Pre-Arrival Information

What you need to know to be prepared for arrival on campus.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

  • Make any final payments if you have a balance due.
  • Complete the ISYM Medical Form and submit via the secure upload (form and upload link to be published in late spring).
  • For students with any food allergies, intolerances or special dietary needs, be sure to submit the Food Allergies, Intolerances & Dietary Accommodations Form to Dining Services (Optional).
  • Prepare your audition. Audition material is linked on the bottom of the program page for each program.
  • Mark your calendar for the final concert.

What To Bring

Recommended Packing List

 Folding music stand (Instrumentalists)
 Alarm clock
 Bathrobe
 Shower shoes (flip flops)
 Shower caddy for soap, shampoo, conditioner etc.
 Extra blanket, pillows or comforter (It can be cold in the dorms!)
 White dress shirt for concert
 Black concert pants/skirt
 Dark concert shoes and socks
 Swimsuit (optional)
 Sweatshirt
 Umbrella
 Rolling luggage cart/shoulder strap for larger instruments
 Backpack or side bag
 Comfortable walking shoes
 1 Dressy outfit for evening concert
 Spending Money (no more than $8-10 dollars per day is needed)
 Card games, small board games for free-time
 Cell phone and charger
 Extra reeds, valve/slide oil, mutes, strings, rosin
 Pencils
 Necessary daily medications

Final Concert Dress

For Choir, Band, Orchestra and Jazz participants: Black dress pants (no jeans) or skirt (knee length or longer); white dress shirt. Dark dress shoes and socks are required (no tennis shoes, please). Pre-college participants should bring appropriate dress clothing for the final concert.

Everyday Clothing

Bring casual yet appropriate clothing for rehearsals and campus activities; suitable attire for RAINY and COLD weather; we suggest bringing at least one dress shirt, pants/dresses for the evening recitals. (Please do not wear jeans or tennis shoes to these events.) Students are strongly encouraged to bring an umbrella as well as sweaters or jackets for rehearsals; AC is COLD on campus! Comfortable walking shoes are also highly recommended.

DO NOT BRING: expensive jewelry, cooking appliances, or excessive spending money ($8-10 in cash per day is a reasonable amount to budget). Students will be able to store money and other valuable items in their locked closet. The University and ISYM are not liable for theft, loss, damage or destruction of personal property.

Participants may not bring or operate any “wheeled” vehicles (including but not limited to skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades, etc.). Participants must travel on campus by foot during ISYM.

Residents are responsible for keeping their room door locked. ISYM is not responsible for loss of or damage to property, induced accident or injury, costs of improper use of fire alarms and any other expense incurred by the participant while attending ISYM.

ISYM reserves the right to withhold privileges and/or dismiss any participant at any time for any of the following reasons: possession or use of alcohol or illicit drugs, unacceptable dress, vulgar or discriminatory language or improper conduct.


  • Please be sure that your instrument is in excellent condition before you arrive.
  • Bring pencils and a collapsible music stand with your name clearly marked on it.
  • We suggest that students with larger instruments bring a shoulder-strapped case or a small folding two-wheel dolly to transport instruments to and from the rehearsal and concert sites. For very large instruments (euphonium, tuba, string bass, and bari sax), ISYM will provide transportation to the different locations on campus.
  • REED players should bring extra reeds.
  • BRASS players should bring standard mutes and valve or slide oil.
  • STRING players should bring extra strings, mute, and rosin. Cello and double bass players should bring an end pin rest.
  • PERCUSSIONISTS must bring sticks and mallets (for snare drum, mallet keyboards and timpani), practice pad and stand, pitch pipe (or tuning fork) and a small stick tray towel. Students in the Percussion Week program do not need to bring a folding music stand.
  • JAZZ and ROCK PROGRAM DRUMMERS must bring cymbals, sticks and carpet to go underneath. (Drum sets are provided by ISYM in rehearsal spaces).
  • GUITAR AND ELECTRIC BASS players must bring a practice amp for daily rehearsal use and any necessary cords. An amp will be provided for the final concert.
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