Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues wanted to extend students learning about Jazz through the summer and began the JazzFest Jazz Camp in 2011. In its 9th year, JazzFest Jazz Camp continues to grow in fun and popularity.
At camp, students get to learn from incredible instructors and a guest artist through a variety of offerings. Camp class offerings include Jazz improvisation, Jazz Theory, History of Jazz, Combo Rehearsal, Big Band Rehearsal, Lessons, Concerts, Master Classes, Evening concerts with faculty, guests, and students. In addition to learning and growing their passion for music, this camp captures everything students should enjoy in the summer – fun-filled, build new friendships, and life-long memories!
A huge highlight of the camp is performing on stage at JazzFest! The top camp band will perform on the Main Stage at JazzFest. JazzFest is the biggest jazz and blues festival in the upper Midwest! Featuring past performances by Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, North Mississippi Allstars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bettye LaVette, Tower of Power, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, and much more.
When: July 16-20th 2019
Where: Sioux Falls, SD – University of Sioux Falls USF
Eligibility: All incoming 7th through completed 12th-grade musicians may apply for submission.
Registration: To register, fill out an application online. Also, please submit a recommendation by campers school band director, and tuition (which includes a $35 non-refundable deposit to be applied to your camp tuition). All campers are required to audition at camp to allow the camp director to place you in the correct ensemble for your current skill level.
Rob Parton is well known as a trumpet artist, performer, and bandleader, he is also active within the academic side of higher education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Parton was appointed Associate Professor of Trumpet at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio in the Fall of 2010. Prior to this position, Parton was a tenured Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Trumpet in Chicago. Parton is the artistic director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He has held this position since the fall of 2015.
Vocalists will learn to sing with an ensemble, combo and develop “jazz” singing skills. Special lessons will be available such as style, interpretation, vocal technique, introduction to music theory, scat singing and more. Plus, top vocalists will be featured with the jazz combos at JazzFest!
Space is limited to vocalists! Vocal applicants will have to audition before final acceptance.
Dr. Paul Schilf, Camp Director
Dr. Schilf serves as Camp Director, instructs the Brass section, and grades 9-12 jazz band ensembles. Dr. Schilf is an active guest conductor adjudicator and clinician throughout the country.
Jim McKinney, Percussion/Rhythm Section
Mr. McKinney is the Former Director of Bands at South Dakota State University. During camp, he will instruct the Rhythm section and grades 6-8 jazz band ensembles. He also plays the drums for the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Jazz Diversity Project, which tours the state of South Dakota.
Joel Shotwell, Woodwinds
Mr. Shotwell is an active saxophone player and educator will instruct the Woodwinds section during JazzFest Jazz camp. He also plays the saxophone for the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Jazz Diversity Project, which tours the state of South Dakota.
Rachael Kramer, Vocal
Ms. Kramer earned her degree in Vocal Music and K-12 Education from Augustana University in 2011. She is in her 5th year as a choral director at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. Ms. Kramer sang with the Northlanders Jazz Band at Augustana University under the direction of Dr. Schilf.
Cancellations made by June 20 will be refunded minus the $30 deposit.
Upon receiving your application, submission, and tuition, you will receive information detailing the schedule, facilities and rules and regulations. Application and enrollment imply agreement to abide by all JazzFest Jazz Camp and University of Sioux Falls rules and regulations.
Scholarship application HERE
JazzFest Jazz Camp is sponsored by University of Sioux Falls, CAPITAL Services, Conn Selmer, Inc., CorTrust Bank, Dakota Riggers & Tool Supply, Inc., MetaBank, Sammons Financial Group, South Dakota Arts Council, Popplers Music, Inc., XCEL Energy, and Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues.
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