Welcome to the CWU Jazz Camp 2013!
We have an amazing faculty, a great curriculum, a stellar facility, and a beautiful location. Take a look and you’ll find that we are the place to study jazz this summer!
Our philosophy is simple: take the student where he/she is at and give them the tools to develop their skills to the highest levels. We do this with amazing faculty that have been there and done that but who also know how to teach and inspire. Directed by Chris Bruya, renowned Director of Jazz Studies at CWU, the camp will focus on improvisation, small group playing, masterclasses on each instrument, big bands, jazz theory and arranging, and performances and demos by the faculty. Students will attend Friday evening of Jazz In The Valley, now in its 15th year and will perform on the JIV main stage to close out the camp on Saturday morning. A meal and housing plan is available and all instruction will take place inside Central’s beautiful music building.
Come join us for an amazing week of jazz! July 21-27, 2013 at CWU in Ellensburg, Washington.
Check out our faculty here:
Students entering 9th through 12th grade who play these instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drumset.
In order to balance ensembles, caps on enrollment of certain instruments may occur.
Sunday, July 21st
3:00pm Camp sign in and evaluations
5:30pm Camp General Meeting (parents invited)
7:00pm Move into dorms, get acclimated
8:00pm Evening activity
10:00pm Lights out
Monday - Friday
10:00 am Combos
3:30pm Big Bands
7:00pm Faculty presentations
8:00pm Jams, recreation
10:00pm Lights out
8:00 -11:30pm Attend Jazz In The Valley
8:00am Breakfast, move out of dorms
10-noon Perform at Jazz In The Valley (free admission)
12:00pm Parent pickup at JIV site
The CWU Jazz Camp curriculum is built on concepts and skills that are vital to understanding and performing the music at high levels. Every student will receive instruction in these five areas, regardless of ability and/or skill level.
Class sessions will focus on practical skills and time-tested concepts that will develop students within the week of the camp, giving them the inspiration, materials and pathways to continue their development long after camp has ended.
Upon sign in at the camp, all students will be given evaluation tests that will assist faculty in appropriate placement in jazz theory sessions, combos and big bands. Often students ask what skills they will need to demonstrate during these evaluations. Once students are enrolled, greater detail concerning placement tests will be sent to each student.
For jazz theory, knowledge of scales, keys, chord construction, and notation will be evaluated.
For ensemble placement, tone, intonation, jazz articulation and style, improvisation and sightreading will be evaluated.
It is possible that the faculty can make mistakes on placements and therefore some shuffling of students among ensembles and classes is possible after classes have begun.
A variety of evening activities are planned that offer options for students to choose from. These activities include, but are not limited to:
Jam sessions (led by staff)
A meal and housing plan is available through CWU Conference Services which will include Sunday dinner, breakfast-lunch-dinner Monday through Friday, and Saturday breakfast. Accommodations will be in beautiful, newly constructed residence halls adjacent to the CWU Music Building and feature rooms with double occupancy. Single rooms are available for an additional charge. Students can request roommates at the time of registration.
A commuter meal plan is available that allows for local students or those wishing to make their own housing arrangements to be at camp for the instructional day. The commuter plan includes Sunday dinner, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday.
Jazz In The Valley, now in its 15th year, is the premier summer event in Ellensburg, and features two days and 2 evenings of jazz spread among 10 local venues. JIV has always had as part of its mission to support Jazz Education and has done so through support of CWU jazz activities, artists in the Ellensburg schools and a scholarship program. This support will be expanded this year with the performance of camp ensembles on the JIV main stage Saturday morning (free admission) and JIV sponsored attendance of student campers at the Friday evening concerts.
Families of students wishing to attend Friday, Saturday or Sunday of JIV will be offered a ticket package. Tickets are very reasonable compared to other festivals of this type!
Find out more about JIV by going here: www.jazzinthevalley.com
Registration for the CWU Jazz Camp is easy with our online PDF form. Print it out and mail it in with your payment, or call the phone number listed on the form to register by phone.
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