Stately Oaks Music Festival

February 1 - 3, 2024 // LSU Baton Rouge Campus

The Stately Oaks Music Festival is a multi-day camp designed for high school (grades 9 – 12) and middle school (grades 7 and 8) music students. Students will participate in large ensemble rehearsals, receive a group masterclass on their instrument, and have the exciting opportunity to engage with one of the LSU concert ensembles in an interactive rehearsal. Camp participants will also attend the LSU Collage Concert, which features students and faculty of the LSU Department of Bands and LSU School of Music and perform in a final concert of their own on Saturday afternoon, which will be free and open to the public.

New for 2024, we’re excited to welcome string instrumentalists to participate in Stately Oaks for the first time!

Meet Our Guest Clinicians

Verena Moesenbichler-Bryant


Associate Professor, Duke University

steven bryant

Steven Bryant


James Thompson

James Thompson

Lassiter High School, Georgia


Camp Information

The cost for the festival is $85, which includes:

  • All rehearsals and classes
  • Concert performance in the state-of-the-art LSU Union Theater
  • Masterclass sessions or group lessons on your specific instrument
  • Attend the LSU Collage Concert
  • Some meals are included – please refer to official event schedule for more details
  • Official Stately Oaks letterman patch for high school students

An optional LSU visitor parking pass can be purchased for $15. This pass will be valid for the gravel lot at Tiger Band Hall. If you are dropping off or picking up participants only, a parking pass is not needed.

If you are unable to eat the meals provided, please plan to bring a packed meal. No special meals will be provided.

Participation in the Stately Oaks Music Festival is by invitation only, based the recommendation of your school's band director, orchestra director, or music teacher.

Step 1: Recommendations

If you are interested in participating, please contact your school's director or music instructor. Director recommendations will be accepted from November 15 to November 27, 2023.

Step 2: Selection & Registration

Invitations to register and audition will be sent directly to selected students on December 6, 2023. Payment is due by December 13, 2023

Step 3: Auditions

You will receive audition materials directly from LSU following your invitation. Audition recordings will be due to the LSU Department of Bands on January 15, 2024, with final ensemble and chair placements made shortly thereafter.

Registration fees for this event are non-refundable. Any event discount offered by Active is part of a subscription service and is not being offered through the LSU Department of Bands. Please review terms carefully. Event insurance offered through Active is not in conjunction with the LSU Department of Bands.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

6:00 p.m., Students Arrive on Campus

7:00 p.m., First Rehearsal

9:00 p.m., Rehearsal Concludes, students dismissed


Friday, February 2, 2024

8:30 a.m., Students Arrive

9:00 a.m., Rehearsal

11:30 a.m., Lunch (Provided)

12:15 p.m., Tiger Stadium Tour

1:30 p.m., Masterclass sessions

3:00 p.m., Rehearsal

6:00 p.m., Dinner (on your own)

7:00 p.m., Collage Concert

8:30 p.m., Students dismissed


Saturday, February 3, 2024

8:30 a.m., Students Arrive

9:00 a.m., Rehearsals

11:30 a.m., Lunch (Provided)

12:30 p.m., Rehearsals       

4:00 p.m., Middle School Concerts (Union)

5:00 p.m., High School Concerts (Union)

Students will be dismissed immediately following their concert.


Room Key & Directions

Select any of the buildings below to open driving and walking directions.

MDA – Music & Dramatic Arts Building

GT – Greek Theatre

SOM – School of Music Building

TBH – Tiger Band Hall

UT – Union Theater

If you are joining us from outside the Baton Rouge area, LSU has partnered with local hotels to offer dedicated accommodations for Stately Oaks participants at a special rate. For more information about these hotel options, please see below.

Please do not book your room(s) until you are officially invited to the festival. Once you are selected, you will receive an email with information on how to redeem the discounts.

If you have another preference or require different accommodations, several additional hotels are available within convenient driving distance of the LSU campus.