Jazz Performance & Improvisation Summer Program for High School Students

At Interlochen, you'll spend three weeks immersed in the world of jazz. Our faculty of accomplished performers and educators will help you broaden your understanding of jazz, and help you grow as an improviser and musician. You'll perform in both small and large ensembles with fellow jazz students who share your love for one of the quintessential American art forms.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 26, 2021 to July 17, 2021
Tuition: $6,250
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Priority deadline: 
January 14, 2021

Personalized instruction will be provided during rehearsals and classes. Your classes will include:

  • Master classes with faculty and guest artists
  • Jazz improvisation, theory, and musicianship skills
  • Jazz history and creative concepts
  • Jazz forum, an opportunity for students and faculty to convene in a masterclass setting
  • Open mic: opportunities for informal student performances

You will also enjoy the artistic vitality at Interlochen, attending student and faculty presentations in theatre, music, film, creative writing, dance, and visual art. And each summer, we present an impressive lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.


Students in this program will work from scored music and chord charts. If you have no prior knowledge of reading music or charts, we still welcome you to apply. However, it's highly encouraged that you familiarize yourself with both forms of notation prior to arrival at Camp. 

Audition Requirements: Instrument

Please submit one to three video recordings of work that best represents you as an artist at this time. If you are performing in an ensemble, please make sure you are clearly highlighted.

Audition Requirements: Voice

Please submit video recordings of the following:

  • One chorus of a ballad
  • Any melody sung a cappella in time, given just a starting pitch
  • Optional: A jazz melody and improvised solo, with accompaniment (live or recorded)

Additional Opportunities

Students are welcome to attend one of our Music Intensives the week prior to this program.

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a jazz emphasis within the Instrumental Music major.


Jeremy Allen

Instructor of Jazz Studies (Bass), Interlochen Arts Camp

Assistant Professor, Double Bass/Jazz Studies, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Dave Alvarez

Instructor of Jazz (percussion), Interlochen Arts Camp

Dave Ballou

Instructor of Jazz Trumpet, Interlochen Arts Camp

Professor of Music, Towson University

Dr. Andrew Bishop

DIrector of Jazz, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, University of Michigan 

Vincent Chandler

Instructor of Jazz (Trombone), Interlochen Arts Camp

Lecturer in Jazz Studies, Wayne State University

Xavier Davis

Instructor of Jazz, Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor of Jazz Piano, Michigan State University

Joey Blake

Instructor of Jazz Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor of Voice, Berklee College of Music

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