July 11–15, 2016
Webster University, well-known for its innovative jazz studies program and the "Jazz
at Webster" concert series, is hosting a summer jazz camp at its Webster Groves campus.
The camp is for beginning, intermediate and advanced level jazz improvisers and instrumentalists.
Music reading skills are necessary for participation in classes and ensembles.
Camp participants will work on improving their improvisational skills and their overall musicianship, and will develop a greater awareness of a variety of jazz styles. Daily master classes will provide for instrument-specific group learning with an outstanding teacher/performer. Students will attend a variety of seminars on composition, technology and more.
Applicants who will be high school freshmen in the fall of 2015 must submit a letter of recommendation from their primary music instructor in order to be admitted. Younger students must wait until they are entering the freshman year of high school to attend the camp. Please send recommendation letters to:
Director of Jazz Studies
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
In order to avoid the duplication of rhythm section instruments in any combo, registration of pianists, guitarists, bassists and drummers may close before Thursday, July 2. All registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
When and Where: The camp begins at 8:15 am on Monday, July 11, in the recital hall of the Thompson
Music Building, 8282 Big Bend (at the southeast corner of Edgar Road and Big Bend
Blvd.) The first general meeting for all camp attendees will immediately follow registration
at 9 am in the Thompson Music Building. The camp ends Friday, July 15.
Instruments: Please bring your instruments with you. If you will be playing drums, please bring your drum kit. Guitarists and bassists need to bring an amplifier. Storage will be provided. Unload all drum equipment and amplifiers at the side door of the west side of the Thompson Music Building.
Lunch: Participants may bring lunch or purchase food at the University Center on campus. Several fast food restaurants are within walking distance in the Old Orchard area of Webster Groves.
The Final Concert: A final gala concert will be given by the student ensembles Friday, July 15, at 7 pm. Admission is free.
Fees and Deposits: The enrollment fee for the camp is $235. To ensure enrollment, a nonrefundable deposit of $35 must be made by Friday, July 1.
The balance of the fee ($200) is to be paid on Monday, July 11.
The St. Louis Jazz Club provides educational material to each attendee and a limited number of scholarships to the Webster Summer Jazz Camp.
The Webster University Jazz Studies Program also provides a limited number of reduced tuition scholarships. Primary music instructors of students who may need financial assistance to attend this year's camp should contact Paul DeMarinis at 314-968-7039.
9:00-9:45 a.m. Master Classes
10:00-11:00 a.m. Combo
11:15-12:15 p.m. Music Theory Classes (two levels)
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2:30 p.m. Jazz Style Class
2:45-3:45 p.m. Seminars (Practice Techniques, Rhythm Section, Music Composition, Jazz History, & Latin Music)
4:00-5:00 p.m. Combo Rehearsals
5:00 p.m. Dismissal
7:00 p.m. Evening Concerts (Tuesday—Faculty; Friday—Student Ensembles)
(Admission is free to all concerts)
Willem Von Hombracht