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Eighth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp


August 1-5, 2016, 9:30am-3pm  •  Concert Friday August 5, 6pm

2015 Girl’s Jazz & Blues Campers, photo by Jane Higgins

Open to girls entering 6th through 12th grades (5th grade per consultation)     



Produced by JCMS faculty members Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling (Asst. Dir. and Dir. of the Montclair Women’s Big Band,) our camp provides a supportive musical environment where girls have fun and develop self-confidence. Campers hone improvisational, technical and ensemble skills while meeting new friends and creating music with other young musicians from the Bay Area and beyond.


2015 Girl’s Jazz & Blues Faculty, photo by Jane Higgins

The Camp employs an all-women faculty from the Montclair Women’s Big Band, the Jazzschool, and the Bay Area’s most respected performers and educators. Our internship program includes recent music college graduates who provide additional help and serve as young role models. Faculty and interns are available throughout the camp day for one-on-one help.


We welcome all vocalists and players of traditional and non-traditional instruments. The only prerequisite is some facility on your instrument (we do have some loaners and some storage for large instruments.)

Camp provides drums, congas, bongos, amps, pianos/keyboards, vibes, microphones and music stands. Scheduling permitting, we make our best effort to accommodate those who wish to play more than one instrument.


The day begins with a Master Class/Warmup by instrument or voice, followed by age-appropriate ensembles.  Campers can register online or by phone, and indicate their preferences among the following:

Electives performing at the Friday evening Concert
Blues/Soul Band
Pop Vocal Group
Roots Choir (R&B, Blues)
Latin Ensemble (instrumental)
Jazz Combo (instrumental)

Electives performing at lunchtime
“My Life” (spoken word poetry)

Non- performing workshops
Vocal Techniques
Improvisation (instrumental)


Girls are welcome to bring their lunch. Food is available at the onsite Jazzcaffe, either by pre-purchase or walk-in.  With parental permission, campers can also visit one of the many inexpensive eateries within a couple of blocks of the Jazzschool


The lunchtime break features a daily faculty-facilitated open jam session and all campers are encouraged to participate.  Each musician receives one private lesson during the week on the instrument/voice of her choice.


We assist in forming carpools by sharing willing participants’ location information.  You can indicate your interest in carpooling on the online registration form.


Girls come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and out of town. We often have local camper families willing to host an out-of-town musician for the week. The online registration form enables you to request or offer housing, and we do our best to facilitate that.

DAILY SCHEDULE Mon-Fri, August 1-5, 2016, 9:30am-3pm,  Concert Friday Aug. 5, 6pm
at the Freight & Salvage

9:30-10       Master Class/Warmup

10-12            Ensembles, Workshops

12-1               Lunch Break, Open Jam, Private Lessons

1-3                 Ensembles, Workshops

Friday 6pm: Musicians return with family and friends for all-camp concert.

FREE (optional donation to support the 2017 Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp scholarship fund!)


Step 1.) Visit cjc.edu/girlsreg and complete the registration form to supply camp preferences and contact information. (Please be sure you have completed this form before making a payment.)

Step 2.) Visits cjc.edu/girlspayment to pay the camp tuition.


Feel free to email us at girlscamp@cjc.edu or leave a message for Jean at 510.758.2200 and we will call you back.


Tuition is $495. There is some financial aid available.
Refund Policy: $100 of program tuition is non-refundable until July 1. After that date, all tuition is non-refundable.

After completing the registration form, please make your payment below and reserve your spot. You will then be contacted to schedule a short, friendly placement audition so we can meet you, schedule you in appropriate groups and craft your personal camp schedule.





The Word

“A friend persuaded me to take the Jazz Guitar class from Mimi, 7-8 years
ago. That started me on a wonderful journey of learning and enjoyment
of jazz, music theory, ensemble performance, and more.”

— Jazzschool Student
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