The Madeline Island Music Camp was founded in 1985 as a one-week chamber music program for twenty students from Minnesota. Today there is a three-week program for thirty-two talented young string players, a five-week program for sixteen advanced fellowship string players, and a one-week program for twenty-five woodwind musicians. Students come from across the country and around the world to study chamber music with a distinguished faculty and resident string quartets.
Initially the Music Camp took place in rented facilities on scattered sites on Madeline Island. Today, it owns a 10-acre wooded site with solo and ensemble practice room buildings as well as three architecturally designed student lodges. The Mary Lange Music Center, with dining facilities, music library, administrative offices, student lounge, and fireplace, is within walking distance of the practice rooms and student lodges. A new practice wing was completed in 2006, enhancing practice and rehearsal schedules and a new student lodge opened in 2007 allowing the entire student body to be housed on one site for the first time. In 2016, the Music Camp became known as Madeline Island Chamber Music – an inclusive umbrella for all of our programs, that carries forward our strong history and mission.
Students and artist faculty perform each week at The Clubhouse located near the campus overlooking the lovely grounds of the golf course with spectacular views of Lake Superior and the Marina.
Madeline Island is located in northern Wisconsin on Lake Superior. The Island is 14 miles long and three miles wide, and is reached by a short ferry ride from the small town of Bayfield, Wisconsin.
The Island is home to approximately two hundred year-round residents and over two thousand summer residents. Its relative isolation, relaxed atmosphere and incredible natural beauty provide an inspirational environment conducive to the highest level of music accomplishment.
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2015 a documentary was produced by John Kaul which captures the history of the camp.
Production credit: John Kaul, Afton Films