Twelfth Annual Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp


Twelfth Annual Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp

Twelfth Annual Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp has been postponed until 2022.

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



Produced by 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.


BACK ROW L-R: : Karl Gomez (Dir. of Operations/Spoken Word Poetry), Ellen Seeling (founder/trumpet), Marina Garza (brass/Latin music), Kasey Knudsen (saxophone), Tiffany Carrico (brass/Big Band, Jessica Neighbor (vocals), Susanne DiVincenzo (strings/bass), Laurie Silverman (operations).

MIDDLE ROW L-R: Janice Maxie-Reid (piano/vocals), Gracie Creed (teaching intern, saxophone), Glynnis McNamara (saxophone/clarinet), Daria Johnson (drums/percussion), Marlina Teich (guitar, bass)

FRONT ROW L-R: Erika Oba (piano/flute), Lizzy Asarnow (piano/vocals), Jean Fineberg (Director, woodwinds/drums), Nancy Wenstrom Catania (guitar/vocals)


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- and ability–appropriate ensembles.  Campers can register online or by phone and indicate their ensemble preferences online at 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
“My Life” (spoken word poetry)

Non- performing workshops
Vocal Skills
Theory & Improvisation


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. After registering, you will get specific camp info, including transportation and parking options.


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.

Twelfth Annual Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp has been postponed until 2022.


9:30-10       Master Class/Warmup by instrument or voice

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 2022 Girls’ and Women’s Jazz & Blues Camp scholarship fund!)


Step 1. Visit 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 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 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.

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





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