NIU Jazz Camp

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July 10 - 15, 2016

Grades 8 - 12, grade completion

Early Bird Registration (Postmarked June 1 or earlier) - $545
Regular Registration (Postmarked June 2 or later) - $605

Calling All Instrumentalists!

This exciting camp is for enthusiastic jazz musicians of all skill levels who want to focus on a creative approach to improvisation and ensemble playing. This camp is jam-packed with performing, learning, and listening, and is for musicians who want to improve their understanding and performance of the jazz tradition.

Campers attend rehearsals, seminars, master classes, jam sessions, sectionals, and group classes, all taught by renowned NIU jazz faculty, alumni, and students. Concerts, optional private lessons, and recreational activities fill the evening hours. 

Campers participate in classes on jazz improvisation and jazz theory and attend instrument master classes that focus on specific techniques for performing jazz and related music. All-camp seminars include discussions on jazz styles and the business of music.


Auditions and Ensembles

Campers audition on Sunday and are assigned to a big band, a combo, or the Latin Jazz Combo. 

Campers should prepare one piece for the audition. In addition, they are encouraged to improvise a solo on blues or rhythm changes, but this is not necessary. Sight-reading is part of the audition. Audition and evaluation results will be used to assign campers to classes and ensembles. 

The combos and big bands rehearse twice a day and perform at the concert on the final day of camp.

Jazz Bands: Interpret and perform big band music from the 1930's to the present, playing the music of Basie, Ellington, Woody Herman, and others.

Jazz Combos: Play in the small group chamber setting for jazz. Explore different approaches to improvisation and arranging techniques by playing jazz standards of the jazz masters.

Latin Jazz Combo: Play in a small jazz chamber group that performs jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and various fusion styles.

Space is limited for certain instruments. We recommend early registration for this camp.

Links to the music for this year's camp can be found here!

Learn more about fees, need scholarships, discounts, housing, meals and refunds. To register, print, complete and mail or fax the registration form

This year's flier coming soon!


Check-In/Final Concert

Sunday: Check-in is on Sunday between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. First, campers and parents check into the camp residence hall, Gilbert Hall, with their luggage. Then, they bring their instruments to the nearby Music Building and pick up packets and sign up for private lessons. The camper/parent meeting begins at 2:15 p.m. in the Music Building. 

Private Lessons: Campers may elect to take private music lessons during the week at an additional cost of $30 per half hour. You may sign up for the lessons at the registration table on Sunday or in the External Programs office (Room 132 Music Building) beginning on Monday morning; you will be asked to pay either by check written to NIU (preferred) or cash when you sign up. More details will be available at registration and the orientation meeting.

Friday: The final concert is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday in the Music Building. Campers and parents will pick up campers' belongings at about 5 p.m. at the residence hall immediately after the concert.

Final Band Roster!

Note: All times are subject to change. Be sure to check the camper letter that you will receive about one month before the start of camp to confirm the information.


About the Camp Staff

Learn more about camp director Geof Bradfield and his staff