Can you just re-use my medical forms from a previous camp-year?
No. Due to privacy regulations, forms from previous camp years are not retained and new forms must be submitted at all times.
Can I just bring the medical forms with us to the start of the camp-week?
No. It is not permissible to bring medical forms at the start of camp – they must be received in advance. If need be, please contact the Extension Division office to discuss deadline requirements, or other medical concerns – 848-932-8618.
What is the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute (RSJI)?
This dynamic week-long workshop features music of the great jazz masters taught by the world-class faculty of the Jazz Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Students will learn and perform the music of great jazz legends, such as Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and many more in a comprehensive workshop environment on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University.
The Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute is ideal for young musicians, 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. Advanced students will have the opportunity to perform together in specially auditioned honors jazz ensembles, and be challenged by some of the world’s leading jazz artists. Students attend professional jazz performances on-campus. Middle school students ages 11-13 are invited to participate as commuters.
- Check out the distinguished Mason Gross jazz faculty live-in-concert on campus
- Jam on campus and at area venues.
- Perform classic Jazz
- Reside in university housing or commute to campus
What are the age ranges of Jazz Institute participants?
Students ages 11-18 (those entering grade 6–rising seniors) who play an instrument used in Jazz bands are welcome to attend. Younger students ages 11-13 may join the camp only as commuters. However, 13-year-olds may stay on campus as residents by special request made by parents to the Extension Division (firstname.lastname@example.org). High School students who have just graduated immediately prior to the camp week may also attend.
Please tell me more about the programs for pre-High School participants
Pre-High School participants should have been a part of their school music program for several years. Or, students may also have a year of experience working in a community school, teacher’s studio band, or other comparable instructional setting where basic playing experience is acquired. These students will participate in ensembles appropriate to experience level and will join master classes and workshops with High School participants.
We are flexible concerning age range and placement, occasionally accepting slightly younger or older students based on the quality of their audition, and ability to benefit from participation in the camp. The average age of camp participants varies from year-to-year. Generally, age distribution is even across the range. Advanced middle school students may be accepted into ensembles with high schoolers. Dormitory stay is available to students ages 14-18. Parents of 13-year-olds may request dormitory stay by contacting the Extension Division (email@example.com).
Honors Jazz placement for advanced students.
Advanced students are given an opportunity to be placed in Honors large ensembles and/or combos. Honors acceptance decisions will be made during live Placement Auditions held on Sunday, the first day of camp, and based on demonstrated skill and/or prepared honors audition material. Refer to the “Registration & Forms” menu for details on honors audition materials, for those interested.
Please note that those placed into honors ensembles are likely to perform during the Wednesday evening Faculty Concert of camp week, and are asked to keep their schedules clear in order to do so that night.
How do I sign-up for Honors consideration?
As mentioned above, there is no signup for Honors consideration. Students interested in the Honors program must simply prepare the Honors audition material as specified, which they can perform during their live Placement auditions on Sunday, the first day of camp. Acceptance decisions for Honors are determined from there.
Can I just include the Honors material on my video audition?
No. The Honors audition material can only be considered during live placement auditions on Sunday, the first day of camp. There are specific instructions outlined for each type of audition which is not interchangeable and serves different purposes.
Is there any difference between “Advanced Placement” and “Honors Placement”?
Advanced placement simply refers to any of the top-most ensembles offered by the camp. This can include not only the Honors Band but several of the ensembles directly under it. Those with advanced placement results from their live auditions can expect to be in any one of these performance groups (availability of which is based on enrollments and student level which may vary from year to year). The Honors Band itself, however, refers to the highest level of an ensemble in these top categories.
Why are there Video AND Live auditions? Can’t I just do one of them?
ALL campers, except for Middle School aged students, undergo live Placement auditions on Sunday, the first day of camp. These auditions help determine each students’ playing level in order to place them properly in appropriate ensembles and programs for the camp week. Middle School students interested in more advanced placement are welcome to audition, as well.
Video auditions serve an entirely different purpose – they are required of new applicants during the camp registration process to determine the applicant’s eligibility for acceptance into the camp. The only other use of video auditions is for those that also wish to apply for unsolicited student aid.
Requirements for video and live auditions are separate entities and cannot be combined or substituted in any way.
Is it possible to “flunk” any of these auditions and not be included?
Video auditions, which new applicants submit as part of the initial registration process, might be the only case. Though rare, a video submission might possibly reveal an applicant is lacking the minimum skills needed to successfully participate and be eligible for camp. They would then be contacted about their inability to proceed forward with their camp registration.
It’s also possible for those preparing Honors audition materials to not be selected for the Honors program, based on demonstrated performance at their live placement audition. Outside of those instances, the live Sunday placement auditions are not used for “pass / fail” decisions, but rather serve to determine each camper’s current playing level in order to place them in appropriate ensembles and programs for the camp week.
How many students typically participate in this camp?
Where do most students attending the camp come from?
Most students come from the Greater New York-New Jersey area. However, students have attended from Belgium, Canada, Florida, Texas, and many other states in the past
How many students commute? How many reside on campus?
In past years, approximately 1/3 of students commuted to campus. Approximately 2/3 of students were residents on campus.
What is the performance level of Summer Jazz Institute participants?
We have been fortunate to attract many very high-level student performers to the Summer Jazz Institute. The most advanced of these students are participants in jazz programs in their area (including All-State Ensembles), and here at the Extension Division. Many are regular participants in competitions, and the highest level student ensembles.
The Jazz Institute also attracts students new to summer music camps, who desire a fun and productive learning environment. We are an excellent “first experience” for these students in that we are able to place students in large ensembles and/or chamber jazz ensembles with students of similar age & ability level. For this same reason, we are able to accommodate students with greater experience and more advanced performance levels along with students whose performance level is less developed.
We work to create an environment in which students are supportive of one another’s efforts and in which one can be successful at any level of advancement.
Is a list of faculty available?
Past faculty members include Conrad Herwig, Dave Miller, and Frank Lacy (trombone); Marc Stasio and Bill O’Connell (piano); Champian Fulton (piano and voice); Ralph Bowen (saxophone); Tim Hagans (trumpet); Kenny Davis (bass); Robby Ameen and Victor Lewis (drums); and Vic Juris (guitar). Most will return year-to-year. We anticipate announcing final faculty appointments for this summer in March.
What type of ensembles will students be involved with?
Typically there are several large ensembles consisting of full Big Band horn sections and rhythm sections, as well as numerous chamber-jazz combos. These smaller ensembles normally consist of 3-4 horns with a rhythm section. Ensemble sizes will vary according to enrollment. Honors ensembles are available for advanced students by audition only.
What types of equipment are students expected to bring?
This is fully outlined in this FAQ, below.
Can I safely leave my equipment at the school during the camp week?
For students staying in the residence halls during the week, there will be a provision made to have your equipment locked up for the night, as needed. The only qualifying personal items would be amplifiers and drum equipment. The Extension Division cannot take responsibility for lost and stolen personal property, however, every effort will be made to secure these items each night, in an effort to help students be better prepared for activities each day.
Can parents/family observe instruction during the Summer Jazz Institute?
Non-camp participants are not allowed to be present during instructional or other non-public events. Safety considerations mandate that the Extension Division keep strict boundaries between the public and campus events involving the instruction of minors… even if the adult attending is a parent of a student.
What events are open to Parent/Guardian observation?
The Wednesday night Jazz Faculty concert at 7 p.m. and the end-of-session student concerts on Friday starting 6:30 p.m. are open to friends, family, and the general public, free of charge. Also note that the top student ensemble(s) commonly perform at the Wednesday faculty concert as well, which parents and friends may wish to be present for.
May parents attend the opening orientation for Jazz Institute students?
No, this orientation is for the students alone and begins a process of building community within the camp focusing on matters of student, faculty, and staff interaction.
Students should always keep in mind that they will be moving around throughout each day from rehearsal spaces to clinics and other venues, and will need to keep track of their gear and belongings. Therefore, for daytime activities, it is best to plan to “travel light” as much as possible. Depending on the instrument or gear, a small folding cart is a good option to consider.
Students should mark their names on all belongings.
Students do not need to bring music stands.
Please note that the Rutgers Summer Jazz program cannot provide instruments or instrument supplies and accessories (such as reeds, strings, patch cords, cymbals, or amplifiers) except as noted below. Each student must adequately prepare for the camp week with needed gear and supplies. Also note, that Rutgers University cannot take responsibility for personal gear in any way. The items below are in addition to non-musical items for camp, such as for dorm residents, for instance, that campers are told to bring.
The following is a breakdown of exactly what each instrumentalist is expected to have with them for the week:
Trumpet Case or Trumpet Bag
Fold-up Trumpet Stand
Mutes (two if possible), such as a Straight and Harmon mute
Trombone Case or Trombone Bag
Fold-up Trombone Stand
Mutes (two if possible), such as a Straight and Bucket mute
Sax Case or Sax Bag
Fold-up Saxophone Stand(s)
Smaller Doubles (optional – not required), such as flute or clarinet
Supply of Reeds
Pianos are provided by the school in all rehearsal and performance spaces.
Please note: piano students are not to attempt to bring portable keyboard gear with them to daytime activities. Dorm residents may opt to keep such gear in their dorm rooms at their own risk. Rutgers University cannot accept responsibility for personal equipment.
Guitar Case or Guitar Bag
Fold-up Guitar Stand
Small portable Amplifier (not too big or heavy – you’ll be carrying this around!)
6-10 foot Electric Extension Cord
Small fold-up cart for Amp/Gear
At least two (2) Patch Cables
Extra set of strings
Guitar tuner (suggested)
Note: the type of guitar can be any solid-body or hollow-body with built-in pickups. It is not recommended to use an acoustic guitar with an add-on type pickup. Also note that the summer jazz program does not supply Amplifiers. Campers must bring their own.
Also Note: amplifiers are available in the live audition rooms. Guitarists do not need to bring an amp for the Sunday live auditions unless they wish to. This is the only exception.
Bass (Electric or Upright)
Bass Case or Bass Bag
Fold-up Electric-Bass Stand
Small portable Amplifier (not too big or heavy – you’ll be carrying this around!)
6-10 foot Electric Extension Cord
Small fold-up cart for Amp/Gear
At least two (2) Patch Cables
Extra set of strings
Bass tuner (suggested)
Note: any electric or upright bass is acceptable. Upright bassists may also wish to bring a bow, as well. Also note that the summer jazz program does not supply Amplifiers. Campers must bring their own.
Also Note: amplifiers are available in the live audition rooms. Bassists do not need to bring an amp for the Sunday live auditions unless they wish to. This is the only exception.
All cymbals: ride, crash, and hi-hats
Cymbal Bag and Stick Bag (or a combined bag)
Sticks, Brushes (bring extras)
Note: Basic drum hardware (stands, pedals, heads, snare, throne, etc) is provided by the school in each rehearsal and performance space. However, the items listed above are not supplied by the jazz program and must be brought in by each student. Drum students are not required to, and should not bring any additional items outside of this list.
A single set of Vibes are available from the school, otherwise, Vibraphonists may bring their own set for the camp week. Questions? Please contact Professor Stasio: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are camp activities held?
All camp activities are held on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University. Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building are where the majority of camp activities are held. View building location and find directions here.
Will my child be safe on campus?
Yes. We take great care to supervise buildings, surrounding areas, and all activities utilizing Extension Division staff and counselors.
Are college classes in session during the Jazz Institute?
Yes. Camp participants and collegiate students may pass by one another occasionally. However, our camp events are distinct from all collegiate activity. Interaction between Rutgers student population and our camp guests is extremely minimal.
Are dormitories nearby the instructional facilities?
Dormitories are a 10-minute walk from the Nicholas Music Center, where most Jazz Institute activities are held. The Neilson Dining Hall is midway along the walking path between dormitories and the Nicholas Music Center. Residential students need only walk to/from the dormitories once daily (morning and evening) as lunch is catered onsite at the Nicholas Music Center.
What meals are served to RSJI participants?
All students (residents and commuting students), faculty, and staff eat lunch together onsite at the Nicholas Music Center. Lunches are catered by University Dining Services.
Residential students eat breakfast and dinner at the Neilson Dining Hall, nearby the dormitories and the Nicholas Music Center.
Are meals included in tuition?
Commuting student tuition includes lunch only; this includes Middle School Program participants. Residential student tuition includes all meals.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Meeting the needs of the Rutgers University community year-round, University Dining Services is able to accommodate most, if not all, special dietary needs. Students with special dietary needs may contact University Dining Services in advance of the RSJI.
How do I Contact University Dining Services?
Please visit the Dietary Needs page on the Mason Gross website for more information regarding the University Dining Services, which can be accessed here. If you need to contact someone at University Dining Services, please contact Peggy Policastro at email@example.com.
Are directions or campus maps available?
You can find directions and campus maps here. Our address is:
Are dormitories air conditioned?
Are window A/C units permitted?
No. Rutgers does not allow window units to be installed for personal use.
Can my child reside in the dorm if s/he is entering High School this fall as a freshman (9th grade)?
This is mostly age-related. So, if your child is 14 years old by the camp week, they may register to reside in the dorms. 13-year-olds may stay on campus as residents by special request made by parents to the Extension Division. Please contact the Extension Division if you have further questions regarding ages and dorm residence (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Where will my child stay on campus?
Students of Extension Division Summer Camps will reside in Perry Residence Hall or Voorhees Residence Hall located on the Cook/Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Hall assignments are typically made in March. Both are traditional residence halls. Map & directions can be found here: Perry Hall | Voorhees Hall.
All residents are bound to follow Rutgers University’s Student Policies for Dormitory Life, which can be found here.
Both halls are located near the Cook Campus Center, the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center, and are a five-minute walk from Neilson Dining Hall.
Who will be looking after my child?
A minimum of six adult counselors will reside in the dormitories with students to ensure supervision of evening activities and social time and to keep students on schedule – morning, noon, and night! Counselors also provide supervision during non-class/rehearsal periods during the daytime.
Can my child have guests in their room?
Residents are not permitted to have guests in their rooms or in the dormitories. Please note: parents are not allowed inside the dormitories except at the time of move-in.
Can my child bring a cell phone?
Students are encouraged to have cell phones. Student cell phone numbers will be requested in attached forms. Cell phones should be on vibrate or silenced altogether during rehearsal periods.
Who can I contact if I have any more questions?
If you have any more questions regarding residence life or the Rutgers campus, please call (848) 932-9363 or e-mail email@example.com. If you have any questions regarding security or public safety, please find that contact information here.
Is a schedule of activities available?
Yes, our latest camp itinerary is posted online here. A schedule overview is also provided on the Program Overview page.
How are instructors selected?
Faculty members are selected based on their outstanding accomplishment as educators and/or performers, and their demonstrated ability to work effectively with pre-college students. We do favor Mason Gross faculty, as well as teaching artists who have a strong connection to Mason Gross School of the Arts (i.e. alumni).
How are students assessed for proper placement into appropriate ensembles and classes?
All camp participants, except for Middle School aged students, complete a live placement audition on Sunday, the first day of camp. These audition results determine the students’ demonstrated level and placement into ensembles and classes for the week. Middle School students interested in more advanced placement are welcome to audition, as well. This may also include consideration for Honors band placements. These live auditions are not to be confused with pre-registration video auditions. Videos are normally used to screen eligibility for the camp program in general, and also required for students seeking merit scholarships. Refer to the “Registration & Forms” page for more details on live placement auditions.
How are Middle School students assessed without a live Placement Audition?
Middle School aged students are not required to undergo live Placement Auditions unless they wish to be considered for more advanced placement. They are otherwise grouped into a “Jazz Elements” curriculum specially designed to introduce fundamentals to beginning students in jazz. These campers take part in ensembles appropriate to their observed level throughout the week in a comfortable, fun, and supportive environment.
Is private instruction available?
We do not offer private instruction during the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute. Students requiring assistance in learning parts or working out ensemble challenges will find help during scheduled instructional sessions, or by special arrangement with staff who are available to assist in aiding the student’s learning process.
How do you motivate my child?
Motivation comes from students who are excited to attend camp inspiring one another; faculty who are well prepared and fully engaged in their work; repertoire that inspires developing artists; and a learning environment that is conducive to student achievement.
How can Mason Gross Summer camps help in college preparation?
Students learning from collegiate faculty and outstanding professionals engaged in successful musical careers come into contact with standards of excellence found at a premiere arts conservatory – the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Additionally, Mason Gross Admissions typically presents a workshop on college admissions that will help students in their preparation for college, as music students, and generally.
Will students have free time for activities?
Honestly, not very much! Our intention is to build an exciting, intense week of jazz training that will inspire students for the year to come. We do plan fun social events, but our primary focus in on providing excellent musical experiences for our students.
Do I register or audition for the Jazz Institute?
All students must begin their registration process by completing the Participant Questionnaire. Students who are prior participants of the Jazz Institute will not be required to submit a video audition.
Who must video audition for the Jazz Institute?
All new students must submit a video audition, as well as all students (returning students included) who are applying for unsolicited merit-based scholarships. These students are encouraged to ask their current band director to write a letter of support and send to Professor Marc Stasio, Assistant Music Director of the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute.
The vast majority will audition via YouTube (or another video host) video. In some cases, a faculty member will know a student’s performance level in which case s/he may email a recommendation for acceptance to Professor Marc Stasio, Assistant Director of the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute.
Who does not have to submit a Video Audition for the Summer Jazz Institute?
Returning RSJI participants who are not applying for financial aid DO NOT need to supply a video audition. New students who have performed for Summer Jazz Institute Camp faculty in-person may also not need to video audition for the RSJI.
Middle School age students DO NOT need to submit a video audition.
Those responding to solicited Scholarship promotions from the camp program do not need an audition video.
We do not offer custom in-person audition dates or appointments that take the place of video auditions. Students who have performed for faculty are typically past participants or private students of that faculty member. The RSJI faculty member who heard the audition must email his/her recommendation for acceptance to Mr. Marc Stasio, Assistant Director of the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute.
PLEASE NOTE: All campers, except Middle School aged students, undergo live Placement Auditions on Sunday, the first day of camp, which is not related to, or in place of, Video Auditions.
My child was awarded a scholarship by a Rutgers jazz faculty member as part of a festival performance. Must we still audition or submit a video? Because this award was based on a performance heard directly by the jazz faculty, an audition is NOT necessary as that requirement has been fulfilled in this case.
Describe the video audition process.
Our registration and video audition processes are described here.
When does registration begin?
December 15th, the previous year of a scheduled camp
How do I register?
All registration is online. Please visit the Registration & Forms page for more information.
Can I register over the phone?
No. We only accept registrations online.
How do I pay for camp?
Payment is made online via our secure registration system.
- You will set up a username and password to access your registration account.
- Please complete online forms as prompted.
- Pay a portion of your balance due, or pay for the entire camp at once. Payment plans are available and may be set up at the time of registration.
- Please note: Auto billing is required of all camp participants utilizing payment plans. You may pay off your balance due at once or in stages at any time prior to the final payment plan installment date.
- Any balance which remains will be auto-billed on the date of the final payment plan installment.
- Billing questions? Please contact the Mason Gross Extension Division office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 848-932-8618.
How can I pay my balance due?
You can either return to your online registration account and complete payment via credit card, in person via check or cash, or by mail via check.
Please make all checks payable to “Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey”
Please be certain to identify your child’s name and the camp/institute your child will attend. A $25 fee will be assessed for any returned check. Our mailing address is:
Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute
85 George Street
Are payment plans available?
For information regarding payment procedures and payment plans for summer programs, please visit the “Payment Procedures” section of our summer program policies page, which can be found here.
Is financing available?
Yes. The Rutgers Federal Credit Union has financing options available for continuing education and summer programs! If financing or cost is an issue, we urge you to fill out the Rutgers Federal Credit Union Continuing Education Loan application.
Are there any discounts for Rutgers faculty or staff?
Yes, Rutgers Faculty & Staff are eligible for a 10% discount. This discount may not be combined with other offers.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available thanks to the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and artistic merit.
How do I apply for an unsolicited merit scholarship?
All unsolicited scholarship applicants – including returning students – must submit a new, current audition video featuring the repertoire as described for Video Submissions. The video must clearly demonstrate the applicants’ current level of performance. A letter of support from the applicant’s band director (though not required) will be considered in making scholarship determinations as well. Please apply for a merit scholarship here.
What is the application deadline?
June 15th of the given camp year. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as space may still be available after the 5th.
Are airfare and other travel costs included in the tuition?
No, participants are responsible for their own transport costs.
Are recommendations for transport from area airports to campus available?
Yes. Please click here for a listing of available area transportation.
Can you recommend area housing options?
We recommend the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center (walking distance to campus; free bus service to downtown New Brunswick), and the East Brunswick Hilton (requires transportation to campus).
What time and where is drop off for commuters the first day of the RSJI (Sunday)?
3 p.m. at Bettenbender Plaza, Nicholas Music Center
What time and where is pick up for commuters the first day of the RSJI (Sunday)?
6–6:30 p.m. at Bettenbender Plaza, Nicholas Music Center
What time and where is drop off Monday – Friday during camp?
8:45 a.m. at Bettenbender Plaza, Nicholas Music Center
What time and where is pick up Monday – Friday during camp?
On Monday, pick up is at 4:45 p.m. at Bettenbender Plaza, Nicholas Music Center.
From Tuesday–Thursday, pick up is at 5:15 p.m. at Bettenbender Plaza, Nicholas Music Center.
On Friday, pick up is at 3 p.m. at Bettenbender Plaza, Nicholas Music Center. Commuters should return to campus for a 5:45 p.m. concert call at the Nicholas Music Center.
My child wishes to drive to campus. Is this allowed?
Is parking available?
Yes, a parking pass is available for commuters. Please contact our office for more information – 848-932-8618.
What are your policies regarding social media?
Students may use social media during recreational times only. Faculty and staff are prohibited from interacting with students using social media during camp. Social media used to bully or denigrate other participants will be dealt with under our bullying policy.
What are your policies regarding cell phone use?
Students may use cell phones in-between instructional sessions and during instructional sessions in the event of emergency only. Cell phones must be silenced during instructional sessions.
The Extension Division reserves the right to dismiss any student for inappropriate behavior. Students are provided with clear guidelines for behavior during an orientation session at the start of each camp session. Refunds will not be provided to any students dismissed from camp for inappropriate behavior. Examples of inappropriate behavior that may result in dismissal:
- Drinking alcohol or being in possession of alcohol
- Use of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs or unapproved use of prescribed medication
- Failure to obey Extension Division policies and procedures
- Abusive behavior towards camp faculty and staff
- Vandalism of university facilities or property
In most cases, students are informed of behavioral issues detected by camp faculty and/or staff and given the opportunity to modify their behavior while continuing in the camp. The Extension reserves the right to dismiss students without warning in cases of egregious breach of policies and/or procedures, or in cases where the safety/well-being of other campers is threatened. Parents of minors will be informed of any pending disciplinary action.
Participant waiver & photo release form
A participant waiver that includes a photo release form and a waiver of liability is included in the registration process.
Will my child be able to bring a laptop or other electronic device to camp?
Personal computers may be used during free time. Students will be supplied with a password to connect to RU Wireless.
Is it possible for my child to leave campus during the week?
Yes, but only by special arrangement with the Extension Division Director, Christopher Kenniff. Student’s whose parent(s) have not formally notified Christopher Kenniff of need to dismiss will not be permitted to leave the building early.
I have specific questions not addressed in this FAQ document. Can I speak with someone?
Yes! Please e-mail us your name, phone number, the best time to reach you, and your question(s). In the subject line of your email, please indicate the following your name, the name of the camp, and your question.
We will contact you with the answer to your question at the next available opportunity.
Call us at 848-932-8618. Please note that the best way for us to put you in touch with someone who can answer your question is to email us first and let us then contact you via phone.