Jazz Camp | Webster University

Jazz Camp


Register for Jazz Camp

July 6-10, 2020

2016 Jazz CampWebster 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 2020 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:

Paul DeMarinis
Director of Jazz Studies
Webster University
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 Friday, July 3. 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 6, 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 10.

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 10, at 7 pm. Admission is free.

Fees and Deposits: The enrollment fee for the camp is $255. To ensure enrollment, a nonrefundable deposit of $35 must be made by Friday, July 3.

The balance of the fee ($220) is to be paid on Monday, July 6.

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.

Daily Schedule

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
1:15-2:15 p.m. Jazz Style Class
2:30-3:30 p.m. Seminars (Practice Techniques, Rhythm Section, Music Composition, Jazz History, & Latin Music)
3:45-5:00 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)



Paul DeMarinis
Jazz Camp Director
Saxophone, Improvisation and Combo

Kim Portnoy
Piano, Improvisation,

Carolbeth True

Carol Schmidt
Piano, Combos

Dave Black
Guitar, Combos

Tom Byrne
Guitar, Combos

Ric Vice
Bass, Combos

Willem Von Hombracht
Bass, Combos

Ben Wheeler
Bass, Combos

Randall Holmes

Dan Smith

Mike Karpowicz

Harvey Lockhart

James Martin

Wayne Coniglio

Kevin Gianino

Nick Savage
Drums, Combos