ANNOUNCEMENT: As of 4/27/2020:
It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to cancel Jazz Camp 2020. With the ongoing uncertainty due to the pandemic, we want to make sure that our community stays safe and healthy during this time. We are looking forward to bringing back the camp and our kids in 2021!
SFJB wanted to extend students learning about Jazz through the summer and began Jazz Camp in 2011. In its 10th year, 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!
This year, for the campers final performance, they will perform as the opening act on July 17th at the Levitt at the Falls!
When: July 14-17th 2020
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. 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. If you are in need of financial assistance, there are a limited number of scholarships available.
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 Jazz Camp and University of Sioux Falls rules and regulations.
Scholarships will be awarded on a FINANCIAL NEED basis. All applications are due by May 1st, 2020. Recipients will be notified via email. The application requirements can be found here: SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
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 Jazz II 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 Jazz Camp. He also plays the saxophone for the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Jazz Diversity Project, which tours the state of South Dakota.
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