Rockford's Own Rock n' Roll Summer Camp!

An infamous band once proclaimed “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock n’ roll.” Well lo and behold, those Aussie chaps were correct. Let RnRI help you shorten that climb to the top!

Photo by Catalyst Design & Photography
Can you play a couple guitar chords?
Maybe a simple drum beat?
Do you like to sing in the shower?

If so, you’re ready for our camp! Show up with your instrument on Monday and by Friday night you’ll be playing on-stage in a well-oiled, powerhouse of a rock n’ roll band. Start a band Monday, play a show Friday, indeed!

Kids Camp!

The RnRI kid camp is a weeklong, daytime camp for grades 6-12th. The typical camp day begins with a Master Class taught by some of the finest musicians and music educators from the N. Illinois area. The rest of the camp day is dedicated to band practice with a band coach. On average, we have 4:1 student to staff ratio, which guarantees plenty of personalized assistance for our campers.

Together, we work hard throughout the week, and come Friday evening, we climb on the Mendelssohn stage to perform for our friends and family! Not only that, our camp provides optional performance opportunities for our campers throughout the community, throughout the summer. And the best part is, SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!

Adults Camp!

Age is just a number. We’re all young at heart, right?

For the first time, we are offering a camp for the 18+ rock n’ rollers! This is an evening camp that meets 2-3 nights per week, over a 2-week period (same 2 weeks as the kids camp), ending with a performance on the Mendelssohn stage in front of our friends and family! Not only that, our camp provides optional performance opportunities for our adult campers throughout the community, throughout the summer.

2019 Camp Dates!

Kid’s Camp – $350

We offer two, weeklong camp sessions. Choose from either, or register for both!

Week 1

June 17th – 21st

9am – 3pm

w/ concert Friday night at Mendelssohn Starr Center – 6pm

Week 2

June 24th – 28th

9am – 3pm

w/ concert Friday night at Mendelssohn Starr Center – 6pm

Adult Camp – $300

Registration gets you 7 nights of rock.
Tuesday, 6/18

6 – 9pm

Thursday, 6/20

6 – 9pm

Monday, 6/24

6 – 9pm

Tuesday, 6/25

6 – 9pm

Thursday, 6/27

6 – 9pm

Saturday, 6/29


About RnRI!

The Rock and Roll Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to use Rock and Roll music as a vehicle to educate and inspire musical youth to forge their own musical path. And with our Adult Camp, to help fulfill the Rock and Roll dreams of the kid within us all! Our camp is located on the beautiful Mendelssohn PAC campus, a longtime gem of the Rockford performing arts community.

Support Our Mission!

Gift Certificates Available!

Call or email to purchase!

Meet Our Rock n’ Roll Instructors

Since we began the Rock n’ Roll Institute in 2010, our staff has included some of the best musicians from the Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin area. Our instructors have MANY years of experience as recording artists and live performers. They are refined musicians who actively work in the local arts community as private music teachers, band coaches, music producers, and teachers, both in the schools and at the college level. Along with their extensive musical experience, many have one or more degrees under their belt. Our ever-growing staff is proud to be a part of this camp, and proud to be a part of this thriving music community!

Kevin Schwitters
Heather Camacho
Micky Rosenquist
Stu Johnson
Tony Chrisman
Zachary Taylor
Christopher Johnson

Introducing our sponsors!

We’re able to do what we do because of these people!

RnRI Non-Discriminatory Policy

Rock and Roll Institute does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Rock and Roll Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.