Summer Jazz Camp

June 18–29, Play the Possibilities at a two-week learning lab led by some of the region’s best teaching artists. Designed for middle and high school students with skill levels from intermediate and up, the SJZ Summer Jazz Camp offers immersion in every aspect of jazz—from theory to performance. Each student participates in both a small ensemble and big band, and one advanced ensemble will be chosen to play on the Main Stage of the 2018 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, August 10-12. Gain extraordinary experience in music theory, improvisation, composition, ear training, performance and more. Register now—tuition increases May 1!

Donny McCaslin: Special Guest Instructor

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin will work with students on June 28 & 29 and appear in Camp’s graduation concert. The three-time Grammy nominee is one of the leading saxophonists, composers, and musical pioneers of his generation, receiving wide commercial and critical acclaim in jazz, rock and electronica circles alike. With 12 albums to his name, he is best known for his collaboration with the late David Bowie on Bowie’s final album Blackstar. Originally from Santa Cruz, McCaslin has been twice named a Rising Star in the DownBeat Critics Poll and regularly plays the best jazz venues in the world.

Read our exclusive interview with Donny, given before he appeared with his group at Winter Fest 2017


$700: Early Bird
$750: Starting May 1

A $25 cancellation fee will be charged to cover credit card fees and administrative costs. Multi-child discounts are also available. For more information, contact Camp Director Wally Schnalle at

SJZ Summer Jazz Camp At-A-Glance

  • June 18 – 29, 2018
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4pm
  • Valley Christian Schools Conservatory of the Arts


  • Big band and combos
  • Vocal groups and solos
  • Latin percussion lab
  • Straight ahead, Latin jazz and fusion
  • Music Theory
  • Ear Training
  • Instrument training
  • Improvisation
  • Music tech
  • Sight reading
  • Arranging
  • Composition
  • Performance

Placement Auditions

Placement auditions take place at Valley Christian Schools Conservatory of the Arts on June 16, 10am–2pm. Auditions are for class placement purposes only, and are not mandatory. Lunch and water are provided for students, but they may bring additional food and are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

2017 Faculty


SJZ Summer Jazz Camp is produced in partnership with Valley Christian Schools Conservatory of the Arts, and takes place within their state-of-the-art facility in San Jose.