Camping with the Pops

Summer Chamber Music Program

July 8 – 12, 2024

This week-long camp promises an incredible experience for young musicians to expand their musical skills. Rehearsing in small ensembles, guided by professional music educators, the student musicians will prepare a program of selections to be presented in a free concert
on Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the SCF Studio for the Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Camping with the Pops horn player
Camping with the Pops violinist
Hecht Foundation
State College of Florida logo

The Camping with the Pops Summer Chamber Music Program, is  sponsored by the Hecht Foundation and hosted by the State College of Florida (SCF) on their Bradenton campus.

SCF Music facilities


All activities take place on the Bradenton campus of State College of Florida in the Performance Arts building.

Camp Faculty/Coaches


Woodwind Quintet Dr. Jane Hoffman, Pops Principal Flute, SCF Adjunct Instructor at SCF
String Ensemble Nikki Rinsema, Pops Concert Master
Jazz Combo  – Vic Mongillo, Pops Principal* Trumpet, Pine View School Director of Bands
Percussion Ensemble – Jarek Vogt, Music Education Senior at USF
Low Brass Choir – Dan Dodds, Pops Principal Trombone
Saxophone Choir – Zach McKee, Pops Saxophone Player, Sarasota Middle School Band Director”

Students have their choice of an ensemble based on ability including:

String Chamber Orchestra
Woodwind Quintet
Brass Quintet
Jazz Band
Saxophone Ensemble
Low Brass Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Trumpet Ensemble
Flute Choir
Clarinet Choir

Camp Rehearsals and Concert

July 8 – 12, 2024
Monday – Friday
6 pm to 8 pm
Concluding concert on Friday at 7:30 pm

Applying students must:

  • Be recommended by their teacher
  • Have at least two years playing experience
  • Be able to attend all rehearsals and the concert
  • Complete the on-line registration with a liability waiver and photo release
  • Submit a $75 camp fee with the application.