The Chautauqua Orchestra Camp includes string orchestra; chamber ensemble for strings, woodwinds*, brass*, or percussion*; 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.

All three camps are available as day-camps which begin Monday morning and end Saturday after their final performance - housing is not included for day-campers. Orchestra camp is also available as a residential camp which begins Saturday afternoon and includes opening weekend rehearsals and performances, weeknight programming, all meals, and chaperoned-housing managed by the Youth Chamber Connection of Pittsburgh. Students attending Band or Jazz Camp who are finishing grades 7-12 are also welcome to request residential housing, if space is available.

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 12–17, 2019!

*See Orchestra Camp tab 

Policies and Procedures


Students may still register on site at McKnight Hall on Monday, August 12 at 8:15 a.m.

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Orchestra Camp

Orchestra Camp

Started in 2005, the Chautauqua Orchestra Camp is for intermediate-to-advanced high school and middle school students, finishing grades 7–12, led by master string educator, Donna Davis, and conductor, Edward Leonard.

Orchestra Camp Schedule for Day-Campers and Residential-Campers:

Monday–Thursday: 8:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m. – orchestra and chamber ensemble rehearsals

Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. – rehearsals and performances – 9 a.m. performance in the Chautauqua Amphitheater and afternoon chamber recitals in Bestor Plaza (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) and McKnight Hall (3:30–5 p.m.).

Saturday: 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. – performance in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall

Residential Campers Check-in: Saturday, August 10, at 12:30 p.m., for group orientation, activities, afternoon and evening rehearsals, and an evening concert. Most residential campers will participate in two performances on Sunday, August 11: Ecumenical morning worship at 10:45 a.m. and Sacred Song Service at 8 p.m. in the Amphitheater. During the week, residential campers attend concerts together and enjoy special enrichment activities such as a master class, talent show, and more. Optional: day-campers staying in family-provided housing are welcome to participate in any of this additional programming, which is mandatory for residential campers.

*Woodwind, brass, and percussion applicants will be accepted to Orchestra Camp provided there is sufficient enrollment to form suitable chamber ensembles, and are therefore encouraged to register as early as possible after January 1, 2019.

We are excited to continue our association with Pittsburgh-based, Youth Chamber Connection (YC2). YC2 coordinates our residential camping program, now in it’s 8th year, as well as many details of Orchestra Camp. In order for YC2 to best match students into chamber ensembles, and to ensure students are prepared and will have a positive experience at camp, all Orchestra Camp musicians are required to submit a 1–2 minute video demonstrating your current playing level at the time of registration. Please send the link to view your video to: (If you upload your video to, be sure to use the privacy setting “Unlisted” rather than “Private,” so we are able to share the link with our camp coaches.)


Day-Campers: Please register and pay via this website, by clicking the Registration Tab.

Residential-Campers: Please register and pay via YC2’s website, by clicking the Registration button at this link: Note, space is limited for residential campers and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.