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Ninth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp

 

July 31 – August 4, 2017, 9:30am-3pm  •  Concert Friday August 4, 6pm

2016 Campers – photo by Jane Higgins

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

 

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR FACULTY

Back row L-R: Marina Garza (brass), Susanne DiVincenzo (bass), Ellen Seeling (brass), Mad Duran (woodwinds), Jessica Neighbor (vocals), Lizzy Asarnow (piano/vocals), Carolyn Walter (woodwinds) Middle row L-R: Michaelle Goerlitz (percussion), Janice Maxie-Reid (vocals/piano), Jennifer Eleccion (piano intern), Daria Johnson (drums/percussion), Stephanie Lee (bass/violin), Tiffany Carrico (brass) Front row L-R: Nancy Wenstrom Catania (guitar), Erika Oba (piano/flute), Jean Fineberg (woodwinds/drums), Karla Gomez (operations)

 

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.

INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL

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.

ENSEMBLES AND ELECTIVES

The day begins with a Master Class/Warmup by instrument or voice, followed by age- and ability–appropriate ensembles.  Campers can register online or by phone and indicate their ensemble preferences online at cjc.edu/girlsreg. If you have trouble registering online, please leave a message at 510.758.2200 and we’ll call to help you.

Electives performing at the Friday evening Concert
Jazz Big Band
Blues/Soul Band (vocal and instrumental)
Pop Vocal Group
Rhythm & Blues Choir
Latin Ensemble (instrumental)
Jazz Combo (instrumental)
Percussion-joins Latin Ensemble

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

Non- performing workshops
Vocal Skills
Theory & Improvisation

LUNCHTIME

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.

PRIVATE LESSONS AND DAILY OPEN JAM

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.

TRANSPORTATION

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

HOUSING

Girls come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and all over the world. 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, July 31 – August 4, 2017, 9:30am-3pm, Concert Friday Aug. 4, 6pm at the Freight & Salvage concert hall

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 2018 Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp scholarship fund!)

REGISTRATION

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. After registering online, visit cjc.edu/girlspayment or call 510.845.5373 to pay the camp tuition and reserve your spot.

After completing the registration form, please make be sure you’ve completed step 2 by paying the tuition. You will then be contacted to schedule a short, friendly placement meeting so we can meet you, schedule you in appropriate groups and craft your personal camp schedule.

TUITION

Tuition is $499. 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.

QUESTIONS?
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.

 

 

 

 

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