Workshops & Camps
Each fall, the OU School of Music hosts All-State Masterclasses. This free event is designed to help high school students with the final round of All-State Band and All-State Orchestra Auditions.
Next event: Fall 2024
Though this event comes two weeks after the first round, all students are welcome to attend.
Next event: Fall 2024
Though this event comes one week after the first round, all students are welcome to attend.
The Conducting and Teaching Workshop is an annual 3 day summer workshop for conductors, hosted by OU faculty and featuring a guest clinician.
The workshop focuses on conducting technique, rehearsal pedagogy, administrative skills, and teaching skills. There are two ways for conductors to participate in this workshop: as an observer, or as a conducting participant.
Conducting participants will conduct the OU Summer Chamber Winds daily, with ample time on the podium. The repertoire includes some of the finest works for chamber wind ensemble. In addition to conducting this ensemble, participants will receive feedback and coaching on their conducting, attend master-classes, clinic sessions, and panel discussions.
The Great Plains Saxophone Workshop is a multi-day workshop open to high school through graduate level saxophonists. Students can participate as a commuter or as a resident.
At the GPSW, participants will engage in a variety of musical and social activities designed to better solo and ensemble skills, stimulate creative musical thought, and foster a saxophone community in the region.
Daily activities include large saxophone ensemble rehearsals where students play alongside faculty, saxophone quartet coachings, performance and pedagogy master classes, and topics classes. Students will be able to study all-state music, contemporary techniques, repertoire, chamber music, and jazz with world-class saxophonists. Students also have the opportunity to have a private lesson and to perform in the student honors recital (optional).
The University of Oklahoma offers Kodály levels 1-3 certification through credit courses and summer workshops.
The summer Kodály workshops are available to the general public, as well as to current students of the School of Music. The Kodály levels offered and the locations of the workshop(s) vary from year to year. Some workshops are offered at the Norman campus, and some are offered at the Tulsa campus.
Bass Bash is an annual four-day summer camp for middle and high school double bass students. The camp alternates locations each summer between The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
A typical day includes: warm up and technique classes, workshops on OK All-State audition material, a jazz class, and a solo class, in which students may perform prepared solos for their peers with a professional accompanist. Additionally, each student will receive a private lesson with one of the instructors. Chamber music is also a particular emphasis of the Bass Bash, so students are divided into different groups to rehearse bass ensembles to be performed at a final concert.
Breakfast and lunch take place on campus and evening meals will be at different local restaurants. There will also be evening activities that both resident and commuter students can participate in. Past activities have included a talent show, movie night, and bowling. Each student will receive an OK Bass Bash t-shirt.
The faculty of the Oklahoma Bash Bash includes highly qualified public school teachers and university professors. They all have professional orchestra experience and have studied with teachers from across the country.
For more information, see the Bass Bash website.
This summer study abroad program is for current undergraduate and graduate students at OU. Spend your summer studying opera in Arezzo, Italy, the origin of modern music notation! We will be visiting some of the major operatic venues in different Italian cities.
OU Bass Day is a one-day event (9:00am - 5:00pm) organized by Dr. Anthony Stoops, Professor of Double Bass at the University of Oklahoma. This event features performance opportunities and instruction by faculty from the University of Oklahoma and beyond. OU Bass Day is open to players of all ages and skill levels. Students preparing for all-state auditions will receive masterclasses on audition materials and will have the option to participate in a mock audition. The cost to participate is $20, which includes a pizza lunch.
The OU Percussion Camp is a marching percussion training course for 8th - 12th grade students (8th grade with at least one year of experience). Students will work with some of the top state and nationally renowned percussion instructors.
The student's preferred choice of marching percussion will be available to play at camp: snare drum, bass drum, tenors, and front ensemble. Students will be grouped into ensembles based on experience and ability level, and will have the opportunity to play in sections (drumline and front ensemble) or in a full percussion ensemble setting.
In addition to quality percussion instruction, students will also receive an OU Percussion Camp t-shirt, certificate of completion, name badge, and the potential to win special prizes graciously provided by Edmond Music. Edmond Music will have a booth available in the afternoon for students or parents looking to purchase sticks/mallets for the upcoming marching season.
This event is intended for prospective students. Participants will have a sneak peak of what it feels like to be a member of the OU Percussion Ensembles.
Come experience three days of voice lessons, vocal coaching, diction training, and meaningful vocal performances with the acclaimed OU Voice Faculty! Each student will receive daily voice lessons, lyric diction lessons, and perform and attend master classes, all culminating in a camp-ending concert in one of our amazing concert halls. Lunch and supper will be provided.
Grow in your craft. Learn with your peers. Sing and love music more!
The University of Oklahoma Jazz Program in collaboration with Jazz in June is excited to announce the newest jazz education experience in Oklahoma, the "Summer Jazz Collective" Project, or SJC!
This experience will include a four-day camp at the University of Oklahoma where participants will work with OU faculty and the Jazz in June headliners! During the camp, participants will be up close and personal with both OU Faculty and festival artists in rehearsals, sectionals, and masterclasses as they prepare to perform the opening set for the festival headliner on the final night of the festival.
The Summer String Academy is an annual intensive summer workshop focused on the study and performance of solo and chamber music repertoire for violin, viola, cello and piano. The Academy is open to Violinists, Violists, and Cellists.
Also offered is the newly added half-day string orchestra program. Intermediate and beginner-level students are encouraged to register for this program, as well as anyone else who is unable to participate in the full day program.
There will not be a TubaChristmas event in 2023.
Beginning 2024, we will begin two new annual events for trombones, tubas, and euphoniums:
May 4, 2024 - May the 4th Be With You: Annual Low Brass Bash
December TBD, 2024 - Annual Low Brass Holiday Spectacular
Winter Piano Camp is a day-long event, hosted annually by OU piano faculty near the start of the spring semester. The camp is open to upper-intermediate through advanced, high school-age pianists who have studied piano for at least four years.
The Women’s Choral Leadership Workshop is an annual workshop designed to empower female singers (primarily sophomores and juniors) to be leaders in their choirs.
The number of participants from each school is limited to a balanced octet (SSSSAAAA) or quartet (SSAA) of section leaders or future section leaders. The goal of the WCLW is to equip and motivate young ladies to grow as musicians, develop as singers, and blossom as choral artists.
The cost to participate is $130 per quartet ($260 per octet). Lunch and t-shirts are included in the cost.
Young Men's Vocal Workshop is a one-day choral festival that takes place in the fall semester at the University of Oklahoma.
Since 2006, the OU School of Music has welcomed sixth through twelfth grade boys from across the state to the Norman campus for inspiring and enriching music making. The Young Men’s Vocal Workshop, otherwise known as Real Men Sing, is led by OU choral faculty members and distinguished guest conductors.
Each year, hundreds of young men attend, representing dozens of high schools, junior high & middle schools, and elementary & intermediate schools. Participants in the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop not only rehearse and perform together, but also they enjoy performances by the OU Men’s Glee Club, OU faculty soloists, and current OU voice students.