Classical Campers

Classical Campers is a half-day music and arts immersion program that serves over 2,000 children each summer in Millennium Park.

Classical Campers get hands-on demonstrations from musicians

With Classical Campers, the Festival provides an appealing introduction to classical music through engaged storytelling and interactive workshops, and an in-depth exploration of art, architecture and nature at Millennium Park and the Lurie Gardens.

Campers are exposed to a live classical music performance at an open rehearsal, followed by a hands-on presentation and Q & A with professional musicians in the orchestra. Free lunch and bus service is provided by the Festival.

Campers learn the instruments of an orchestra at interactive workshops

Classical Campers offers a memorable and accessible experience intended to spark curiosity and foster interest in classical music for future audiences who may not otherwise have had exposure to a symphony orchestra.

In 2013, the Festival hosted 44 Chicago Park District Day Camps, including 11 special recreation camps from 33 different Chicago neighborhoods.




Classical Campers and counselors enjoy a day in Millennium Park learning about music and nature

“I learned that music is the best thing ever and that I like classical music”
Classical Camper

“Many of the kids in this area would have never been exposed to classical music as such if it hadn't been for your program”
Day Camp Counselor from Columbus Park in Austin