Did you know that MUSIC is an integral part of STEM? It’s true! Music students develop enhanced spatial-temporal skills, priming them for STEM careers requiring advanced problem-solving skills.

The arts can also directly inspire scientific queries and allow STEM students to hone skills such as creativity, perseverance, and dexterity. The Sound of Miners Orchestra Camp gives musically-inclined students, who intend to major in a STEM field, the opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestra music on a university campus, while experiencing all that S&T has to offer!

Campers will participate in daily rehearsals with Kyle Wernke (Director of Orchestras at Missouri S&T and American Prize-winning composer) and will hone their skills in more focused sectionals with incredible performers. Campers will then prepare a rich musical program for a community performance in S&T’s Leach Theatre at the conclusion of camp. In addition to rehearsals, campers will have the opportunity to explore campus, interact with current students, and discover that, at S&T, they can have their STEM and music, too!


Date: July 17-21, 2024
Eligibility: Rising 9th - 12th graders, and graduating seniors
Capacity: 75 students
Application: Required
Registration Fee: $650, paid after accepted (includes all meals, housing and camp materials)

This camp has been cancelled.

*See application details below



Application Deadline: April 15th 2024

Do not send registration fee with your application. Registration will only need to be paid if you are accepted into one of the camps.

The application requires you to list any repertoire for full orchestra that you have performed.  In addition, we require a letter of recommendation from a band/orchestra director or private teacher. Please prepare this ahead of time so that you can list your repertoire and upload the recommendation letter at the time of application submission. 

Acceptance Notification
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the email address provided in application, with applications being reviewed after March 15, 2024. Acceptance will be sent no later than June 15th.  Be sure to use an address that is regularly checked. Accepted applicants must then submit registration and payment online to reserve spot, online payment link will be provided with your acceptance notification.

Your acceptance is considered complete only when registration fee is received. Spots that have not been confirmed with payment will be considered incomplete and offered to other wait-listed applicants.

Dr. Kyle Wernke, Camp Director of Sound of Miners camp

For questions on logistics, application or registration, contact:

Kummer Center for STEM Education, Missouri University of Science & Technology


Explore Music

  • During the Sound of Miners Camp you’ll have the opportunity to perform extraordinary music by some of history’s best composers

Daily Schedule

  • Morning – Full Rehearsals
  • Afternoon – Sectionals and Campus Tours
  • Evening – Full Rehearsals and free time

Final Concert

  • Date TBD
  • Leach Theatre
  • Family and Community Members are Invited to Attend

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. USA Express provides shuttle service from St. Louis Lambert Airport to Rolla. You can contact USA Express by calling 1-800-872-9399 or visiting their website at https://www.usaxonline.com/. If you are having challenges arranging transportation, please contact the STEM Center for additional assistance.

All camps will have a $50 non-refundable fee. Persons wishing to cancel their registration must do so two weeks (14 full days) prior to the first day of their chosen program. No refunds will be made after this date.

Missouri S&T reserves the right to cancel any program in the event of insufficient registrations, severe weather or natural disaster. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified immediately via email and phone, and all fees will be returned in full.

Want More Information?

Summer Camps at S&T

Suite 104, 1200 N. Pine St, Rolla, MO
Phone: (573) 341-6204
Email: stemcenter@mst.edu

Operating Hours

Monday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday:8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.