Summer Jazz Camp

jazz camp

 Now in it's 24th year, the U of M SummerJazz Camp - an exceptional music experience

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August 13-19, 2017

Click here to download the Jazz Camp registration form

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in enhancing their jazz performance skills. Junior and senior high students, university students, jazz musicians and music educators are all encouraged to attend.

The camp will strive to achieve an instructor/student ratio of 1:10 to ensure a personalized experience for every participant.

What will I do?

Instrumentalists will be placed in small ensembles of 6-10 students for the week. Click here to view the Jazz Camp schedule (subject to change).

Each ensemble will work with a coach on the fundamental elements of jazz music, including:

  • rhythmic interaction
  • dynamic interplay
  • call-and-response
  • improvisation
  • music theory

Instrumentalists will develop improvisation techniques, while building their jazz repertoire and performance skills.

Instrumentalists will also participate in group lessons with a faculty member.

Click here to view the Jazz Camp schedule

How do vocalists participate?

Vocalists will take part in a 5 day workshop headed up by jazz vocal instructor, Anna-Lisa Kirby. This workshop is designed for singers of all ages and levels who want to work on their vocal solo performance skills in a supportive, interactive and fun learning environment. The workshop will focus on: communicating with a rhythm section, jazz phrasing, jazz vocal improvisation, basic jazz theory, jazz repertoire and vocal development.

Each vocalist will be assigned two jazz standards and will sing everyday with a rhythm section consisting of students from the Desautels Faculty of Music Jazz Studies program. Vocalists will also learn from observing each other working with the rhythm section. The week will culminate with a student performance on Saturday August 19.

Why do I have to audition?

The purpose of the audition is to place students in ensembles with others of similar ability.

Auditions date & time TBA in Taché Hall (136 Dafoe Road). 

  • Students should prepare two contrasting pieces that demonstrate their technical ability and lyrical playing.
  • Students will also be asked to improvise on a Blues in Bb or to a CD/MP3 track of their choosing.
  • Drummers will be asked to play Latin, Swing and Rock beats, as well as fills.

(scheduling and times and dates are subject to updates)


Three $150.00 scholarships will be awarded at the Brandon Jazz Festival. Scholarships are to be used toward tuition for Jazz Camp 2017.