General Information

What is the Summer Music Festival?

A summer camp on the beautiful campus of Southwestern College, studying with our outstanding faculty and developing your musical skills. Choose one of three areas of emphasis – voice, band, or strings.

In addition to focused time on individual areas of emphasis, various activities are part of the daily schedule. These activities allow students to explore new topics and develop skills in fun topic areas such as Global Music & Arts, Music Theory, Music History, Private Lessons, Chamber Ensembles, Ukulele, etc.

Evening activities such as a Guest Artist-in-Residence performance, faculty recitals, Duck Jam in the Park concert, and community band and student talent show add to the fun!

When is the Summer Music Festival?

June 2-8, 2024.

How do I apply?

Submit the online registration form found at the link below:

2024 SMF Registration

Who should attend?

Students entering 7th grade through 12th grade of all ability levels are invited to attend.

Where will I stay?

Wallingford HallAll participants will be housed in Wallingford Hall. Festival Counselors will live in each wing of the hall and will participate in activities alongside students. The entire campus features wireless internet access.

What will it cost?

We continually strive to keep our tuition cost as affordable as possible. Through the generous support of V. J. Wilkins Foundation in Cowley County, all students receive aid to attend, thus lowering the cost of tuition to $338 for all campers. Additional scholarship aid based on need and merit is also available. Please mark your request when submitting your registration form.

2024 SMF Tuition: $338

Tuition includes the following:

  • All classes, activities, and events for the Summer Music Festival
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) plus snacks
  • Festival T-Shirt
  • Option to stay on campus or commute

Overnight Campers

Staying on campus as an overnight camper is the best way to make the most of your time at camp.  Spend social time with new friends and get a taste of what it’s like to be away from home and as a Southwestern College student. 

Overnight Camper includes the following:

  • Housing in Wallingford Hall (Housing begins at the designated check-in time through the designated check-out time.)
  • 24-hour Supervision (Campers are not permitted to be anywhere on campus besides the dorm, dining hall, and music buildings, unless they are accompanied by a counselor.)

Commuter Campers

If a student would feel more comfortable not staying on campus, students may attend as a commuter camper if they are staying at home or with a relative over the age of 21. Commuter campers are welcome to participate in all activities. Commuter campers should be prepared to attend camp from 7:30 a.m. – 6:35 p.m. and some evenings between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Dinner and evening activities are optional.)

Commuter Camper includes the following:

  • Supervision during all SMF activities and events in which they participate

Are scholarships available?

Yes!  There are scholarships available:

V.J. Wilkins Full-Tuition Scholarships - There are 15 full-tuition scholarships available for qualified students.

2024 Guest Artist-in-Residence

Injoy Fountain

Injoy FountainInjoy Fountain is a Wichita local and an in-demand performer on the regional, national, and international stage. Favorite regional credits include Celie in The Color Purple (Roxy’s Downtown), and Justice in Rock of Ages (Music Theater Wichita). While living in New York City, Injoy performed regularly with four-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad in addition to making her off-Broadway debut. She looks forward to returning to NYC this July to headline her second off-Broadway show at the Green Room 42. Other national credits include touring with Post Modern Jukebox and being a contestant on The Voice (season 17, team Kelly). Injoy has also enjoyed performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, notably in a production of Rent under the direction of Anthony Rapp. She is the proud director of Injoy Fountain Academy, a youth performance academy based in Wichita. Injoy is represented by Evolve Talent Management NYC.

What facilities will I use?

Richardson Performing Arts CenterAll classes and rehearsals will be on the Southwestern College campus, a safe and accessible college located on a hill on the east edge of Winfield, Kansas. Many performances will be in the new state-of-the-art Richardson Performing Arts Center, dedicated in October 2011.

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