Camp Directors: Paul Hofreiter and Megan Hofreiter
Grades 8 – 12
August 3 – 7
8:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Jazz Combo Boot Camp is a great opportunity for students of all instruments to take their existing knowledge of jazz to the next level by learning to play at a higher level with their peers under the guidance of working jazz professionals. Students will learn how to play in a small jazz combo setting — something not available in most middle/high schools, which usually only offer big band formats.

Melodic, harmonic and rhythmic instrumentalists will learn their roles in a small jazz group and how to “run” the ensemble, all while playing with professional musicians who will drive them past the level at which they normally play in a fun and challenging way. In addition to group lessons based on instrument, students will enjoy specialty classes such as combo class, jazz theory and improvisation, and a short listening class that will tie directly into what they are learning at camp.

Students can better get to know one another during a mid-morning break, during which they can relax and eat a quick snack that they have brought. Jazz Combo Boot Camp will conclude with a final performance on Friday, when the students can show off all they have learned during the week.

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This is not a camp for absolute beginners—students must have some background in jazz and demonstrate proficiency on their instrument which will allow them to learn tunes quickly and with some independence.  New students to Jazz Combo Camp may be asked to take a Placement Audition to determine their readiness and/or to place them in appropriate combos.  Students who are new to jazz should sign up for Jazz Starters Camp. Students must be entering grades 8 through 12 in the fall of 2015.

Placement Audition
Any student requiring a placement audition must register first before the audition can be scheduled.  Families will be contacted to schedule an audition time with the camp director. At the audition, the student will be asked to play a prepared jazz tune that aptly demonstrates their level of playing. The audition might also include sight reading of jazz charts and some improvisation.  The camp director reserves the right to determine whether or not a student is ready for this camp based on their audition.  If the student is not ready, the deposit can be used towards a different Conservatory camp or can be fully refunded.

Jazz Combo Boot Camp will be held on the Westminster Choir College campus in Princeton Hall.

Fees   Early Bird Discount
(Register by May 15)
  $400 $375

$50 Late Fee will be added to tuition for registrations received one week prior to starting date of camp.

Fee includes assignment folder plus a Westminster Conservatory T-shirt.

A non-refundable deposit of $75 per session is due with the application. The balance of the fee is due by June 1. Registrations received after June 1 must pay in full. Cancellations after June 1 will receive a refund (less deposit, above) only if another student can be placed from a waiting list.

Refer-a-Friend Discount
Refer a friend to this camp and you both receive a discount on your Westminster Conservatory 2015 Summer Camp tuition!  More details.