Location and What to Bring

Gustavus Show Choir Camp


Gustavus Show Choir Camp is located on the beautiful campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, located in St. Peter, Minn., 65 miles southwest of the Twin Cities on Highway 169. We offer a free shuttle to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

The camp offers a carefully supervised introduction to college life. Students live in college residence halls, eat in the nationally ranked campus-dining center, and attend sessions in college buildings. The structure, opportunities, and adult supervision available at Gustavus make it a first choice for concerned parents.

What to Bring

Thank you for enrolling in the second annual Gustavus Show Choir Camp. We are very excited to work with you and to provide you with an outstanding show choir experience in a FUN camp setting!

In order to assist with your planning, I thought it would be helpful to share some important logistical information with you. First, you are free to arrive at Gustavus anytime between 1:30p and 3:30p on Sunday, July 14. Please enter campus via College Avenue where you will find signs clearly indicating directions to the Jackson Campus Center. You will find parking lots located directly in front of the building. Please report to the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center to obtain your room key, housing assignment, and other camp materials. Once you have checked in, a camp faculty member will escort you to the dorm where you will be staying.

Our first official function will begin at 4:00p. The schedule for Sunday, July 14 will look like this:

  • 1:30-3:30p Registration and Final Payment
  • 4:00-5:30 Orientation (Alumni Hall)
  • 5:30-6:30 Dinner (Market Place in Jackson Campus Center)
  • 6:30-8:30 Vocal Session (Alumni Hall in Jackson Campus Center)
  • 8:30-9:00 Pride Time
  • 9:00-10:00 Ice Cream Social

Second, when packing, you will want to consider bringing the following:

  • Fan (we have unexpectedly outgrown the smaller, air-conditioned dorm we used last year!)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pillow(s)
  • Blanket (Sheets will be provided)
  • Toiletries
  • Towel(s)
  • Cash for snacks or a trip to the Gustavus Bookstore
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle

Camp Attire

You should plan to wear athletic or dance attire Monday through Friday of the camp. You will be highly active throughout the week and need to be able to move with comfort and freedom. Shorts, t-shirts, socks and tennis shoes are highly recommended. Tennis shoes must be worn at all times to help prevent injury. Women do not need to bring character shoes. Please note that the academic buildings used during the camp are air-conditioned and can be a bit chilly. Please plan accordingly.

Performance Attire

Men: Camp t-shirt (provided), relaxed-fitting jeans (not shorts), white socks, tennis shoes
Women: Camp t-shirt (provided), jean shorts (not jeans), short white socks, tennis shoes Without using formal costuming, the performance attire listed above will greatly enhance the visual impact of the choreography and blocking for the show. Tennis shoes should be predominantly white, if possible. Please double-check that you have the items listed above for use during our camp performance!


If you would like to bring a laptop or tablet to camp, you will have access to our wireless network, but not to a printer. Please note that it is not required to bring your laptop or tablet, as you will have access to computer labs on campus throughout the week.

Talent Show

If you would like to audition for the camp talent show, please prepare a vocal or dance selection prior to camp. A professional pianist will be provided if you need one. If you are using a karaoke-style accompaniment, please bring it on a compact disc (CD). Be sure to bring a copy of the music with you as well. Auditions will be held on Tuesday and those selected to perform will have a 20-minute coaching session on Wednesday. The talent show will be held on Thursday evening. Please plan to audition!

Third, your parent(s), family, and friends are invited to attend Saturday’s performance to be held at 1:00pm in Alumni Hall (in Jackson Campus Center). Admission is free of charge and open to everyone. In addition to the show choir performance, five outstanding performers from the talent show will be invited to perform during the final show.

Fourth, we have assigned a staff member to take high quality pictures for the week. We will load roughly 1,000 photos onto a 4GB flash drive for you to take home at the conclusion of the camp. The cost is $20. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a Pride (group) photo and camp photo featuring all staff and students. These photos will not be on the flash drive. The cost per photo is $5. These items need to be ordered at the time of registration. We will also have a “Camp Store” in the dorm featuring a Show Choir Water Bottle for $10 and snacks that you may purchase during the week.

Fifth, the full camp schedule and faculty biographies are accessible at www.gustavus.edu/camps/showchoir. We have assembled a world-class team of nationally recognized show choir clinicians. Please visit our web site to learn more about these amazing teachers who will challenge and inspire you to be your very best!

Sixth, the medical and release forms need to be completed and presented at the time of registration. Failure to complete these forms will result in your not being able to partake in the camp and loss of $100 down payment.

Seventh, your remaining tuition balance is due on Sunday, July 14 when you register on campus. Checks and cash are accepted methods of payment. However if you plan on using a credit card, there will be a standard $25 processing fee. Please plan ahead!

Needed at the time of registration:

  • final payment
  • medical and release forms
  • order for flash drive with camp photos - $20
  • order for camp group photo and Pride photo - $5 each

Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing you on July 14!


Dr. Brandon Dean
Assistant Professor of Music and Camp Director