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The 2020 CWU-JIV Jazz Camp has been cancelled for this coming summer. Check back here soon for information about how some of our fabulous jazz camp faculty can help you work on your jazz skills without the camp. 

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!





Scholarships to the CWU/JIV Jazz Camp are being provided for 2020 by the Ellensburg Arts Commission and Jazz In The Valley, Ellensburg’s jazz festival. To find out more about these scholarships, including how to apply,
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The CWU Jazz Camp is open to enrollment for students that will be entering (fall 2021) grades 9-12 and that play these instruments: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, vibes, bass, and drum set.


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.

  • Jazz Theory and Arranging
  • Instrument Masterclass
  • Improvisation
  • Ensemble Playing
  • Jazz History


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.

Jazz Camp Schedule Overview for 2020

Monday, July 20th
Sign in, meet the faculty, placement evaluations, group activities


Tuesday, July 21st through Friday, July 24th
Masterclasses by instrument, combos and improv classes, jazz listening, big bands, faculty special-focus sessions, evening activities that can include swimming, recreation, jam sessions, video presentations, practice time.


Friday Evening, July 24th
Attend Jazz In The Valley in downtown Ellensburg.


Saturday Morning, July 25th
Perform on the Main Stage at Jazz In The Valley! Parents and friends will be admitted free

for this performance, which will finish before noon, concluding the camp for 2020.

Place​ment Evaluations

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.

In general, this is what we're checking.

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 sight-reading will be evaluated.


Evening Activiti​es

A variety of evening activities are planned that offer options for students to choose from. These activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Swimming
  • Jam sessions (led by staff)
  • Video presentations
  • Recreation and practice time

Housing and Food

A meal and housing plan is available through CWU Conference Services which includes Monday lunch and dinner, breakfast-lunch-dinner Tuesday through Friday and Saturday breakfast. Accommodations will be in beautiful, recently constructed residence halls adjacent to the McIntyre 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 off campus. The commuter plan includes Monday dinner, with lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday.

Tuition and Room/Board Rates for 2020

  • Full package, which includes tuition, double occupancy, 15 meals: $725
  • Commuter package, which includes tuition, 10 meals: $575


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