Program Overview

WHAT: 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.

WHEN:  July 14-19
Sunday, July 14, 2:30-6:30 p.m.; Monday to Thursday, July 15-18, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, July 19, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the concert at 5:30 p.m.

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. The one-week jazz camp also contains an Honors component for those that 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.
  • Check out the distinguished Mason Gross Jazz Faculty playing classic Jazz live in concert.
  • Jam On-Stage on campus and at area venues
  • Perform classic Jazz with peers and faculty
  • Work with renowned faculty, members of the world-renowned Mason Gross collegiate jazz faculty and special guests

Audition Summary

All campers, except middle school aged students, undergo Live Placement Auditions each year on Sunday, the first day of camp. Middle School students interested in more advanced placement are welcome to audition, as well.