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WVU offers creative summer camp options

Schools within the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts offer a wide array of programming for youth - adults with varying levels of experience.

Visual Arts Summer Academy

June 25-30

Visual Arts Academy

The Visual Arts Summer Academy is a community-based program designed for students in grades 7-12. Supervised by student counselors and faculty in WVU’s Art Education program, participants will reside in the Evansdale Residential Complex near the Creative Arts Center and engage in studio art workshops during the day and mini-lectures and studio explorations in the evening.

“The academy is designed to expose students at the middle and high school grade levels to a world-renowned visual arts program while helping them to expand their art and design skills,” said Teri Giobbia, assistant professor of art education. “Students will learn new techniques and artistic processes that will help them to create university quality entrance portfolios, which offers the students an opportunity to think about art and design career pathways and positively experience campus life at the university.”

The total cost of the program is $575 if registered before June 15. For more information, click here.

Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy

June 16 - 20 

Mountaineer Music Academy

Mountaineer Music Academy, with the resources of the School of Music and College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University, provides the finest experiential musical and leadership training for high school instrumental and vocal students.

“Students attending the Leadership Academy will develop skills that will assist them in serving as effective leaders within their respective school music ensembles,” Said Scott Tobias, director of bands. “Topics covered include conducting for drum majors, leading peer groups and ways in which student leaders can assist their directors.”

For more information, visit the website.

Percussion Camp

June 26 - 30 

The sixth annual WVU Summer Percussion Camp will include clinics and workshops by the WVU Percussion faculty George Willis, Michael Vercelli and Brian Wolfe. In addition to clinics with faculty, students will be treated to performances by The Willis Duo, Mountain Men Percussion Ensemble, David Newcomb and others.

Percussion Camp

“Students attending the WVU Summer Percussion camp will receive personalized instruction for the WVU percussion faculty, as well as have high quality performance opportunities,” said Willis. “There are very few camps like the WVU Summer percussion camp.  The students will perform and participate with other campers for the entire week and have access to WVU’s percussion equipment, which is unparalleled in many places.” 

Registration closes June 20. For more information on the camp, click here.


Viola Bootcamp

June 19 – 22 

The WVU Viola Bootcamp is an intensive, fun-filled opportunity for those ages 16 and up, at any level, to sharpen their skills, prepare for music festivals, and network within the viola community.

“Our camp is one of the only ones like it in the country,” said camp director Andrea Houde. “Activities will include daily private lessons, master classes, technique classes, viola ensemble, lectures and performances, in addition to social events like dessert night, movie night and an ‘olde time’ jam session.”

For more information, email Houde at


Summer Youth Choral Academy

July 18 - 22

The WVU Summer Youth Choral Academy, part of the Community Music Program, strives to develop the whole choral musician; consummate choral singers require sound vocal technique, an understanding of music theory, and skills in aural and sight-singing. Over the five days spent at the SYCA, students focus on developing these skills, ensuring that they emerge as more versatile musicians. Sessions will take place at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

For more information on the Summer Youth Choral Academy, visit the website:


Summer Acting Academy

June 19 – 23

Summer Acting Academy

The Summer Acting Academy is a one-week professional theatre training program for young actors, who wish to explore and develop the actor in themselves. Open to students of all levels of theatre experience, the Summer Acting Academy provides quality training for the beginning actor, as well as advanced level study for the young actor with previous experience.

Our Summer Theater Academy is an opportunity for school age students to train at a professional caliber in a conservatory setting,” said camp director Irene Alby. “Faculty, students and guest artists teach classes in numerous areas including improv, voice, mask work, acting and stage combat.  The week focuses on process rather than product, with the goal of helping students develop skills that a professional performer needs.”

Information on the camp can be found at:


Summer Dance Academy

June 25-July 1

Summer Dance Academy

The Summer Dance Academy offers three different tracks for children, teens and dancer teachers. The multidisciplinary camp gives participants the opportunity to take classes in ballet, creative movement, jazz, hip-hop dance and more. The camp is taught by WVU and guest faculty and college credit is available.

“Students will gain experience from WVU dance faculty as well as guest faculty from around the country and get a chance to learn a variety of dance genres including various dance forms from around the world,” said Yoav Kaddar, director of WVU’s dance program. 

All three camps will accept registration until June 25. For complete details, visit the academy website.


Cosplay Camp

August 7 – 11

Cosplay Camp teaches youth about the performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.

“Students should walk away from the camp with the skills to build fantasy costumes from scratch-- everything from capes to light up armor,” said Tiffany Delligatti, clinical assistant professor of costuming. “This workshop is unlike any offered in the state. It offers techniques on thermoplastics, painting, LEDs and many other creative costuming tricks all taught by industry professionals.”

Participants must register by August 1. For more information, email Delligatti at