Program Overview

Registration opens on October 15, 2016.
Registration closes on June 5, 2017, or whenever the conservatories reach maximum enrollment.
Applications received after June 5, 2017 will be reviewed on a case by case basis.


The Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute is ideal for young instrumentalists, ages 11–18, interested in improving their jazz improvisation, small group, and large ensemble skills. Students will work intensively in daily rehearsals with the internationally renowned, award-winning jazz faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Students will learn and perform music of great jazz artists, including Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Count Basie, and many more in a comprehensive workshop environment on the Douglass/Cook campus of Rutgers University. Opportunities for Honors placement is also available to students who qualify.

Commuter and residential options are available for students ages 14-18.  Students ages 11-13 are welcome to participate as commuters only.


  • Participate in listening sessions of classic Jazz recordings, master classes, small group and large ensemble rehearsals featuring the same music as performed by the original artists.
  • Experience Jazz at a major Jazz club in NYC!
  • Check out the distinguished Mason Gross Jazz Faculty playing classic Jazz live in concert at the 740-seat Nicholas Music Center.
  • Jam On-Stage on campus and at area venues
  • Perform classic Jazz onstage at Nicholas Music Center
  • Work with renowned faculty, members of the world-renowned Mason Gross collegiate jazz faculty and special guests

Registration Summary

  1. To get started, pre-register (no obligation) by filling out a Participant Questionnaire
  2. Submit a Video Audition (for first-time RSJI campers only)
  3. Upon notice of acceptance, proceed to register and pay for camp
  4. Prepare requirements for Live Placement Auditions on Sunday, first day of camp.

This is a one-week-long jazz camp that also contains within it an Honors component for those that qualify. Honors Placements are considered during live Placement Auditions held Sunday, the first day of camp. All campers undergo live placement auditions in order to be placed into programs and ensembles for the week. During this same audition, they also have the option to be considered for Honors placement, if they wish.

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