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San Diego Winds

4721 68th Street

La Mesa, CA 91942

What is the SDSMI?

SDSMI is a week long summer music camp held at Point Loma Nazarene University. The camp includes instruction by the elite teachers and performers of string, wind, and percussion instruments in San Diego County. Camp sessions include full ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, and masterclasses with professional musicians on your instrument, breakout sessions where you choose between music theory, composition, conducting and more, as well as guest performances, social activities and chamber rehearsals. All in all SDSMI is by far the most comprehensive, high quality and affordable music camp in San Diego County.

When is SDSMI?

For 2021, the SDSMI runs from Monday July 19th to Friday July 23rd.

Do you have to audition to qualify for SDSMI?

All students are accepted into SDSMI, however there is an audition to determine chair and ensemble placement. 

What is different for 2021?

There are some important differences for this year due to the pandemic. Participation will be capped, all students will be commuters and important safety precautions will be taken. 

Participation will be capped at total of 135 students. There will be two bands and one orchestra and there will be further limits to instrumentation within those groups. Additionally if SDSMI is recipient of the San Diego Foundation Level Up Grant 45 of the available spots will be reserved for San Diego Unified Students. In past years we have had over 300 students so we expect registration to fill up fast and we encourage you to apply early. 

All students will be commuters. The instructional day will begin at 10a.m. and end at 5p.m. Students will be dropped off and picked up from the Cooper Music Center on the campus of PLNU. 

In order to ensure the safety of all participants, staff, family members and the community we will be following all CDC, state and local guidelines and mandates related to the pandemic. In addition we will be following the best practices recommendations from an ongoing study by the University of Colorado regarding instrumental music rehearsals. This includes the use of masks, bell covers, social distancing and other measures. 

What about auditions?


First of all it is important to understand auditions are for group and chair placement ONLY, no one will be excluded from camp based on their audition. The audition simply allows us to ensure that you are getting instruction that is tailored to your ability level so that you don't feel bored or lost. 


Auditions should include a brief excerpt of lyrical/slow music and a brief excerpt of technical/fast music. Give us a sense of how you play by choosing music you enjoy and feel comfortable with. There are no scale requirements. Audition does not need to be longer than two minutes per excerpt. 

What are the age restrictions on SDSMI students? 

SDSMI is intended for students who are in grades 6-12. We do allow recently graduated high school seniors as well as students who recently completed 5th grade and will be entering 6th grade in the fall.

What is the difference between resident and commuter?

SDSMI usually offers two options for participation: resident and commuter. However due to COVID 19 the 2021 camp will be commuter only. This means all students will be dropped off and picked up each day. Lunch will be provided. 

How much does the camp cost?

Normally Resident tuition is $949 and Commuter tuition is $649. For 2021 we are automatically giving all students a $349 scholarship lowering Commuter Tuition to only $299.


Comparable camps cost between $1500 and $2500. SDSMI is able to keep its tuition so low because it is sponsored jointly by the PLNU School of Music and the San Diego Winds, a non-profit music education association. The staff, board of directors and volunteers of these institutions donate their time and solicit donations to keep the price for the student as low as possible. Our goal is to provide an amazing musical experience to as many students as possible, not to make a profit.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Each year San Diego Winds awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships. This year everyone is automatically getting a $349 scholarship. Additional scholarships will be available on a limited basis. San Diego Unified Students may qualify for a full tuition scholarship if SDSMI is awarded a level up grant from the San Diego Foundation. More information about this will be coming soon. 

How are scholarships awarded?

Scholarships are awarded on three criteria: merit based scholarships, need based scholarships and high demand instrument scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to students who have been recognized for their musical excellence by trusted institutions such as honor bands, youth symphonies, national awards, etc. These scholarships are reserved to the most accomplished students with documentation of their accomplishments and recommendations of known musicians. Need based scholarships are awarded to students who have a measurable financial need as evidenced by tax returns, enrollment in school lunch programs, etc. Verification may be required for these scholarships. High Demand Instrument Scholarships are awarded based on the number of applicants on each instrument. Where a need exists for a particular instrument scholarships are awarded to ensure correct instrumentation for the ensembles resulting in a higher quality musical experience for all students.

When are scholarship decisions made?

The 2021 scholarship application deadline is June 15th. Scholarship decisions will be emailed out within a few days of the deadline.

What does the daily schedule look like?

A detailed itinerary is provided as part of the "Participant Packet" which is emailed out after the application deadline has passed. This year the application deadline is June 30th and Participant Packets will be emailed out within a few days of that deadline.

What if I am owed a refund?

Refunds will be within 2 weeks of the end of the camp. . 

What will students be doing all day?

Included in the participant packet is an itinerary which provides information about student activities each day. Additionally SDSMI staff will email out a detailed itinerary each morning to all SDSMI participants and parents. That daily itinerary will also be posted in the music building each day. 

Where do commuter students get picked up?

Commuter students can be picked up at the end of each day at the music building. SDSMI staff will be present at all times with commuter students as they wait. Please try to pick up students on time. 

Can students be picked up early?

We understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to leave earlier than the scheduled time each day. Students can leave early so long as notify SDSMI staff beforehand and checkout with staff before leaving. In order to keep all students safe it is important you check out with SDSMI staff. 

Are parents able to watch any portions of the camp?

Parents are encouraged to attend the camp meeting on Sunday as well as the evening concerts throughout the week and the end of camp concert on Saturday afternoon. Parents are also welcome to attend afternoon and evening breakout sessions as seating allows. Due to limited space we can not accommodate parents or other visitors at masterclass, sectionals or ensemble rehearsals. If you have specific questions about a particular event or session email COVID restrictions may limit capacity. 

What steps are taken to keep students safe?

At SDSMI we are committed to giving students an amazing experience which means keeping them safe. We have a highly qualified staff of counselors, instructors and volunteers which are managed by camp directors Eric Weirather and James Sepulvado. SDSMI faculty includes several credentialed teachers, college professors, music educators as well as specially selected undergraduate and graduate students from PLNU. Students are under constant supervision by our 25 staff members. Additionally the campus of PLNU is monitored by local law enforcement.

When will I be notified about my scholarship award?

The initial round of scholarship awards will be sent out by late June. Any applications received after that time will be awarded as resources allow. 

Are applications accepted after the June 30th application deadline?

Generally speaking yes. Applications are accepted past the application deadline as room allows. If particular instruments are overfilled we will close applications for those instruments. 

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

The best and quickest way to get your questions answered is to:


(619) 335-5703