U of M Summer Jazz Camp

Hello Band and Choral Directors!

The 2017 U of M Summer Jazz Camp, August 13 - 19, 2017 offers students the opportunity to:


The University of Manitoba Summer Jazz Camp is a fun way for young instrumental and vocal musicians to get back with their instruments leading up to the start of a new year of high school band or choral ensemble.

We ask that you please consider recommending your students to register for the U of M Summer Jazz Camp.

Instrumental musicians: will be placed in small ensembles of 6-10 students for the week. These ensembles are designed to accommodate all levels in a supportive, interactive and fun learning environment.

Each ensemble will work with a jazz camp faculty member on the fundamental elements of jazz performance: rhythmic interaction, call-and-response, improvisation, music theory, repertoire performance skills and jam session etiquette. Each student will also participate in group lessons with a Jazz Camp faculty member.

Vocal musicians: will take part in a 5 day workshop headed up by jazz vocal instructor, Anna-Lisa Kirby. This workshop is designed for singers of all levels who want to work on their solo vocal performance skills in a supportive, interactive and fun learning environment.

The workshop will focus on: learning how to communicate with a rhythm section, jazz phrasing, jazz vocal improvisation, basic jazz theory, jazz repertoire, jam session etiquette, and voice development and breathing techniques.

Each vocal musician will be assigned two jazz standards and will sing everyday with a rhythm section consisting of students from the Desautels Faculty of Music Jazz Studies program. Vocalists will also learn from observing each other working with the rhythm section.

The week will culminate with student performances, open to the public, on Saturday August 19,
at The Desautels Faculty of Music.

World Class Faculty

Steve Kirby, Will Bonness, Quincy Davis, Derrick Gardner, Jon Gordon, Anna-Lisa Kirby and Larry Roy
(subject to change)