Music for All celebrates 40th Anniversary of Summer Symposium Music Camp

Mike Lawson • News • May 12, 2015

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In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Music for All announces it will host the Music for All Summer Symposium this June, one of the nation’s largest summer music camps for both students and teachers. The symposium is presented by Yamaha, and will be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Music for All celebrates 40th Anniversary of Summer Symposium Music Camp

INDIANAPOLIS – Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Music for All, one of the most respected 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations in support of music education, is hosting one of the nation’s largest summer music camps for students and teachers, the Music for All Summer Symposium, on June 20-27, 2015. Presented by Yamaha, this weeklong camp will take place at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and will give students and educators the opportunity to expand on their musicality, build on their leadership skills, and make connections to last a lifetime.

Over 1,000 high school band students, orchestra students, and high school, middle school and future band directors from across the country are expected to attend this year’s Music for All Summer Symposium. The camp provides professional development and continuing education for music educators, as well as instruction and leadership training for students from respected experts. 

To kick off the camp, Music for All presents a student Leadership Weekend Experience June 20-22, led by professional speaker, author, and Music for All Educational Consultant, Fran Kick and a staff of leading motivational presenters. This weekend serves as an outlet for students to gain the skills they need to make a difference in their music programs and communities.

During the symposium, students follow performance tracks based upon their area of interest, including concert band, jazz, marching band, orchestra, percussion, color guard and drum majors. All areas are taught by some of the most valued music educators in the country. 

Summer Symposium also provides a program for music educators, giving them the opportunity to control their own experience and take away the skills they need to start the upcoming school year feeling refreshed. New music educators and college students who plan to become directors are also encouraged to attend at a discounted rate. 

The week is full of many opportunities to perform and learn, but also to listen. Each evening features live performances by musicians of many different genres including:

  • Yamaha Young Performing Artists – Monday, June 22, 8:00pm at Emens Auditorium, balcony seating free and open to the public
  • U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus – Tuesday, June 23, 8:00pm at Emens Auditorium, balcony seating free to the public with ticket available at box office
  • Voices from the Soul – Wednesday, June 24 , 8:00pm at Emens Auditorium [$5-$15 – can be purchased at box office]
  • Ahn Trio – Thursday, June 25, 8:00pm at Emens Auditorium  [$5-$15 – can be purchased at box office]
  • DCI Central Indiana – Friday, June 26, 7:00pm at Scheumann Stadium, tickets available at or at the on gate day of the show
  • Muncie Music Center is the Official Music Store of the 2015 MFA Summer Symposium. Music for All, with the support of its sponsors and partners, strives to make this weeklong camp a positively life-changing experience for all. For more information or to buy tickets to the evening concerts, please visit or call 800-848-BAND. 

About Music for All
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015, Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making. Since 1975, MFA, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, MFA’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. MFA’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. MFA’s programs include 20+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.

Music for All Sponsors
Music for All’s efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor, Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor, Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Student Travel Partner, Music Travel Consultants; Official Equipment Sponsor, Wenger Corporation; Corporate Sponsors: Vic Firth Company, Zildjian, U.S. Army, Texas Dairy Queen®, Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis; Strategic Advocacy Partner, NAMM; Associate Sponsors: Vandoren, Remo, Inc., Director’s Showcase International, Woodwind & Brasswind and Delivra. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Ball Brothers Foundation, George and Frances Ball Foundation, and Lilly Endowment Inc. 

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