Middle School Concert Band Academy

June 23 — 28, 2019

Weigel Auditorium

The Middle School Concert Band Academy (Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) is specifically designed for middle-level concert band musicians to enrich their understanding of music in an enjoyable, non-competitive and positive week-long program. In addition to rehearsals in the large ensemble, students will take part in instrument-specific master classes, as well as choosing two electives from these offerings: ukulele, world drumming, music theory and piano. The program will conclude with a band performance that is free and open to the public.

David Hedgecoth, director of Middle School Concert Band AcademyProgram director: Professor David Hedgecoth



Program Highlights

  • Morning music FUNdamentals
  • Ensemble and sectional rehearsals led by experienced staff
  • Varied, engaging repertoire
  • Daily elective activities including music theory, world drumming, ukulele and piano
  • Finale concert
Eligibility: for students entering grades 7 – 9 in the 2019 – 2020 school year.

2019 updates will be available in January.

Program fee: $295 — Tuition and T-shirt. No housing or meals.

Daily Schedule Overview

The Middle School Concert Band Academy will begin with orientation sessions and seating auditions on Sunday, June 23 from 2 – 6 p.m.  

The dress rehearsal and final concert will take place in Weigel Hall on Friday, June 28. The concert, 4 p.m.–5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

  • Sunday — Woodwind/percussion orientation, 2–4 p.m.; brass orientation 4–6 p.m.
  • Monday–Friday — 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A detailed daily schedule will be provided three weeks prior to the start of the program.

Registration Information

  • Full registration deadline: May 29, 2019
  • Limited registration deadline: June 19, 2019

Registrations completed by the Full registration deadline (online registration, and receipt of tuition payment and completed forms) will include all resources of the program (dormitory housing, T-shirt, meals etc.). After that deadline, all submitted registrations are considered Limited which may mean that some resources are not available (program capacity, dormitory housing, T-shirt, meals etc.). Be reminded that programs do sometimes fill to capacity prior to the Full registration deadline.

Instrumentation is limited, so all are encouraged to register early. This program traditionally reaches capacity before the deadline. We will accept the first 100 students who have registered, paid and submitted required forms.

Program registration consists of three steps:

Step OneRegistration. Complete an online registration via link to be provided in January.

After submitting the online registration, you should immediately receive a confirmation email. If you have not received it, one of three things has happened:

  • The email address you entered on your form may be incorrect
  • The confirmation email was sent to your SPAM box
  • The online registration was not received by our system

If you do not receive the confirmation email within two hours of submitting a registration, contact the Youth Summer Music Programs registrar for further instructions.

Step TwoPayment. Pay the participation fee online according to the instructions contained in your registration confirmation email. You will then see a "Checkout complete" screen acknowledging that your payment is in process, and an order number. Keep this number for your records.

If you choose to pay with a check or money order (made payable to "The Ohio State University"), mail payment to the School of Music at the address below. You will receive confirmation by email within 7 – 10 business days.

Mail to:

The Ohio State University School of Music
ATTN: Middle School Concert Band Academy—YSMP Registrar
110 Weigel Hall
1866 College Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

Step ThreeRequired forms. Parents or guardians are required to print out, complete, sign and send the following forms:

  1. Parental Permission Form [pdf]
  2. Ohio State Photo Release Form [pdf]
  3. Standards of Behavior Form [pdf]

Mail the completed and signed forms to the address above, or scan and email them to the YSMP registrar.

You will receive a welcome email with further instructions about program attendance approximately two weeks before the event.

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  • For questions regarding Middle School Concert Band Academy curriculum, contact David Hedgecoth at hedgecoth.1@osu.edu.
  • For questions regarding summer programming, contact the YSMP director, Scott A. Jones.

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