Summer Music Program FAQ's
What social activities are available during my time at Camp?
Activities may include (but are not limited to) movie nights; dodgeball; dances; frisbee; talent show etc. Students may also opt to practice during free times. All social and recreational programs are organized and supervised by the dorm supervisors and counselors.
What Health Care services are available?
Camp is staffed by an RN, in accordance with the Connecticut State Health Department’s regulations. Daily arrangements are made for students who need to take medication on a regular basis. Students will be sent to Danbury Hospital for severe injuries and/or emergencies.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
WCSU Music Camp offers a limited number of scholarships for eligible students. Any student participating in a CMEA or NYSSMA festival for the current school year (2014 – 1015) is entitled to $50 off tuition. This discount must be requested before May 1, 2015 and a program must be submitted as proof of participation. This may not be combined with any other camp discount. There are no exceptions.
Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations, county/state/national music education organizations, youth orchestras and bands, music clubs, service clubs (i.e. Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.), businesses, local churches and foundations.
Do you have any kind of dress code?
For day-time activities, your regular, everyday clothes generally will be fine. Please, however, avoid anything that could be construed as potentially offensive. Generally, use this old rule of thumb: if you have to ask, don’t bring it.
For performing in concerts, students are expected to wear the camp t-shirt and neat khaki or denim shorts.
How much money should I bring to camp? Are there any ATMs?
We recommend no more than $50 for general spending money while you are attending camp. This will let you pay for incidentals, including pizza nights or snack and soda machines.
There is an ATM located in the Campus Center.
Arrival and Departure FAQ
How do I get to WCSU?
If you haven’t already, take a look at our Directions Page, where you’ll find driving directions, maps, and more. Camp is held on the WESTSIDE Campus of WCSU.
What should I bring with me?
For your convenience, we have a handy list of everything you should bring with you to camp this summer. It’s available HERE both online and as a PDF download.
When should I arrive and where do I “check in”?
Resident students should arrive at the Grasso Hall lobby between 9:00am and 11:00am on Sunday July 19, 2015. There, you will meet the camp Administration, Faculty, and Staff; take care of any remaining payments; receive your room key; and schedule your Placement or Select Ensemble Audition. You will also find counselors waiting and willing to help you get your bags to your room. If you need to arrive after 11am, please contact Laura Piechota for instructions. Commuter students will receive audition times by email as camp approaches and should arrive at the Visual and Performing Arts Center lobby 20 minutes prior to your assigned audition time.
How long should parents stay on arrival Sunday?
Once parents have completed registration and settled any remaining account balances, they may leave.
Where can parents stay overnight, if needed?
There are several hotels close to campus.
Do you have a check-out procedure?
All resident campers will pack up on Saturday July 25, 2015 prior to the final concert. Dorm rooms will be inspected for cleanliness by the counselors before the final concerts begin. Checkout will happen at the conclusion of the concerts.
What is the schedule my first day at WCSU Music Camp?
The regular daily camp schedule officially begins at 8am on Monday July 20, the day after you arrive. Here’s how you will be spending your time until then:
9:00 am to 11:00 am – Arrive at camp. Check in at the Registration Area, schedule your placement / elective audition, move into your dorm room, meet your roommate and students on your floor, get some lunch, etc.
12:00pm to 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Placement auditions.
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Dinner.
7:30 pm – Opening Convocation. Here you will meet our Administration and Staff, and hear an introduction to the rules and regulations of music camp, as well as enjoy a selection of performances from our faculty and staff.
9:00 pm – Placement Audition Results posted. Check these to see in what ensembles you have been placed, and in which chair you have been seated.
9:30 PM – Floor Meetings. Meet and greet your counselors and your peers.
When do rehearsals and classes officially begin?
The regular daily camp schedule begins at 8 am on Monday.
What is the regular daily schedule?
That is viewable on this page.
Dorm Life FAQ
Where will I stay while I’m at music camp?
Resident campers will reside in Grasso Hall on the Westside campus of WCSU. Males and Females will be separated by floor and grouped by age.
Roommates are randomly assigned by age, so for example, a 15 year old boy will have another 15 year old boy as a roommate. You may also request a roommate. Roommate requests must be made by all parties by email no later than June 1st.
Students will be housed in two-person dorm rooms, with each student having their own desk, bed, dresser, and closet. There will be two or three rooms in a suite, which includes a common area and a bathroom. Grasso Hall is air-conditioned.
What size sheets will I need?
The beds at WCSU are all regular twin size.
How will campers be supervised?
WCSU Summer Music maintains an 8 to 1 ratio of campers to faculty/staff as per the camp licensing requirements. Counselors will be housed in the dormitories alongside the students, providing 24/7 supervision. All Counselors are 18 years of age and older. Many will have had training in Emergency Care, First Aid, and CPR.
What kind of security is used in the buildings at WCSU?
All WCSU Summer Music Camp students, staff, and faculty will be issued magnetic access keycards, which must be used for entry into the dormitory. Campus Police patrol 24/7. We are fortunate that they also have an office right on campus, providing speedy response in emergency. The dorm offices will also be staffed during all evening and late night hours, controlling dormitory and building access.
What will my mailing address be at camp?
Your friends and relatives may mail you letters, postcards, and care packages to the following address:
Your Name c/o WCSU Summer Music Camp
181 White Street
Danbury CT 06810
May I request my friend as my roommate?
Yes, but both your parents and your friend’s parents must independently notify us by email no later than June 1st.
May I have appliances in my dorm room?
You may bring small electronic devices including computers, hairdryers, gaming devices, etc.
I have special dietary needs. Can you accommodate them?
Yes! Please let us know as soon in advance as possible, and we’ll communicate your needs to the food service staff at SODEXO. They are happy to accommodate any special dietary needs, from nut allergies to kosher foods to strict vegans.
I have special daily medical needs. May I take my meds on my own?
Connecticut State Health Regulations for overnight summer camps clearly state that no camper may keep any medications, either OTC or prescription, in their rooms. All medications must be given to the nurse upon arrival, and may only be dispensed by a qualified health care professional.
Can I have guests stay overnight in my room?
No camper may host any overnight guests in their rooms. It is a violation of State of CT Dept of Health regulations; may be considered to be trespassing by the college; and may require the involvement of the Connecticut State Police, who are resident on campus.
Can I play more than one instrument at camp?
Yes! Although most students choose to focus on one primary instrument, many play additional instruments in multiple ensembles. You may be required to have a placement audition for every instrument that you wish to play at camp. Remember to tell all of your faculty auditioners that you are doing multiple instruments; which instruments you are playing; and your personal preferences, for example, you prefer jazz over orchestra, or chamber over voice, etc.
Can I rent an instrument?
A limited number of instruments are available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis for $50.00 per week. Please be sure to tell us well in advance if you will need to rent an instrument.
What are placement auditions?
Auditions are how the Faculty and Conductors will learn how best to place and seat you in ensembles. They take place on Sunday afternoon and only last a few minutes. There will be seating auditions for most of the ensembles.
What should I prepare for my placement audition?
Your placement audition will consist of playing scales, a prepared piece of your choosing (make sure to pick one that demonstrates your ability), and sight-reading. If you are interested in playing in one of the jazz ensembles or classes, you also might prepare a jazz etude or a song to improvise on (optional).
Where can I practice?
Students may use practice facilities in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Laura Piechota, camp director
203 837 8614