Our camps are designed to let you concentrate, explore and flourish as a developing jazz musician.
Adults and Advanced Young Singers Under 17
Prerequisite: 18 months instruction
July 30 – August 4, 2017
Stanford University Campus
stay on campus or commute from off-campus
meal plan available for minors who stay on campus
- Tailored to experience and ability
- Led by world-class jazz artists and educators
- Advanced students develop their own unique style and work on daily professional trio singing
- Master classes such as Scat Lab
- Daily theory class for vocalists
- Presentations in Latin rhythms and percussion, the business of music, creating your own book of charts, songwriting, improvising, stage presence, and more.
- Lectures with visiting national artists
- Singing with a professional trio
- Nightly jam sessions in Campbell Recital Hall
- Student performance on Thursday night
- Shed with Fred: an individual session with pianist and coach Fred Harris
- Masterclasses in improvisation, chart writing, singing fundamentals, business of music, new takes on old tunes & band communication
Jazz Institute Vocal Program
This special track of the jazz institute vocal program integrates a limited number of advanced singers into the instrumental combo program. The Jazz Institute vocal program is designed for amateur and professional-level adult singers, and for highly advanced young singers. Focused on solo jazz singing with rhythm section. A special program called “Sing Like a Horn” puts individual singers in instrumental combos, where they function just like a horn, reading arrangements, improvising solos, and blending with the other horns. All first-time participants must audition in advance.
Jazz Institute 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.