 7th grade for Fall of 2024.   We ask that students complete at least one year of band/orchestra instruction. Campers can attend camp after high school graduation and before entering college.  NOTE:  Our string camp will NOT be offered this year.

CHOIR  - We ask that choir campers have completed at least 8th grade (going into 9th grade in Fall of 2024). Again, they can attend camp as a camper after graduation and before entering college.

PIANO - Piano students need to have completed at least one year of piano instruction.  They can attend camp as a camper after graduation and before entering college.

What instruments are accepted at NSSME?

BAND & ORCHESTRA - All standard band instrument are welcome to participate. Students who play a band instrument and also can play a secondary jazz instrument (electric guitar, bass, etc) are encouraged to bring their instrument to camp, as all students have the opportunity to play in a jazz ensemble.

CHOIR - All voice types welcome.

What is the difference between a commuter and resident camper?

A COMMUTER is someone who is not staying in the dorms for camp. Typically these are students who live in or near Duluth and stay in their own homes and then commute to camp each day.

A RESIDENT camper is someone who stays in the dorms the entire week and all meals are included in the resident camp fee.

What does a daily schedule look like for NSSME?

A sample daily schedule can be found in a link on this page. Please note that this is not a final schedule and that all schedules are subject to change to fit the demands of camp each year.

What other types of activities do students participate in?

Students may participate in a variety of activities, such as outdoor activities (weather permitting), faculty recital, student recital and, concerts, games.

Will campers have access to internet during the week?

Yes. There is a campus wide guest WIFI which we will give out at camp. The use of electronic devices during instruction is strictly prohibited.

Can my camper stay in the same dorm as their friend or relative?

Yes. On the registration form, there is a spot to write in a roommate preference. We will do our best to accommodate roommate requests, but there will be a higher chance of the request being granted if 1) both campers write each other as their preference and 2) campers turn their applications before June 1st.

How much does it cost to attend the final concerts?

The final concerts are free to all.

Is there handicap access to the Weber Music Hall?

Yes. Please contact us at [email protected] so that we may thoroughly meet your informational needs and provide the best possible accommodations.

How much does it cost for my child to attend?

2024 Fees - These may change, depending on tuition, room and board increases

Required registration fee - $75.00 - this is a non-refundable fee that will hold your student's spot in one of our camps and will be included in the final camp fee.

Commuter Camper Fee without meals: TBD (Daily supervision, instruction & master classes)

     (Commuter students may bring their own lunches or purchase daily at the dining hall)

Resident Camper FeeTBD  (includes all meals, 24 hour supervision, instruction & master classes)