National Jazz Workshop - A Summer Jazz Camp at Shenandoah University

The National Jazz Workshop celebrates 12 years of Jazz Education in 2020!

Registration for 2020 is open

Go to the registration page for information or please click here to register for the NJW

The National Jazz Workshop has set a standard of excellence for students, educators and performers who are serious about learning and mastering the language of the definitive American art form, Jazz. NJW offers an intensive, fully comprehensive curriculum to include improvisation, big band and small-group performance pedagogy, composition, jazz history, arranging, music recording and production, and instrumental master classes. NJW 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."

Throughout the week students will receive instruction and coaching from National Jazz Workshop faculty 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 individual skills during, after the camp, and throughout the year.

Locations & Dates

  1. George Mason University in Fairfax, VA 2020 June 21-26. Commuter and overnight camp with evening activities. Hosted by Dr. Darden Purcell, Director of Jazz Studies. This camp only offers Performance and Vocal Tracks. Click above on "Registration" to register for this camp.
  2. Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA 2020 July 12-17. Hosted by Dr. Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies. Commuter and overnight camp with evening activities. This camp offers Performance, Arranging, Recording, and limited vocal activities. Vocalists attending this camp will need to play an instrument in the Performance Track or be in the Performance or Recording Track. Click above on "Registration" to register for this camp.

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