Registration open for Heights Summer Music Camp

Reaching Heights is looking for instrumental music students who want to spend a week playing great music.

Enrollment is now open for the Heights Summer Music Camp, which will be held from June 18–23 at Wiley Middle School. Reaching Heights started the camp in partnership with the CH-UH City School District in 2005, as an affordable opportunity to energize and develop 10 to 15-year-old musicians, and increase summer opportunities for youths.

The week long program serves fifth through eighth graders who have participated in their school instrumental music program for at least two years, or have had a year of private lessons. Experienced fourth graders may participate by teacher recommendation. Campers must be residents of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district.

Daniel Heim, Heights High instrumental music director, is the music director and conductor for the camp. More than 25 music educators and professionals, along with college and high school musicians, provide expert instruction and mentoring to campers. A finale concert on June 23 will showcase camper progress.

The deadline for applications is May 15. Space is limited to 85 musicians. A placement audition for all new campers is scheduled for May 19. Financial assistance is available, to ensure that all motivated music students are able to participate.

The serious but relaxed setting is both motivating and fun. Campers play music from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with breaks for lunch, recitals, crafts and recreation. The daily schedule of orchestra rehearsals and sectional practice, chamber groups, and music theory builds skills and confidence. Campers also explore a variety of musical traditions through vocal, guitar and jazz workshops.

Applications are available online at or by calling 216-371-9201.

Susie Kaeser

Susie Kaeser is former director of Reaching Heights and a board member of the Home Repair Resource Center. She has lived in Cleveland Heights since 1979.

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