National Jazz Workshop - A Summer Jazz Camp at Shenandoah University
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Who May Participate?

The National Jazz Workshop is designed for students, educators, professionals and jazz enthusiasts of all levels and abilities, but you must be a rising 9th grader or older to attend the overnight camp at Shenandoah University.

Rising 8th graders and younger could attend the George Mason Camp (day camp) if they are able to read music and can handle a full day of camp. If you believe you meet the standards or want to be considered despite your age please contact Matt Niess to see if you are eligible to attend any of our NJW camps.

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Matt Niess
To contact Matt Niess, director of the National Jazz Workshop, click on the following link:

matt.niess@nationaljazzworkshop.org

Choose a Playing Status & Track

There are two playing statuses to choose from: playing and non-playing. Those participating in a playing status will be assigned to play in big bands and small groups. Those participating in a non-playing status will not play in any ensembles. You must be 18 or older to choose a non-playing status. There are different tracks of curriculum concentration available depending on which camp you choose to attend. YOU CAN PLAY IN A BAND WITH ANY TRACK YOU CHOOSE.

Choose a Playing Status
Playing After auditioning on the opening day of the workshop you will be assigned to play in a big band and/or small groups.
Non-Playing You will not play in any ensembles. If you want to choose this status you must be at least 18 years of age and in either the arranging track or recording/production track.
Choose a Track
Performance This track focuses on improvisation, jazz pedagogy, and instrument-specific master classes and other instructional opportunities. All Performance Track participants must purchase the NJW Jazz Theory book to be used at the workshop.
Arranging
(Shenandoah camp only)
This track focuses on jazz arranging, orchestration and composition. Theory and transposition skills are necessary for this level. Participants can play in a band while on this track.This track is only available at Shenandoah and DuQuesne Universities
Observation Ideal for educators. Observe students or audit seminars and classes on your own schedule (subject to space availability). This track is available to adults only, playing or non-playing status.

FOR PERFORMANCE TRACK PARTICIPANTS ONLY
Choose a Jazz Theory Level

When you register participants in the performance track will need to choose a level of jazz theory knowledge. Which jazz theory level best describes you? This has nothing do do with your ability to play an instrument and it will not affect your placement in a band at NJW.

Jazz Theory Levels
Beginner Little to no jazz theory knowledge
Intermediate Some knowledge of jazz theory such as scales, chords, etc.
Advanced Substantial knowledge of jazz theory

Audition Materials

Your placement in jazz ensembles will be determined by a live audition on the first day of the workshop. Please prepare the following sheet music for your audition. Choose the part that is best for you based on your instrument and your ability level. If this music is too difficult for you, the NJW staff will place you in an ensemble according to your ability level. Rhythm players will also be asked to demonstrate skills in various styles and sight reading. This sheet music is in PDF format. When you print out the music, use the print dialog box to print only the pages you want.
2017 Audition Materials Posted before 1 May
Saxophone
Trombone
Trumpet
Guitar
Piano
Vibraphone
Bass
Drum Set
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College Credit

Shenandoah University will offer undergraduate and graduate credit in conjunction with the National Jazz Workshop. Up to three credits offered concurrently in three individual courses of one credit each may be earned at the undergraduate or graduate level. Read more about this program at the Shenandoah University Conferences and Institutes page. These credits may be used for certificate/licensure renewal or applied to degree programs. Shenandoah University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, Shenandoah Conservatory is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. For further information about Shenandoah University, visit the Shenandoah University Website.

Fee Schedule

The fees for the workshop are as follows:

George Mason University Fee Schedule
Commuter Fee $450 This covers the cost of tuition, but no meals or lodging. This is not an overnight camp. Choose this option if you plan to commute to the George Mason University NJW day camp.
Shenandoah University Fee Schedule
Commuter Fee $450 This covers the cost of tuition, but no meals or lodging. Choose this option if you plan to commute.
Under 18 Resident Fee $695.00 This covers NJW tuition, five nights of lodging in the dormitories, and meals in the University dining hall (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch). You will be assigned a roommate. Participants may request a preferred roommate and NJW will try to honor all such requests. Linens are not provided, so please bring your own. Dormitories are air conditioned.
Adult Resident Fee $775.00 This covers NJW tuition, five nights of lodging (private room) in the University dormitories, and meals in the University dining hall (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch). Linens are not provided, so please bring your own. Dormitories are air conditioned.

Tuition payments are non-refundable as these funds are applied to pre paid expenses such as insurance, equipment rental, food, and other costs. In the event you have paid for the workshop and can not attend please contact the director Matt Niess.

Choose a Payment Method

There are several payment options, as seen in the chart below.

Payment Information
All payments can be made when you register by clicking on the registration link on this page. If for some reason you can not use the on-line registration process separate payment arrangements can be made by contacting Matt Niess and using the options below.
Credit Card Please contact the director Matt Niess.
Checks & Money Orders Please mail checks to:

National Jazz Workshop

P.O. Box 1029

Ft. Myer, VA 22211

Pay by PayPal
Commuter Fee
(All Camps)
$450
Minor Resident Fee
(Shenandoah University)
$695
Adult Resident Fee
(Shenandoah University)
$775
Theory Book Fee
(Required for performance track)
$30
Miscellaneous Amount
Master Class & Private Lessons


National Jazz Workshop

P.O. Box 1029

Ft. Myer, VA 22211