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general information

Auditions are held on the first Sunday of the camp. Auditions are used to place students in the large ensembles, not for camp participation. THERE IS NO REQUIRED AUDITION TO ATTEND THE CAMP.


Daily Schedule:
Each day consists of the following sessions:

  • Masterclasses with faculty members on specialized instruments

  • Group sectionals

  • Large ensemble rehearsals

  • Chamber music rehearsal time

  • Individual practice time (coaches are available for additional assistance)


In addition, each day offers breakout sessions on the following subjects:

  • Music Theory

  • Composition

  • Conducting

  • Alexander Technique

  • And more depending on each year’s guest speakers/instructors!


Student Recital Concert:

The students perform solos and small ensemble literature of their choosing that they spend the week preparing. This culminates in a student recital that is open to the public. The faculty choose outstanding performers from this recital to perform at the end of the week concert.


The week ends in a culminating concert featuring the large ensembles as well as chosen student soloists and ensembles from the student recital. The concert is free to the public and is professionally recorded and broadcast over the internet.


SDSMI is hosted by the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University.San Diego State University (SDSU ) is located in the heart of beautiful San Diego, America’s “Finest City.” Founded in 1897, SDSU is the largest and oldest higher education facility in San Diego and is part of the California State University system. It is the third-oldest university in the California State University system, and one of the oldest universities in California. SDSU has a student body of approximately 30,000 and an alumni base of more than 200,000. With an average of 60,000 undergraduate applications each fall, SDSU is the 2nd most applied to university in the nation.

SDSU is a designated “Research University with high research activity.” SDSU is the only California State University campus with this classification, which places it among the top 200 higher education institutions in the country conducting research.

The School of Music and Dance at SDSU is one of the oldest and most comprehensive music schools in Southern California. With 300 music majors, the school San Diego State University Bands offers a number of outstanding instrumental ensembles that present many opportunities for aspiring musicians, whether you are interested in career as a professional performer, a music educator, or simply looking to continue playing your instrument in a large ensemble. The School of Music and Dance offers an environment that promotes performances of the highest quality music, fostering the highest level of music-making, music learning, and musical experience for performers and audience alike, creating an environment in which teachers, performers, and concert goers share in the promotion and furtherance of instrumental music.

The School of Music and Dance offers a variety of BM, BA, MA, and MM degrees in music.