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HONORS JAZZ PROGRAM for Instrumentalists and Vocalists
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Voice, and Winds

If you want to be surrounded 24/7 with students from all over the US and other countries, if you think you may want to be a music major in a college like UM, if you know that performing is what you want to do - THEN - this is the place for you!

Directed by Ira Sullivan, trumpet, sax

With Frost School of Music Professors Chuck Bergeron, bass and Stephen Guerra, big band director, plus Brian Murphy, piano. Master classes with Frost School of Music Professors Martin Bejerano, piano, John Yarling, drums, Kate Reid, jazz voice and more!

Study Improv with the Pros! Delve into the real meaning of jazz with Ira Sullivan - who played with Charlie Parker and others! Play in a small group with top players like yourself! Learn what is offered at the Frost School of Music!

Highly talented and motivated instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to apply to our HONORS JAZZ PROGRAM. This program includes classes for string players, vocalists, as well as traditional jazz instruments. You will play in a large group and a small jazz group. have a You will have a techniques class, and a special Jazz Seminar which will feature guest artists. Students will end the day with an extended class just for the Honors Jazz participants.

The program concludes with its own concert. Students in this program will get a taste of student life at the highly acclaimed Frost School of Music!


Program Length

2 weeks


Session B: July 1 - July 12
Session C: July 15 - July 26


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Age Range

13 and above (qualified younger students may also audition).

Registration Fee

Prior to April 1/$40. After April 1/$75.



Dorm Program - not required for commuters. Includes room, board, and activities


Housing Check In/ Check Out Dates

Session B: Sun, June 30
Session C: Sun, July 14
(note: a supervised intersession program will be provided for dorm campers attending both sessions)


DEADLINE: This Program has limited enrollment. Qualified students are accepted within 2 weeks after submitting their audition. Applications submitted AFTER APRIL 30 will be placed on a waiting list. We encourage you to apply early.

  • For Winds, Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums, and Voice students age 13 or above. (qualified younger students are welcome to apply)
  • If part of a school ensemble, should be performing at Music Grade level 6.0 or above.
  • A recommendation from your music teacher.
  • An audition demo is required: 10-minute maximum. All auditions must be submitted as a high-quality video file or a YouTube link. Send your demos to:
  • Winds, Piano, Strings, and Guitar: submit the following 2 selections:
  • A ballad: no longer than 1 chorus.
  • Improvisation: play the head and solo on a jazz standard. This may be submitted with either a live group or with a jazz play-along.
  • Bass: Play the melody to a blues selection, improvise for 1 chorus and demonstrate 2 choruses of a walking bass line.
  • Drums: Play time in the following styles: Slow Swing (mm= 100/quarter note) and fast swing (mm=200/quarter note). If possible, record this with a bass player or combo. Also include a short excerpt performing with a combo to demonstrate small group playing, including trading 4's.
  • Voice: Submit 2 contrasting songs in any of these styles: a swing tune, a jazz standard ballad, a Latin tune, or a pop song. All songs (except pop) must include at least 1 chorus of improvisation, accompanied by a piano accompanist or a jazz play-a-long.
  • *All bass, guitar, string, and wind players must bring their own instrument to Camp. Bass players and guitarists should also bring their amp, cable, and a cart. Pick-ups and amps for string players are highly suggested, vocalists should bring their own mic and XLR cable. Dorm participants may rent an amp from the camp.
  • In each Session, ensembles will learn different music. Students attending more than one session may also choose a different elective.
  • *There is limited enrollment for bass, drums, and piano.

DAILY SCHEDULE (9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.)

9:00 - 10:00

Jazz Guitar, Woodwind, Trumpet, Trombone, Contemporary Vocal, and Rhythm Section (piano, bass, drums) Note: Wind players may elect to play in our Advanced Classical Wind Ensemble. String players will play in our new Contemporary String Ensemble.

10:15 - 11:15

Adv Jazz Theory and Improvisation

11:30 - 12:00

LUNCH (Lunch is included in the camp tuition)
In the UM Cafeteria, you will be able to select from the grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries), salad bar, pizza, hot meal of the day, and the deli. Fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages are all included.

12:15 - 1:15

Jazz history, Jazz styles, and special topics with guest teachers. String players may also select our Contemporary String Styles class.

1:30 - 2:45

Large Jazz Group: you will play music in all different styles of jazz.
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
(string players may also elect to play in our advanced orchestra)

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 5:00

Honors Jazz Ensemble: for all honors jazz instrumentalists
Honors Jazz Vocal Ensemble




Private lessons given by our camp faculty may be scheduled after regular dismissal.


Supervised before and after care is available.
Before Care: 7:15 am - 9:00 am
After Care: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Bus transportation to the camp, located on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, is provided by a private bus company. If you do not see a location near your home, please contact the camp. It may be possible for us to add an additional location on one of our routes! Note: The afternoon bus departs from camp at the regular dismissal time of 4:00pm. A 5:00 bus may be provided, IF there is sufficient enrollment. Honors students can sign up for the morning only bus, the bus fee will be reduced by 50%

Broward Bus:

Sawgrass Mall

Miramar Parkway and I-75

Bob Graham K-8 School (15901 NW 79th Ave) Miami Lakes

Dade Bus:

Highland Oaks Middle School (2375 NE 203rd St. Aventura)

Miami Beach Episcopal Church (Pine Tree Drive & 41st St)


For Middle School and High School Campers, ages 12 and above

Are you from out of town - or - do you live in South Florida but want to see what it's like to go to a sleep away camp? Our full-time program is open to campers ages 12 and above. Coordinated by our amazingly talented Dorm Counselors, you will spend lots of time playing music and hanging out with kids like you who are seriously into music, plus enjoy fun camp activities too!


After the camp classes are over for the day, you are met by your dorm counselor. You go back to the dorm to rest and relax until dinner. All dorm campers go to dinner together, and then after dinner our counselors plan various activities. Each activity is supervised by one of our (totally awesome) counselors. All campers receive a pass to use the UM Wellness Center (on-campus fitness center with an indoor pool, racquet ball, indoor track, etc.). Campers can also use the evening time to get their practicing in. We have fun activities such as: jam sessions, game night, scavenger hunt, and more... On the weekend, we use our bus to take us to places like the beach, the movies, bowling, and ice skating!


HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? The cost is $1,275 (A non-refundable housing fee is required at the time of registration to reserve your room. This deposit will be applied to your housing balance.) If you are attending both sessions, a supervised inter-session dorm program is provided for a nominal fee.

WHAT DOES THE DORM ROOM PROVIDE AND WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? The dorm is air-conditioned and there is free WIFI. There is a communal bathroom on the floor. There is one floor for our boys and one for our girls. Sheets and towels are provided (bring a pillow and light blanket). There is a laundry room and the camp provides laundry detergent, so that you can wash your clothes. After you register for the Dorm Program, we will send you our complete Dorm Packet with what to bring, health forms, and dorm program rules.

WILL I HAVE A ROOMMATE? Everyone has a roommate. We will match you up with someone close in age or if you come with a friend, you can request to be roommates.

WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS? Our counselors are college students or college graduates. They are in charge of what you do after our camp classes are over for the day. They are all musicians too - so they arrange our jam sessions, can help you with your songwriting/composition assignments, will remind you to get your practice time in, and more! They can give you an inside look into what it's like to be a college music major!



  • Review the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered, and choose your Electives and Optional Classes.
  • The Camp will email our "Teacher Recommendation Form" to your child's music teacher. This is to confirm that your camper is in the correct level. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your school or private music teacher before you start to register.