Monday, April 11, 2016

Music Education Monday:
Summer 2016 jazz camps in St. Louis

While the official start of summer is still a couple of months away, it's not too early for aspiring young jazz musicians in the St. Louis area to make plans to enroll in one or more of the jazz camps being presented this year by local universities and organizations. Here are brief summaries of four programs:

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will hold its annual camp for students at "all levels, grades 8-12" from Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3 on the SIUE campus. Classes are taught by members of the SIUE jazz faculty. For details or to sign up, go to

Bassist Jim Widner's big band will serve as the faculty for the annual University of Missouri - St. Louis jazz camp, with instructors including Widner, Mike Vax, Scott Whitfield, Dave Scott, Ken Kehner, Chip McNeill, Kim Richmond, Gary Hobbs, and others. The camp for middle school, high school and college students will be held Sunday, June 5 through Friday, June 10 on the UMSL campus. For more information or to enroll, visit

Webster University's annual camp for "beginning, intermediate and advanced level jazz improvisers and instrumentalists" will take place from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 on the Webster U campus, with instruction from the university's jazz faculty. You can find more information and a signup form at

St. Louis Children's Choirs will present a vocal jazz camp for "singers entering grades 9 – 12 and class of 2016 graduates" on weekdays from Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 15.

The camp will be led by Brian Parrish, director of SLCC's Chamber Singers, and held at the choirs' offices at 2842 North Ballas Road in Des Peres. For audition dates and more information, visit

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