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Camp Date

  • June 11 - 17, 2023
  • Overnight Campers (tuition, housing, meals) $TBA
  • Day Campers (tuition only) $TBA
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Camp Features

Building On A Strong Foundation
From 8am-5pm, campers will play in a Big Band, a small combo, and sectionals, as well as participate in masterclasses focused on the dynamics and fundamentals of instrumental jazz music.  Classes will highlight topics such as improvisation, technique, effective practicing and jazz history. A personalized class schedule will be created just for you based on a placement audition at check-in.

Performance Opportunities
Campers will perform in two final performances in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall:  a combos concert on Friday evening at 7:00pm, and a Big Bands concert on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm.  Families are welcome to attend both performances.

Evening Activities
Activities are planned for each evening. Attend faculty concerts, play at jam sessions, see an Imax Movie, and more!  There will also be opportunities to interact with our outstanding Music Admissions team.

Be A Summer Seminole
Spend time on the FSU Campus and experience what it’s like to be a Nole.  Learn more about dorm rooms, dining, medical care, and everything in between on our Camp Life page.

Camp Details

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Eligibility

Campers must be attending grades 8 – 12 in the ’22-’23 school year. (Rising 8th graders during summer 2023 are not eligible).

All ability levels are welcome, but campers should have at least 6 months of school instruction or equivalent on an instrument.

No audition is required to register but there will be a placement audition at camp check-in to determine your Big Band and Combo assignment.

Sorry, we do not accept clarinet, flute, or vocal jazz at this camp.

OVERNIGHT CAMPER Price & Payment Details

Overnight Campers: $TBA which includes

  • a non-refundable deposit of $100.00
  • tuition
  • housing
  • three meals per day (meals begin with dinner on check-in day and end with lunch on check-out day)
  • a digital download audio recording of the final performances.

Families can choose to pay in full when registering OR pay just the $100.00 non-refundable deposit and then enroll in a payment plan for the balance. Payment plans require a monthly auto-draft and must be paid in full by May 26. Campers registering after May 26 must pay in full at the time of registration.

Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Scholarship and other third-party payments can be accepted.  Please contact our office if you need assistance with having a scholarship or school booster check applied to your account.

Campers who plan to attend another camp the following week may wish to stay overnight in the dorm on the night of June 18. The cost for the night of housing between the two camp weeks is $50.00.  You also have the option to check-out from the first camp and then check back in for the second week.  Read more about Extra Nights of Housing.

DAY CAMPER Price & Payment Details

Overnight Campers: $TBA which includes

  • a non-refundable deposit of $100.00
  • tuition
  • a digital download audio recording of the final performances.

Meal plans are available as optional add-on purchases.  (Meal plans are non-refundable once purchased):

Families can choose to pay in full when registering OR pay just the $100.00 non-refundable deposit and then enroll in a payment plan for the balance. Payment plans require a monthly auto-draft and must be paid in full by May 26. Campers registering after May 26 must pay in full at the time of registration.

Click here for the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Scholarship and other third-party payments can be accepted.  Please contact our office if you need assistance with having a scholarship or school booster check applied to your account.

Discounts

All-State Discount:

A $50.00 All-State Discount is available for this camp.   To qualify you must have be:

  1. Selected for a Florida All-State Ensemble on the same instrument that you will be playing at camp
  2. Attended the conference as a performer in Tampa, FL in January

Use the code: 23FMEA50 during check out to get the discount.  Please note that we verify all discounts against the event concert programs.  If we are unable to verify your participation, the discount may be removed.

Registration, Forms, and Wait Lists

REGISTRATION

Registration is done online and opens on January 9, 2023.  You will be able to register for multiple camps/sessions at the same time. A parent/guardian is required to complete the registration.

Only the tuition (day-camper) price will show when you begin to register.  The registration form will ask you if you want to be an overnight camper, and when you answer “yes” it will automatically add the housing and meals to your cart.

Families can choose to pay in full when registering OR pay just the $100.00 non-refundable deposit and then enroll in a payment plan for the balance. Payment plans require a monthly auto-draft and must be paid in full by May 26. Campers registering after May 26 must pay in full at the time of registration.

Click here for the Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

POST-REGISTRATION CAMPER FORMS

Once you have paid the deposit and receive a registration confirmation, you will be able to fill out your required camper forms. These forms include a medical information form (no physical required), consent forms, and more.  These forms should be completed as soon as possible, but are due no later than one month prior to the start of your camp.

WAIT LISTS

If there is a wait list for your instrument part when you attempt to register, you can opt to be placed on the wait list. No deposit is required to be placed on the wait list. If a spot becomes available then we will notify you by phone or email to offer you the spot.  At that time you will have 48 hours to register, or to pass on the spot.

Add-Ons

Private Lessons:

Optional private lessons are available at this camp and can be booked at camp check-in based on availability. Lessons are $50.00 per 50-minute lesson. Lesson payments are made directly to lesson teachers.

Optional Add-Ons:

There are several add-on options available during the registration process.  You can add any of these options to your registration during the initial registration process, or anytime up to two-weeks before the start of your camp.

  • Overnight Campers:  Extra Nights of Housing in the dorm:  $TBA.  Learn more
  • Overnight Campers: Shuttle Service: $TBA. Learn more
  • Day Camper Lunch Package**:  $TBA.  Learn more
  • Day Camper Dinner Package**:  $TBA. Learn more
  • Day Camper Parking Passes**: $TBA. Learn more

**Lunch packages, dinner packages, and parking passes are non-refundable once purchased**

Multiple Camp Sessions

We would love for you to attend multiple camp sessions!

Campers who plan to attend another camp the week after Jazz Ensemble Camp have the choice to stay overnight in the dorm on the night in between ($50.00) or to check-out on Saturday and then check back in for the second week on Sunday.

Though you are not guaranteed to have the same room during all sessions, we try to keep you in the same room if possible.  If you are required to switch rooms, then counselors will be available to assist moving your belongings.

You can sign-up for an extra night during the initial registration process, or anytime up to two-weeks before the start of your camp.

Read more about Extra Nights of Housing.

Check-In, Check-Out and Performances

Check-in takes place on June 11 between 1pm-3pm.  When you register, you will be asked to select an arrival time slot.

There will be a performance on Friday, June 16 at 7:00pm featuring the campers in their Small Combo.

There will be a performance on Saturday, June 17 at 1:00pm featuring the campers in their Big Band.

Check-out takes place on June 17 following the Big Band performance.

See below for full camp schedules.

Detailed information about check-in, check-out, and everything in between will be available in the Camp Handbook

Instruments

All campers must bring their instrument with them to camp.  If you do not own your own instrument, we suggest speaking with your music teacher about borrowing your school instrument for the duration of camp.  A locker or secure storage location will be provided.

The instrument that you select during camp registration is the instrument that you must play at camp. If you would like to change your instrument to a different one after you register, you must contact our office prior to the start of your camp. If you play multiple instruments, you must choose a primary instrument but are welcome to bring your second with you for additional opportunities.

All campers must bring their instrument, instrument accessories, and a folding music stand.  Learn more about packing for camp.
In addition:

  • Drummers must bring a  4-5 piece kit – snare drum, 1-2 rack toms, floor tom, cymbals (ride, crash and hi-hat), and hardware (hi-hat stand, cymbal stand(s), drum throne, bass drum pedal). Drumsticks and brushes.
  • Electric Bass and Electric Guitar players must bring an amp, cables, and an extension cord with them in addition to their instrument.
  • Upright Bass players should bring a stool (bar stool height) and if you plan to play with a pick-up (not required) you should also bring an amp, cables, and an extension cord.

You will need to be able to move your instrument between classrooms and buildings.

Sample Camp Schedule

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Tentative Camp Schedule (all activities subject to change)
Sunday, 1:00-3:00pmCamper Check-In (you will sign up for an arrival time)
Sunday, 7:00pmCamper Orientation
MONDAY - FRIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE
6:45am-7:45amBreakfast
8:00-10:00Big Band Rehearsal
10:10-10:55Big Band Sectionals
11:05-11:50Jazz History, Beginning Improv, Advanced Improv
12:10-1:10Lunch
1:30-2:50Combo Rehearsals
3:00-3:50Masterclasses
4:00-5:00Big Band Rehearsals
5:00-7:00Dinner
EVENING SCHEDULE
Monday, 7:00-8:30pmFaculty/Staff Performance
Tuesday, 7:00-9:30pmRecreation (ex: Campus Tour, Jam Session, Movies, Roller Skating)
Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pmFaculty/Staff Performance
Thursday, 7:00-9:30pmRecreation (ex: UrbanAir, Jam Session, IMAX)
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Friday, 7:00pmCombos Performance
Saturday, 1:00pmBig Band Performance
Saturday (post-concert @2:30pm)Check-our