Spartan helmet
  • $13,650 RAISED OF $20,000 GOAL
  • 11 DONORS


  • Richard Winter $2,500.00
  • Judy Winter $2,500.00
  • Anonymous $50.00
  • Kevin Fox $2,000.00
  • Claire Kahane $2,000.00
  • Lukas Hauser $100.00
  • Marilyn Hochfield $2,000.00
  • William and Teri Hull $2,000.00
  • Michael Gollust $100.00
  • Judy Winter $200.00
  • Sharon Schneider $200.00

Camp RicStar

For over 20 years, the Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp has impacted the lives of individuals with special needs – and their families – by inviting them to participate in group music therapy. The camp has provided six days of inclusive summer camp access to thousands of individuals benefitting from the emotional, physical, cognitive and social benefits of music therapy.

Camp RicStar is a new documentary feature film about the dramatic story behind a one-of-a-kind camp for people with disabilities. Camp RicStar is an affirmation of the joys of music, the power of community and the need for inclusion.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

The fund will support marketing, advertising and communication initiatives to promote MSU’s annual RicStar's Camp, a summer music therapy camp, and will support recruitment of new potential attendees and their families, as well as raising awareness to engage the community about the need for programs like this one to better support the disability community.

Funds will also support finishing costs for “Camp RicStar”, a world-class feature length documentary that tells the story of Eric Richard Winter, an exceptional young man whose life and legacy spawned the film and creation of RicStar's Camp, the MSU Community Music School-East Lansing music therapy camp. Since 2003, RicStar's Camp has provided life-changing opportunities for musical expression, movement, performance and social interaction for hundreds of special-needs individuals each year, focused on nurturing and celebrating individual abilities.

Who We Are

The Michigan State University Community Music School (CMS) in East Lansing was established in 1993 as the outreach division of the MSU College of Music. It was designed to bring music education and music therapy to individuals of all ages and abilities in the Greater Lansing community.

CMS has proven through its programming and services that music can dramatically enhance a person's quality of life. On average, CMS annually serves over 3,000 individuals within the community through classes, lessons, and ensembles, while also working with youth, adults and individuals with special needs within the Greater Lansing area through various outreach programs. 

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 24OOPCF1CRSD” in the note section.

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