General Information for Accepted Students

We’re so excited you’ll be joining us for ISYM 2021! If you’re a new student, we welcome you to a tradition of almost 70 years of musical excellence! Returning participants are in for a treat as we have many exciting new opportunities this summer. Most importantly, please note that ISYM participants will be staying in Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall this summer. We ask that you please read the following information for all ISYM participants and families. Information specifically for commuter participants is included on the last page. You will receive information about registration day and final instructions before the start of your program.

ISYM Mailing Address:                                                          
Illinois Summer Youth Music                                                      
1114 W. Nevada St.                                                                  
Urbana, IL 61801                                                                      
217.244.3404 |

Dorm Registration and Student Housing:
Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall (PAR)

906 W. College Ct., Urbana

ISYM Counselor Office: 217.333.5209

Before you Arrive

Payment Of Fees: A $60.00 late fee will be charged if final payment was not postmarked by May 16.  If this balance due includes a scholarship check, this fee will be waived.   Please note that your final payment is due by the first day of your session. 

Final Statement: Before the final payment deadline, a final statement will be emailed showing all payments made to your account.  All balances due must be paid by credit card, cash, check(s) and/or money order(s) (payable to University of Illinois). Credit card payments and scholarship checks will be accepted in the registration line on the opening day of camp.  If you have any questions or concerns about your payments, please contact

Student Medical FormYour ISYM check-in will not be considered complete until your medical form is on file. Please make sure to send it well in advance. This form must be on file by the first day of camp.  ISYM does not require a physician’s signature on the Student Medical Form, nor is a physical exam required. 

NOTE Pre-existing medical conditions should be noted on the camper’s medical form. If campers are taking medication, please notify your floor counselor.  Insulin and similar medications will be refrigerated as required.  Campers requiring regularly scheduled dosages or the use of insulin must notify the head counselor at check-in. These medications will be stored in the ISYM office at  PAR.  ISYM Staff will not administer medical treatments (shots, eye/ear drops, etc.). It is recommended that individual needs of campers be discussed with the floor counselors during the first day of camp.

The University and ISYM do not provide medical insurance coverage for participants.


Arriving at ISYM

Early Arrival/Late Departure (For Dorms): Students may arrive one day early and/or leave one day late for ISYM; additional room charges apply. Please contact the ISYM office ( at least three weeks prior to the start of ISYM to make necessary arrangements. Students who arrive early should check in at the PAR Main Office. Payment for the extra night(s) must be remitted at the time of arrival. Make checks payable to: University of Illinois.  The student will be housed in the room that they will occupy during the upcoming session. ISYM counselors will be responsible for the student after check-in on the first day of camp.  If arriving early or leaving late, students will be on their own for meals.  A counselor will be on call for emergencies. Middle school students staying between two sessions will have counselor supervision and be escorted to meals. Please Note: Meal service begins with dinner of the first day of camp.

Late Arrivals: Please let ISYM administration know if you plan on arriving late. We will arrange for a late audition. If a student is late due to unforeseen circumstances, a late audition will also be offered. If the late audition occurs after the first rehearsal, students will be placed at the bottom of the appropriate section (e.g. Violin 2, Clarinet 1) since solos may already have been assigned in the first rehearsal. Any changes in section seating will be discussed with the ensemble director and explained to the section to avoid confusion among the entire section as to why students are being reseated. All students auditioning late will receive warm up time.

MOVE IN: Plan on arriving at ISYM between 8-9 am the Sunday of your program. Refer to Final Registration Day Information for specific details.

Student Life

Medical Care: There is always a counselor on “sick call” 24 hrs. a day during camp whom students can report to for any medical needs.  First Aid supplies and over-the-counter medications are available in the main ISYM office at PAR. Medical services are available within the Urbana-Champaign area 24 hours a day, including emergency care at Carle Foundation Hospital and Clinic.  Those needing medical attention are taken to an urgent care clinic for treatment (in most cases). The ISYM staff will contact you immediately by calling the emergency number(s) given on the medical form. Every attempt will be made to make contact with the person(s) listed on the medical form. In the event one cannot be contacted, ISYM will leave a detailed message whenever possible. In the case of serious illness or medical emergency, the advice of the attending physician will be followed. It is the responsibility of a parent or guardian to pay for any medical treatment given during ISYM. This includes (but is not limited to) medication or prescribed drugs, surgical procedures, and emergency transportation.

Telephones:  Participants may bring a cell phone, but they should not be used in classes or evening concerts. Parents should call students on a pre-arranged schedule (evenings) between 10:00 and 10:30 pm or early mornings before 8:00 am.

Mail:  Any mail addressed to students should be sent to: Campers Name, c/oILLINOIS SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC, 1114 WEST NEVADA ST, URBANA, IL, 61801. Mail should be sent to arrive after the opening of camp. Do not send mail to the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall.

INTERNET: Wi-fi Internet is available in dorm rooms via a guest wi-fi password.

The Daily Downbeat: The camp newsletter is published every day and can be read in the PAR lobby every morning.  It contains information about schedules, activities, and final concerts and should be read by all participants. This will also be emailed daily to all parents.

Supervision: During the day, participants are supervised by ISYM teaching staff. After 5:00PM, participants are supervised by ISYM counseling staff that accompany them to evening events and conduct numerous head checks throughout the evening. Counselors live in the dorms with the participants and are available 24 hours a day for support. The counselor to participant ratio is approximately 1:15. Participants staying between sessions will be supervised by on call counselors.

Security: ISYM requires all visitors to check-in with the ISYM counseling office to obtain a visitor’s badge. All ISYM participants, employees, and visitors must wear ISYM identification at all times. The Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall (PAR) is staffed 24 hours a day by hall monitors. The front doors are locked 24/7. Only residents and authorized visitors are allowed access. Inside of PAR, participants must swipe their housing card to gain access to the rooms. Boys and girls are housed on separate floors and are only allowed on the floor of the gender to which they identify.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided at the PAR cafeteria beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with lunch on Saturday. Many food options are available including fresh fruits, a salad bar, and hot entrees. PAR always offers a vegetarian option, and if you have specific food allergies, please note these on your Medical Form and fill out this form so that we may relay any special dietary needs to an PAR Food Division staff member. Participants are permitted to keep non-perishable snack foods in their residence hall rooms. Refrigerators are not available to participants, except for medical needs such as the storage of insulin.

Off-Campus Permit: ISYM participants, with the proper authorization, may leave the ISYM designated area for special events (for example, going out to eat with a roommate and roommate’s parents). Parents must complete the “Permission to Leave” form on the first day of camp and submit it to the ISYM Counseling Office. A photo ID is required in order to check a student out during ISYM.

Camp Pictures: Professional photographs of each individual ISYM group will be taken during each session.  These can be pre-ordered by students after the picture is taken at the beginning of the week. Students should bring approximately $20 to cover the cost of pictures. Alternatively, photographs may be purchased during check out on Saturday.

Camp T-Shirts: A special t-shirt with the ISYM logo/design will be provided free of charge for each participant.

Instrument Repair Service: This service is not available through ISYM. If repairs are needed during ISYM, we can arrange to bring instruments to a local repair shop Monday through Saturday. Charges will need to be covered by the participant/parent. Instrument repair services will not be available on Sunday, so please make sure your instrument is in working order before coming to camp. ISYM is not responsible for any damage caused to instruments during the duration of the program.

WHAT TO BRING: Visit for a complete list of items needed for your program.

Final Concert Dress: For Choir, Band, Orchestra and Jazz participants: Black dress pants (no jeans) or skirt (knee length or longer); white dress shirt.  Dark dress shoes and socks are required (no tennis shoes, please). Pre-college participants should bring appropriate dress clothing for the final concert.

Everyday Clothing: Bring casual yet appropriate clothing for rehearsals and campus activities; suitable attire for RAINY and COLD weather; we suggest bringing at least one dress shirt, pants/dresses for the evening recitals. (Please do not wear jeans or tennis shoes to these events.)  Students are strongly encouraged to bring an umbrella as well as sweaters or jackets for rehearsals; AC is COLD on campus! Comfortable walking shoes are also highly recommended.

Do Not Bring: expensive jewelry, cooking appliances, or excessive spending money ($8-10 in cash per day is a reasonable amount to budget).  Students will be able to store money and other valuable items in their locked closet.  The University and ISYM are not liable for theft, loss, damage or destruction of personal property.

Final Day of ISYM: (Breakfast and Lunch provided for resident students)

Key Return: Dorm Keys will be returned at checkout or a lost key fee of $25 per key will be due at that time.


Auditions and Rehearsals



Additional Commuter Information

Parent Meeting: All parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the parent meeting on the first day. The time of this meeting will be announced in the final instructions packet.

Pick-up & Drop-Offs:
At the first Sunday rehearsal, students will receive a daily schedule.  Please reference the daily schedule for first and last class/rehearsal locations.


Instrument Storage: Participants may store large instruments in MB 0360.

Meal Options:



Refund Policy

Refunds will be given in the following instances:

  1. The full tuition deposit ($100) refund will be sent to applicants of a closed program or section.
  2. A partial tuition deposit ($25) and any early payment will be refunded to participants who cancel registration prior to May 15 or do not meet minimum camp requirements
  3. Cancellations received for participants after May 15 and before 3 weeks prior to the first day of his/her ISYM program will receive a refund of all payments except the $100 deposit.
  4. No refund will be given to participants under the following circumstances: those who cancel during the 3 weeks prior to the first day of camp, those who depart from camp early, or arrive to camp late.

Due to costs being set based on enrollment we are unable to offer any other refund options.
On behalf of the University of Illinois, the School of Music and the ISYM staff, we look forward to seeing you this summer!