Howard County Recreation & Parks offers music & theater arts programs, workshops and camps year-round.

Music programs and camps include culture; drums; guitar; hand drumming; keyboard; music foundations; music production; piano and vocals. Programs are offered to students at all levels of play. Programs and camps allow students to work individually as well as part of a group to improve their skills.

Theater programs and camps range from one-day workshops to full scale productions that include lights, sound, set and props. Programs and camps allow students to work individually as well as part of a group. Students enrolled in theater programs and camps audition for parts and most, if not all students, have the opportunity to get more than one part per production.  



Music Explorers Camp

Each week, focus on a different music theme while exploring basic musicianship with keyboards and percussive instruments. Enjoy playful, educational activities (singing, dancing, basic keyboarding, notation and rhythm elements, instrument exploration, music creativity and composition, art, and literature). Family and friends are invited to a performance on Friday! $30 materials fee.

Music Performers Camp

No experienced needed! Each week, enjoy keyboarding, guitar, vocal performance, musical theater exercises, song writing, notation & rhythm and more! Bring your own guitar or contact OSM for $25 guitar rental. Family and friends are invited to an original Music Show on Friday! $30 materials fee.

Creative Songwriting at Olenka School of Music

Learn to generate and develop ideas into original compositions. Gain basic, music-building patterns and melodic themes to assist you in thinking creatively, building melodies, and writing lyrics. Prior music experience is helpful, but not required. $30 materials fee.

NEW! Soundcheck Rock Camp

No experience needed! Bring your instruments or use ours! Each week is a different music genre. Receive a full musical experience including musicianship, equipment knowledge, marketing, promotion. Enjoy morning and afternoon lessons and rehearsals, along with music crafts and games. Special live musical concert on Friday afternoon. Drummers need drum sticks.

NEW! Soundcheck Girls Rock Camp

This week, the girls take over the Soundcheck Rock Academy. Learn beginner and advanced songwriting skills, no previous experience needed. Camp encourages young, talented, singers/songwriters to apply their hard work into creating a song to perform at a special Friday afternoon concert. Our goal is to help these talented singers and songwriters fulfill their creative passions.

Learn Now Music: Ultimate Music Camp

Enjoy a variety of musical instruments and concepts including piano, guitar, violin, drums, voice and movement. Participate in musical games, crafts, musical listening excerpts and related projects. Free instrument rentals provided.


To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online


Check back soon for fall programs.


To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online


Check back soon for fall programs.

Tween & Teens

To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online


Check back soon for fall programs.


To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online

For more info: Karen Ehler, Recreation Coordinator: 410-313-4635 or KEhler@howardcountymd.gov

Full listing of current Adult Programs (18 yrs +): https://www.howardcountymd.gov/adultprograms 

Inclusion Services

Howard County Recreation and Parks strives to make programs available to all individuals with disabilities and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Inclusion Services provides a variety of supports to individuals with disabilities who choose to participate in any recreation program or class offered by the department. Inclusion accommodations may include financial assistance, accessibility, companions, additional training, medical, and interpretive services for the deaf or hearing impaired.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register for general recreation programs of their choice. Howard County Recreation and Parks Department has developed an inclusion process to better accommodate citizens with disabilities. To ensure that we meet your program needs, please call 410-313-4628 or 410-313-4708 at least two weeks before the program begins.

The Inclusion Process:
Look through the brochure and find a class or program you like.
Register for the program. Let us know what you need to participate on the registration form or when you call to the person taking the registration.
Examples may include effective communication for the deaf or hearing impaired, improved signage, activity modification, additional staff training, companions, accessible equipment and facility features, and/or individualized planning for program or class participation. 
Therapeutic Recreation Staff will contact you to discuss strategies for inclusion and to offer an opportunity to share additional accommodation information. You will be asked to complete this confidential survey to help us better serve you.
Each request is assessed on an individual case by case basis. Additional information may be needed to address the request.
Modifications or accommodations will be made as needed.

Companion Services are not guaranteed.

Come live, learn, and choose your fun!


Contact Us

To register call 410-313-7275 or Register Online.


Preschool & Youth Music: Scott Corning, Recreation Coordinator: 410-313-4622 / SCorning@howardcountymd.gov

Preschool & Youth Theater: Melissa Calleri, Recreation Supervisor: 410-313-4721 / mcalleri@howardcountymd.gov

Tween & Teen: Holly Harden, Recreation Manager: 410-313-4625 / hharden@howardcountymd.gov

Adult Classes & Theater Camps: Karen Ehler, Recreation Supervisor: 410-313-4635 / kehler@howardcountymd.gov

Music Camps: Holly Harden, Recreation Manager: 410-313-4625 / hharden@howardcountymd.gov


Financial Assistance is available by application on an individual basis. Please call 410-313-4659 for details.