Band Camp

Band Camp

Band Camp 

The Rowan Summer Music Camp offers students entering grades 8 through 12 the opportunity to study with some of the region’s finest instrumental, choral, and orchestral educators and performers. During this dynamic five-day camp, students participate in large and small ensembles, experience challenging quality repertoire, and have lessons with world-class faculty. Participants develop their musicianship and improve their technical abilities as they perform in master classes, attend music theory sessions, and see recitals from guest artists.

Hosted by the Rowan University Department of Music, students study in the spacious Wilson Music Building which houses Pfleeger Concert Hall, Boyd Recital Hall, two newly renovated rehearsal rooms, and over 80 practice rooms. Attendees are housed in air-conditioned residence halls and share meals in the Student Center dining hall. Supervision of the residence hall is provided by Summer Music Camp Staff and Rowan Campus Security.

Evening events feature performances by our esteemed camp faculty, and Thursday’s final concert is an exciting culminating event in which all campers perform onstage.

"...I loved my experience at the Rowan Band Camp, which is I've returned for a second summer. We are able to work with professional musicians and receive personalized help from them. And the overall experience of the Summer Music Camps is amazing. You meet other dedicated students who have the same music goals as you. Rehearsals are always enjoyable and the conductors are the best - equal time is spent playing my instrument, learning about new music, and laughing. I will definitely be returning next year!"
2019 Band Camp (Flute Player)

Conductor & Band Camp Director:

Dr. Joseph Higgins, the Director of Bands at Rowan University, conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. As a winner of a National Band Association conducting competition, he was recently invited to perform with "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. He serves as a guest conductor with outstanding high school and collegiate ensembles throughout the country. Higgins is an avid supporter of composition projects and frequently collaborates with young composers in creating and premiering new works. He began his teaching career working with middle and high school instrumental programs in Gwinnett County, Georgia. His professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society), the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, and he is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Higgins received a degree in music education from the University of Georgia and graduate degrees in conducting from Northwestern University where he studied with Mallory Thompson.