Join us for the Summer Jazz Camp June 17-22, 2024. 

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to our campus for a fun week of learning skills concerning jazz combo performance and improvisation. 

Camp Details

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

10 a.m., Concert 

St. Mary’s University Summer Jazz Camp 

Join us for a structured week of jazz combo rehearsals, instrumental master classes, jazz improvisation and theory workshops, guided listening sessions, daily performances by members of the St. Mary’s Jazz faculty and a final concert. 

The Jazz Camp is open to middle school and high school students in grades 7-12. 

Jazz Combo Rehearsal: Students will meet as part of a jazz combo rehearsing music to prepare for an end of the week performance. Students will work with high-quality members of the St. Mary’s Jazz faculty in preparation for the concert. 

Instrumental Master Classes: Each student (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass and drums) will meet with their instrument-specific jazz faculty teacher to learn fundamentals specific to their instrument. The focus will be on advancing each student’s playing abilities in a jazz context. 

Guided Listening/Improvisation/Jazz Theory: Students will explore the basics of learning how to listen to seminal recordings within the jazz tradition and learn to improvise in a small group jazz setting. For beginner, intermediate, and advanced students, these sessions center more specifically on learning and advancing fundamentals and techniques to enhance the students’ skills concerning jazz improvisation. Jazz faculty members will also supplement each student with jazz theory material (e.g., improvisation patterns, chord voicings, etc.). 

Placement Auditions

The first day of jazz camp will include placement auditions to ensure that each student is placed in the appropriate jazz combo that affords them the best opportunity for advancing as a musician. The placement auditions are supportive and encouraging and will help our Jazz Faculty place students in jazz combos that will allow them to have the best experience at camp. Audition materials will be available at a later date. 

Camp Schedule 2024

Opening Monday, June 17

9 a.m.Welcome and Registration at Pecan Grove
9:30 a.m.Placement Auditions
11:30 a.m.Lunch
1 p.m.Jazz Faculty Performance
2:30 p.m.Jazz Combo Rehearsals (students receive folders with music)

Tuesday June 18, to Friday, June 21

9 a.m.Instrumental Master Classes
10 a.m.Jazz Combo Rehearsals
11:30 a.m.Lunch
12:45 p.m.Guided Listening/Improvisation/Jazz Theory
2 p.m.Jazz Combo Rehearsals
3:15 p.m.Jazz Faculty Performance

Saturday, June 22

10 a.m.Concert featuring the Summer Jazz Camp Combos

Camp Fee

$300 Registration
Includes camp tuition, lunch Monday through Friday, sheet music, folder, badge with name and schedule, bottled water, and jazz camp T-shirt.

Optional Fees

We officially open the jazz camp at 8 a.m. and require students to be picked up by 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. However, we can accommodate parents and guardians needing an earlier arrival and/or later pickup times. 

$30 Early Arrival: 8 to 8:45 a.m. 
$30 Late Pick-up: 4 to 5 p.m. 
Fees are a one-time total for the week.


For more information about the St. Mary’s University Summer Jazz Camp, contact Adrian Ruiz, Ph.D., Director of Jazz Studies. 

Adrian Ruiz, Ph.D. 
Director of Jazz Studies 
St. Mary’s University 
210-436-3011, Ext. 1386 

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