General Information


2017 Summer in the City Dates:  June 18-24, 2017

To register for the 2017 camp, simply return the Camp Application with a $100 non-refundable deposit. You may pay your deposit with a check made out to the San José State University Research Foundation or you may pay by providing your credit card information on the camp application. If you register after June 1 you will be charged a $50 late fee. The remaining balance of your camp tuition is due by June 10.

We ask that campers have at least one year of experience on their instrument prior to attending camp. Upon arrival, instrumental campers will audition for placement within the camp. If you have questions regarding the placement audition, please click here

Camper “Tracks” 

Campers will select a primary "track" for their time at camp. Tracks offered include band, orchestra, and choir (high school students only). Our goal is to help campers achieve the utmost success. With that in mind, campers spend time in ensembles and sectionals specific to their track; therefore, they are unable to do more than one track without missing valuable instruction. At this point we do not have a track for pianists or guitarists. If a camper plays another symphonic instrument they should follow that track. 

Jazz Band currently is not offered as a track; Jazz Band is an elective course. The Jazz Band has limited instrumentation needs, and participation in the Jazz Band is based upon auditions during the first day of camp.

Housing, Meals, and Supervision

Students who choose to be resident campers will stay in SJSU campus dormitories for the duration of their session. Two campers will share one room. Roommate requests must be made by June 10th by emailing Every effort will be made to accommodate requests. Males and females are housed separately. Roommates who have not submitted requests will be assigned based on age.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available to resident campers in the university Dining Commons. Commuter campers will have lunch available to them in the Dining Commons. The first meal for ALL campers is dinner on check-in day (Sunday). The final meal for campers is lunch on the final/check-out/concert day (Saturday). Campers with special dietary concerns should indicate that on their health forms. Often, the dining staff can make special arrangements for your camper.

Approximately fifteen staff members comprise our resident staff. In addition to working during the day at camp, these staff members are on call 24 hours a day for the campers. They will always be present at events throughout the duration of the camp, and campers will never be unsupervised. Our main goal is to guarantee a safe and enjoyable experience for every camper.

Camp Fees

Commuter Student: $495*
-includes tuition and lunch (daytime only)

Resident Student: $795*
-includes tuition, room and board

*If registration is postmarked after 06/01/2017 add $50

Camp Schedule

The 2017 camp schedule is not available at this time, but the 2015 schedule can be reviewed, which includes the special schedules for the first and last day of camp in addition to the regular daily schedule. This schedule is subject to change.

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