About Us

Girls Rock! Champaign-Urbana seeks to create a culture of positive self-esteem for girls in our community. Teaching girls how to start a band, write a song, record a track, and play a gig are simply the means by which we hope to achieve this goal, as an investment in our future. Established in 2016, Girls Rock! Champaign-Urbana is member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.


Courtesey V Mullen Photography

Courtesey V Mullen Photography


Girls Rock! Champaign-Urbana’s mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music education to foster self-esteem and confidence.

We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change;
We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women;
We value positive approaches to fighting sexism;
We value integrity, honesty and respect;
We value appropriate sharing of resources, cooperation, and collaboration;
We value using our collective voice to further our mission;
We value diversity.

Through our music education programs for girls ages eight to eighteen, we are committed to educating girls about the musical, technical, and creative aspects involved in musicianship because we believe that young girls are rarely encouraged to explore self-expressive creative outlets and are less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment. We believe that rock music can be a crucial tool in allowing young women to respond to preconceived notions of what they can do and what they can become.


Governing Board

Sara Chabot

Carrie Chandler

Amy Garren

Christine Pallon

Melanie Sheckels

Olivia Tasch

Ex officio: Isaac Arms


Help Us Make 2019 Rock!

Your tax-deductible donation directly supports our programs and helps ensure that no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.


2018 Summer Camp Supporters