Seltzer Studio in Collaboration with other local music studios offers multiple summer music camps for intermediate music students interested in composition, ear training, theory, and performance intensives.

Benefits of Summer Music Camps:

  • Intensive learning of a new skill not focused on in regular private lessons
  • Blossoming of creativity in a safe and non-judgemental area, surrounded by supportive musical peers
  • Opportunities to explore different musical styles and genres with other students and faculty
  • Opportunities to learn about music composition, production, history, and world music
  • Gain sight-reading, ear training, and sight singing proficiency.
  • Learn strategies to help with performance anxiety
  • Opportunities to play in ensembles
  • Performance opportunities, masterclasses, musical mentors.

Music Camp Offerings Summer 2020

Summer Music Programs are located in NW Gainesville, and are limited to a small class size boosting each student’s creative potential and learning.

Junior Composers Camp

June 15-19, 2020

8am to 4pm each day

This Camp challenges talented music students to transform performance and creativity into an expression of themselves

Music theory, composition, and music history are put into practice with student led music making in partnership with professional musicians.

This week-long day camp is open to students ages 9-12 yrs old who want to explore music composition (limited to 12 participants)

We focus primarily on acoustic composition and creative composer-performer collaboration.

Students receive a printed book of all the compositions.

Cost: $500/per student

Fill out an application here

Violin Intensive

July 20-24, 2020

8:30am to 5pm each day

The Intensive encourages students to dig deep into repertoire and boost advancing techniques such as:

  • artistry of the bow
  • resonance and tone
  • group intonation
  • performance skills
  • ear training
  • advancing scale techniques
  • group ensemble skills

Advancing technique, alternative styles, ear training, and ensemble classes provide rich and unique learning environments.

Chamber ensembles are introduced to works of great composers. Faculty coaches play along side students in each group.

This week-long day camp is open to intermediate level violinists who are at a Suzuki book 3 level or equivalent. (limited to 6 participants)

Cost: $500/per student

Fill out an application here

All family and friends are invited to attend a final concert for each camp on their respective Friday evenings.


  1. Is lunch provided for students?– No. each student must bring a packed lunch each day. A snack is provided.
  2. Can I pick up my child late? or Drop off early?–Please drop off and pick up promptly on time. If a child is dropped off early or picked up late a fee of $10 for up to 30min early/late per instance will be billed.
  3. Is recital attire required?–no, camp clothes are okay for final performances
  4. Do we have to attend the final performance?–Other students are counting on your child’s participation in groups and ensemble work to be present at the final performances, please do your best to attend.
  5. What does a sample Camp day look like?–Students move from group classes such as theory, Music History, composition, technique classes ensemble classes each 60 or 90 minutes throughout the day. If minimum student attendance thresholds are met, private lessons with multiple faculty may also occur. There are 2 snack breaks with playground/outdoor time, and a Lunch break, always supervised.


Julia Seltzer holds a Viola Performance Degree from Florida State University under the tutelage of Dr. Pamela Ryan. She also is certified in multiple levels and specialties from the Suzuki Association of the Americas studying with James Hutchins, Cathryn Lee, and Betsy Stuen-Walker. She is a freelance performer with multiple Florida orchestras and the lead fiddler in local Irish band, Scuttered the Bruce. Ms. Seltzer specializes in teaching Violin performance, Viola performance, Advancing Technique, Bowing Artistry, Music theory, Ear training, and Ensemble skills

Nellie Eshleman has been playing cello in the city of Gainesville for 33 years. She has played in various orchestras and ensembles including the Southwest Florida Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra, Gainesville Orchestra, among others. She holds her Bachelors degree in Education and has studied Music Theory and Music History extensively at the University of Florida. Ms. Eshleman specializes in teaching Music Theory, Composition, Ear Training, Piano techniques, Music History, Cello Performance, and Ensemble skills.