Jazz Program

AGES 13-17

This program offers one week of immersion in the performance, theory, and history of jazz. We welcome students of all levels, from those whose study of jazz is just beginning to experienced improvisers. Through individual instruction from our expert faculty, students explore improvisation within the jazz idiom and examine the solos of jazz legends. Performances in combos and small ensembles improve listening skills, teamwork, and musicality; performances in large ensembles tackle big-band tunes by greats such as Count Basie and Thad Jones. Students also have the option to study the theoretical side of jazz through big-band arranging and composition classes.


In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person camps at Rocky Ridge have been cancelled. Instead we are offering a Virtual Jazz Program for the reduced cost of $375.00. Please see this document for the daily schedule. 


Fees, Faculty and Schedules



$1,150 (includes lodging and meals)




Piano usage fee for piano majors is $40.
Secondary instrument lesson fee is $75.
Bedding (optional) is $75.

All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. If you would like more information about our scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page


Applications for Summer 2021 will be available on October 1, 2020. 



Grant Larson Saxophone
Matt Fuller Guitar
Greg Harris Piano, Vibraphone
Braun Khan Double Bass, Electric Bass
Typical Daily Schedule

7:15AM: Breakfast

– Listening Group 1
– Individual Practice
– Private Lessons

– Listening Group 2
– Individual Practice
– Private Lessons

– Combo Rehearsal 1
– Improv Class

– Combo Rehearsal 2
– Improv Class

12:00PM: Lunch

12:45PM: Big Band Rehearsal

3:00PM: Break

– Music Theory
– Jazz Composition
– Arranging

5:30PM: Dinner

6:15PM: Individual Practice

7:15PM: Performance Class/Directed Jam Session

9:15PM: Return to Cabins

9:45PM: Lights out

Audition Requirements
Applications for Summer 2021 will be available on October 1, 2020. 
There is no entry audition required for the Jazz Program; however, as part of their application all students must upload video files for ensemble placement purposes and to be considered for merit scholarships.
Audition should consist of two contrasting pieces that best represent the applicant’s level and accomplishment. A jazz standard is suggested as one of these pieces but not required, and students with no prior jazz experience are encouraged to apply. Please submit video recording, audio-only recordings will not be accepted. Supported video file types are avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv.
All recordings must be uploaded as part of the online application.

Applications for Summer 2021 will be available on October 1, 2020.