The Chautauqua Music Camps features three camps in one. The Chautauqua Orchestra Camp includes string orchestra; chamber ensemble for strings, woodwinds*, brass*, or percussionists*; and mixed orchestra; for high school and advanced middle school students finishing grades 7–12. Woodwind, brass and percussion students finishing grades 5-8 are eligible for our Middle School Band Camp. The Chautauqua Jazz Camp is for saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm section students finishing grades 9–12. Instructors for all of our camps include members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, as well as highly skilled teachers from around Western New York and Pennsylvania.

Chautauqua Institution is home to the world-class Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera Company, and Chautauqua School of Music. Campers receive a full-week gate pass, which will allow them to enjoy many of the recreational activities available on the grounds, and attend many of the evening events at Chautauqua Institution for no extra charge during the week of the camp.

We hope to see you Week 8 at Chautauqua Institution, August 13–18, 2018!

*See Orchestra Camp tab 

Policies and Procedures


Registration Deadline: August 1, 2018

Chautauqua Music Camps is a day camp; housing is not provided. However, accomodations are available throughout the grounds; and all students are encouraged to stay with their families during the week.

Orchestra Camp

Orchestra Camp

Started in 2005, the Chautauqua Orchestra Camp is for high school and advanced middle school students, finishing grades 7–12. Led by master string educator, Donna Davis, and conductor, Eddie Leonard, all students in the Orchestra Camp will participate in orchestra rehearsals, chamber group rehearsals and coachings, special musical enrichment activities, and a performance in the Chautauqua Amphitheater. Instructors include members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, as well as highly skilled teachers from New York and Pennsylvania. Woodwind, brass, and percussion applicants must register by March 1, 2018; and acceptance for all non-string players will be subject to sufficient enrollment to form suitable chamber ensembles. All Orchestra Camp musicians are asked to submit a 1-2 minute video which demonstrates current playing level at the time of registration.

We are excited to continue our association with Pittsburgh-based, Youth Chamber Connection, which offers chaperoned-housing and meals from August 11-18 for campers who are finishing grades 8-12 (space is limited, visit for more information). The Camp Orchestra's final concerts will take place Friday morning in the Amphitheater, Friday at noon in Bestor Plaza, Friday afternoon in McKnight Hall, and Saturday morning in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.