Summer Music Camp

June 7 - 12, 2021  CANCELLED
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It's still not safe to offer the music camp experience with the same intensity of experience that has made summer music camp motivating and transformative

for campers and staff.  Summer Music Camp will be back when it is clear we can

offer our wonderful camp and not jeopardize anyone’s health. We miss you

campers and staff and hope you are staying healthy and practicing and

listening to good music until we can be together again.

Summer is a perfect time for busy students to focus on their interests. That’s why in 2005, Reaching Heights launched Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp to give students in the CH-UH school district’s instrumental music program a chance to explore music in an intensive yet leisurely environment.


Elementary and middle school instrumental music students (grades 5-8) who live in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district are invited to spend a fun-filled week exploring music at the Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp. We welcome emerging musicians who want to play wonderful music, explore music in many forms, improve, and experience the rewards of sustained effort.


A ratio of one instructor for every three students creates excitement and growth. Our staff includes Cleveland Heights-University Heights music educators, professional musicians, and college and high school student mentors. Daniel Heim, Director of Orchestras at Heights High is the camp music director and conductor.


It's a jam-packed week of music exploration with orchestra and chamber group rehearsals, interactive music theory activities, master classes and sectionals with instrument specialists, and electives including jazz, chorus, percussion, and ukulele.


Jeffrey Altonen Scholarship for Summer Music Camp

The Roxboro and Monticello Middle School PTAs and parent music booster groups established the Jeffrey Altonen Scholarship for Summer Music Camp in memory of Monticello Middle School instrumental music teacher, Jeffrey Altonen, who passed away in 2019. This scholarship is a wonderful tribute to Mr. Altonen who was always thinking of ways to support student musicians. Donations to this fund help supplement tuition costs so every young musician can attend camp.

Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp

Eligibility: Instrumental music students enrolled in 5th - 8th grades during the 2019-2020 school year who live in the CH-UH school district and have at least two years' experience with their school instrument. Some 4th graders who have had private lessons may be admitted at the music director's discretion.  


Location: Heights High School, 13263 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights.


Hours: Monday - Friday, June 8 - 12, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (early drop off can be arranged) and Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Finale Concert: All campers perform for family, friends, and the community in the end-of-camp concert to be held on Saturday, June 13 at 10:30 am.  It's an inspiring display of musical development!  Camp ends after the concert and reception. 

Tuition: Camp fee is $200. Write checks payable to Reaching Heights. Please write Music Camp on the memo line. Full payment is due no later than June 5. Multi-camper families may request a $25 discount.


Scholarships: Tuition aid is available so that all interested musicians can attend. To request reduced tuition, submit with your application a brief statement of need and how much you can pay. Scholarships will be awarded as applications are received.


Skills Assessment: First-time campers meet with the music director and theory staff on Saturday, May 23 at Heights High School, to assess skills.  Campers play scales and two pieces of music that display their playing level.  This will guide orchestra seating, and chamber group and theory assignments. 


Lunch and Recreation: The camp day includes breaks for lunch and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.


To Reserve a Space: Submit the Camp Application and a $25 deposit to Reaching Heights by May 1, 2020. Late applications will be considered but space is limited. Camp applications will be mailed in February to every student enrolled in their CH-UH school's orchestra class. Return completed camp application to Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. 


Questions? Contact Krista Hawthorne at 216-932-5110 or Camp administrator, Susie Kaeser, can be reached at