Our camps are designed to let you concentrate, explore and flourish as a developing jazz musician.
~ Signatory

High School Vocalists

Prerequisite: 12 months instruction
Audition for placement only

July 15 – 20, 2018  or July 22 – 27, 2018
Stanford University Campus
campus housing with meal plan available,
or commute from off-campus

Program Highlights

  • Tailored to experience and ability
  • Led by world-class jazz artists and educators

Program Focus

  • Basic Repertoire, improvisation and voice key identification
  • Phrasing, improvisation and interpretation
  • Understanding charts, arranging, band communication
  • Basic vocal and microphone technique with daily extended combo rehearsals

Jazz Camp Vocal Program

Fun introduction to jazz singing taught by Sandy Cressman, Michelle Hawkins, Angie Doctor, and a professional piano trio led by pianist Carmen Staaf. 12–17 years of age. The emphasis is split between ensemble jazz and solo jazz. Good singing fundamentals will be taught and emphasized. Audition for placement only.

Jazz Camp Vocal Program Classes and Activities:

  • Jazz theory – focuses on harmony, song forms, scales, and advanced concepts
  • Musicianship – focuses on ear training and rhythm exercises
  • Masterclass – virtuoso faculty members teach advanced techniques
  • Special presentations and demonstrations – SJW faculty relate their experiences as leading artists in jazz, perform live demonstrations, and answer questions about what it’s like to study, perform, compose, and live a life in jazz
  • Small ensembles / combos – daily rehearsals in small combos directed by faculty artists
  • Private lessons – every student receives a private lesson with SJW faculty
  • Jam sessions – fun, optional playing sessions with other students and faculty
  • Afternoon free time – relax, practice or take part in the talent show, dorm dance, ice cream social, sports, arts and crafts, and jam sessions.

Faculty