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Summer Jazz Institute &
Concert Band Intensive


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Summer Jazz Institute
July 7 – July 12, 2024
8:45am – 4pm daily (additional evening activities optional for commuters)
Residential: $1,250
Commuter: $750

The Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute is ideal for High School and Middle School instrumentalists (rising 7th graders through rising college freshman) interested in improving their jazz improvisation, small group, and large ensemble skills. Students engage in daily rehearsals, masterclasses, and special events with the renowned, award-winning jazz camp faculty. The one-week-long camp also contains an Honors component for those who qualify.

Commuter and residential options are available for rising 9th – rising college freshman.  Rising 7th – rising 8th graders are welcomed to participate as commuters. Daily sample itinerary can be found here.

Note: Students wishing to be considered for Jazz Honors Band are asked to submit a video demo as part of the application process. Otherwise, video submissions are not required to apply. All students are encouraged to complete a live jazz ensemble placement audition on Sunday, the first day of camp.  Though they are not required, live audition results serve to advise top ensemble placement and ranking considerations.


Concert Band Intensive
July 14 – July 19, 2024
9am – 4:30pm daily
Residential: $1,000
Commuter: $550

Wind musicians and percussionists (rising 7th — 12th graders) are challenged to elevate their artistry and technique during a week of band and chamber music training with top-notch faculty. Large ensemble rehearsals are led by Dr. Todd Nichols, Director of University Bands; and Dr. Julia Baumanis, Associate Director of Bands, at Rutgers. Group lessons, clinics, electives, master classes and performances by renowned artists round out the schedule.

Commuter and residential options are available for rising 9th – rising 12th graders.  Rising seventh and rising 8th graders are welcomed to participate as commuters.

Note: There is no formal audition for Symphonic Band. However, campers should have at least two years’ experience playing an instrument. On the first day of camp, each student will be asked to play a short excerpt of their choosing (solo, etude, band music, etc.) so that they can be placed in the group most appropriate for their level of musicianship.

Concert Band Instruments: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion