SJW In-Person Ensembles

It’s time to play!

SJW is excited to offer a return to in person music instruction!

We have two in-person jazz education programs to be held on the beautiful campus of Menlo College in Atherton, California: Combo Camp and Evening Combo Camp. All programs will be in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety requirements as these evolve (see FAQ below).

Students in SJW In-Person Ensembles will work with a single instructor and play together as a small group each day. All combos will perform for each other at the end of the week.

For all vocalists and instrumentalists
Ages 12 to adult

Prerequisite: 12 months of instrumental or vocal experience. No jazz experience required for entry-level combo placement.

SJW Combo Camp

Combo Camp is a five-day program scheduled for three hours per day, with morning or afternoon sessions. You’ll get to play in a small jazz group directed by one of SJW’s great jazz educators.

Note: Combo Camp cannot be taken in the same week concurrently as Jazz Camp Online or Jazz Institute Online. If you wish to have a live combo class during the same week you’re enrolled in Jazz Camp Online or Jazz Institute Online, please sign up for Evening Combos (more info below). You may enroll in both Combo Camp and Jazz Camp or Institute Online in separate weeks.

Who is Combo Camp for?

  • Young musicians with no jazz experience who are curious about exploring jazz.
  • School jazz band players who just can’t wait to play live in a jazz band again.
  • Any musician who wants to improve their jazz playing, at any level.

Combo Camp is all about playing! In Combo Camp, you’ll play great jazz tunes in a small group directed by one of our acclaimed faculty artists. You’ll learn tons about improvising techniques and approaches to jazz playing as you dive into each song. At the end of the week, COVID-19 protocols permitting, you’ll perform a showcase with your combo.

  • One three-hour playing session per day
  • Program times will be either 10:00 am to 1:00 p.m., or 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday though Friday
  • Location: Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027

SJW Evening Combo Camp

The Evening Combo Camp offers in-person live jazz performance and instruction to students who are enrolled in Jazz Camp Online or Jazz Institute Online. In this fun optional evening program, you’ll play in a small jazz group directed by one of SJW’s amazing jazz educators.

Evening Combo Camp sessions are 3 hours long Monday through Friday, and are held in the evenings after Jazz Camp Online and Jazz Institute Online programs.

Who is the Evening Combo Camp for?

  • Any musician enrolled in Jazz Camp Online or Jazz Institute Online who would like to add an in-person experience to their online jazz program.
  • Musicians who have never tried jazz but who have proficiency singing or on an instrument.
  • Developing young musicians who play in their school jazz bands and want to learn to improvise and solo better.
  • Advanced classical students with a strong command of their voice or instrument, but lack jazz experience.
  • Advanced jazz players who want to improve their improvisation skills while playing with a small group.

You’ll play great music, experiment with new approaches to improvisation, and learn important ensemble skills such as collaboration, phrasing, interplay, and creativity.

PROGRAM DATES AND TUITION

SJW Combo Camp

Tuition: $595 for each week

Three programs, five days long each:

July 12—16, July 19—23, and July 26—30

Two available times: 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Your placement in a group will determine which time your program meets.

Showcases will occur on the final Friday of each program. Showcase times are tentatively scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. for the morning session, and 3:30 p.m. ending at 5 p.m. for the afternoon session.

To attend for multiple weeks, register for each week separately.

Financial aid is available to deserving students aged 17 and under. You can apply for financial aid when you register online, or after you register.

SJW Evening Combo Camp

Tuition: $595 for each week

Three programs, five days long each:

July 12—16, July 19—23, and July 26—30

One three-hour session per day, with a break: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The showcase is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m., ending at 9 p.m. on the final Friday of the program.

To attend for multiple weeks, register for each week separately.

Financial aid is available to deserving students aged 17 and under. You can apply for financial aid when you register online, or after you register.

Warmup No. 1: Dorian mode. Get in shape for camp with the SJW faculty!

Warm up No. 2: Mixolydian mode. Get your tone and technique together by playing along!