National Jazz Workshop - A Summer Jazz Camp at Shenandoah University

The National Jazz Workshop

The National Jazz Workshop sets a new standard of excellence for students, educators and performers who are serious about learning and mastering the language of the definitive American art form, Jazz. Held on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, the National Jazz Workshop offers an intensive, fully comprehensive curriculum for jazz studies to include improvisation, big band and small-group performance, composition, arranging, music recording and production, and instrumental master classes. This workshop is inspired by the legendary Stan Kenton Jazz Camp model, first held in 1959 at Indiana University, where, as Kenton would say, students would "take a bath in jazz."

The National Jazz Workshop faculty represents the best jazz educators and performers from Washington, DC, an area known worldwide as one of the nationís most prestigious and innovative centers for jazz performance. Throughout the week students will receive instruction and coaching from National Jazz Workshop staff that is focused on raising the level of performance of each participant. The main goal of the workshop is to provide participants with the resources and direction to further develop and expand their individual skills throughout the year.

Locations & Dates

For summer 2015, there are three locations for the National Jazz Workshop.

  1. Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA from July 12-17 Hosted by Dr. Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies. Overnight camp with evening activities. Click above on "Registration" to register for this camp.
  2. George Mason University in Fairfax, VA from June 21-26. Day camp with no overnight accommodations offered or evening activities 08:30am-4:45pm. Hosted by Dr. Darden Purcell, Director of Jazz Studies. Click above on "Registration" to register for this camp.
  3. Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA, from July 26-31. Hosted by Mike Tomaro, Director of Jazz Studies. Click here to register for this camp.

Congratulations to the 2014 NJW participants! Pictures can be downloaded for free and prints can be ordered here (

The NJW 2014 DVD can be ordered from Mojo Factory Productions

Need more jazz camps this summer? See the Washington DC Area Summer Jazz Camp Consortium:

Adult musicians: Check out Maryland Summer Jazz Click here

Extended Camp and Travel: VA Music Adventures Click here

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