Each year, the Florence J. Gillmor School of Music at Westminster College hosts the SummerSong Music Festival, a music camp for talented high school singers and pianists. Thanks to generous funding by the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation, 25 singers and 10 pianists are invited to stay on campus and receive a week-long immersion in the art of singing and piano performance.

High school juniors and seniors who participate in all lessons, classes, and activities of SummerSong will receive a Westminster College transcript for two college elective music credits, transferable to any college or university.

The next SummerSong is June 17–21, 2019.

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In order to be eligible to apply for Westminster SummerSong, you must:

  • Be a singer or pianist 14–18 years old.
  • Be interested in studying music in college.
  • Demonstrate talent, musicianship, and creativity.
  • Be willing to work hard, learn, and collaborate with colleagues.
  • Love to sing, play, and perform.

Students do not need to be from Salt Lake City to apply to SummerSong. Students come from all over the country and the world to participate.


The $300 registration fee ($12 processing fee) covers room and board, tuition, and evening activities. Students are responsible for their own airfare and transportation to Westminster College before and after the camp. You do not need to bring extra money to camp; all expenses are covered by the camp fee or scholarships.


The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

Fill out the application form, including the submission of an audio file or performance video of 1–2 solo vocal or piano pieces. Students will be notified about acceptance by May 1, 2019.

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SummerSong Activities

SummerSong activities run every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Evening camp activities may include excursions to the nearby Sugar House Park, hiking in the Wasatch Mountains, s’mores, movie and karaoke nights, swimming and volleyball, and plenty of hangout time with students from across the country. The week’s musical studies culminate in two showcase recitals on Friday, featuring SummerSong singers, pianists, and choir.

The week’s activities include:

  • Two private lessons with Westminster music faculty
  • Daily master classes
  • Music workshops
  • A daily yoga class
  • Acting classes with Westminster theatre faculty
  • A daily choir and movement rehearsal
  • Evening activities including hiking, performances, games, and access to the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center
  • Faculty recitals
  • Student showcase concerts

Housing and Meals

All SummerSong participants experience residential life on Westminster’s picturesque college campus during the camp—staying in Westminster housing and dining in the Shaw Student Center. All participants will also have a camp counselor assigned to them 24/7 during the camp for their safety.

Housing and meals are included in the registration fee, and campus housing will provide sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, soap, and shampoo. Special housing scholarships are available for qualified students; indicate your interest on the application form to be considered for a scholarship.

You may check into your dorm room on Sunday, 3–6:00 p.m. You must check out of your dorm room before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday—many students leave after the Student Showcase Concert on Friday evening.

What to Pack

At the Student Showcase Concert, students will perform in their camp t-shirt and choice of bottoms and shoes. Pack comfortable clothes for hot summer weather and comfortable shoes that could work for hiking, going to the gym, neighborhood walking, or shopping. Include layers like a cardigan or sweatshirt for rooms with strong air conditioning. If you're interested in using the pool at the Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center, pack your swimsuit.

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Camp Faculty

Everyone at the camp will have a chance to work with a variety of Westminster's faculty. However, if you have a specific private lesson teacher request, please email:

Camp faculty include:

  • Dr. Christopher Puckett, camp director and voice faculty (tenor)
  • Dr. Kimi Kawashima, camp director and piano faculty
  • Dr. Chris Quinn, SummerSong chorus, director of music at Westminster
  • Dr. Karlyn Bond, piano faculty
  • Dr. Jason Hardink, piano faculty
  • Aubrey Adams-McMillan, voice (mezzo-soprano)
  • Dr. Emily Nelson, voice (soprano)
  • Hilary Koolhoven, voice (soprano)
  • Bailey Sill, dance and movement
  • Emily Willams, vocal coach
  • Jared Oaks, vocal coach
  • Melanie Nelson, acting for singers


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If you have any questions about SummerSong, please contact Kimi Kawashima at 801.832.2379 or email Christopher Puckett at