Central Music Institute, otherwise known as CMI, is the most advanced of The Salvation Army's summer music camps. It allows students (minimum age 13) to apply what they have learned from regional camps and conservatories in a stimulating environment. It is held at The Salvation Army's Camp Wonderland, near Chicago, IL, in August of each year.

This camp caters to all learning levels, from advanced musicians to those just beginning the journey. The institute is designed to enhance students' musical abilities and help them discover ways to use their talents to further the Kingdom of God. CMI offers the opportunity to have fun, fellowship, grow and learn in an exciting Christian environment. Also included in the curriculum are advanced studies in theory, instrumental, vocal, drama, dance, Bible, media and all related worship arts.


CMI 2017

Central Music Institute takes place from August 3 - 13, 2017


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Elective Track Descriptions

Praise Band Track – CMI Praise Band track is a concentrated course of study for students who would like to develop their musical skills within the context of a contemporary worship group. Instructional time will be divided between preparation for leading worship as an ensemble and reinforcing individual musical technique in sectionals.

  • Praise Band Track is available for CMI campers ages 16 & older or any camper who has passed the theory exam.
  • Praise Band Track is a three period class with sectionals meeting from 9:00 – 9:40 and ensemble rehearsals taking place from 9:45 – 11:30 AM each instructional day.
  • Praise Band auditions will take place on-site during CMI registration day

Drama Track – CMI Drama track is a concentrated course of study for students who would like to develop their theatrical skills as an expression of worship. Instructional time will be dedicated to reinforcing technique and preparing for performance.

  • Drama Track is available for CMI campers ages 16 & older or any camper who has passed the theory exam.
  • Drama Track is a two-period class meeting from 9:45 – 11:30 AM each instructional day
  • Drama track auditions will take place on-site during CMI registration day. Participation will be limited to 10 actors.
  • Students interested in auditioning for Drama Track should download and prepare the drama audition materials from the CMI website. (cmitheplacetobe.org)  

Dance Track – CMI Dance track is a concentrated course of study for students who would like to develop their dance/movement skills as an expression of worship. Instructional time will be dedicated to reinforcing technique in varied styles including lyrical, interpretative and contemporary and preparing for performance.

  • Dance Track is available for CMI campers ages 16 & older or any camper who has passed the theory exam.
  • Dance Track is a two-period class meeting from 9:45 – 11:30 AM each instructional day
  • Movement auditions will take place onsite during CMI registration day.

Music Leadership Track – CMI Music Leadership track is a concentrated course of study for students who would like to develop their music leadership skills.  The first period will be an instructional time dedicated to reinforcing basic leadership concepts, a variety of topics in the area of brass/vocal teaching and training.  The second-period students will have the option of taking beginning/advanced instrumental conducting or singing company leadership.

  • Music Leadership Track is available for CMI campers ages 16 & older or any camper who has passed the theory exam.
  • Music Leadership Track is a two-period class meeting from 9:45 – 11:30 AM each instructional  day 

Media Production Track – CMI Media Production Track is a concentrated course of study for students who would like to develop their multimedia production skills as an expression of worship. Instructional time will be divided between developing creative ideas, learning technical skills and then putting them into practice to produce CMI-tv.

  • Media Production Track is available for CMI campers ages 16 & older or any camper who has passed the theory exam.
  • Media Production Track is a two-period class meeting from 9:45 – 11:30 AM each instructional day.
  • Some filming and production work may take place during student free time.
  • Interviews for Media Production Track will take place on-site during CMI registration day.