Jazz Camp - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

Jazz Camp

The University of Tulsa School of Music presents its Annual Summer Jazz Camp. The camp is scheduled for July 10-14, 2023. The week-long day camp is open to all music students (instrumental and vocal), ninth grade through college, with all levels of skills and experience. The educational focus of the camp will be based on a curriculum encompassing jazz theory and ear training, jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz performance (big band, combo, guitar ensemble, vocal), and group lessons and masterclasses. Faculty for the camp includes TU faculty and professional musicians whose careers as teachers and players are well established and widely respected throughout the nation.

The camp will begin with a short orientation meeting and auditions on Sunday, July 9th, and conclude with a 2:00 p.m. showcase concert on Saturday the 15th. Classes will start at 9:00 a.m. each morning with a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Students are responsible for furnishing their own lunches. Classes resume at 1:00 p.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.

For more information check out the information sheet.

  • Camp Placement Audition

    An orientation meeting and placement audition for all students will begin at 2 p.m. in the Lorton Performance Center on Sunday, July 9th.


    Students should prepare a jazz selection (etude, excerpt, or solo transcription) to demonstrate interpretation, tone, and technique. Students are also urged to demonstrate improvisation skills (optional for those entering at a beginning level of experience). A short sight-reading exercise will also be presented.


    Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate the ability to play in multiple jazz styles: slow & fast swing, bossa nova, samba, ballad, funk, jazz waltz, etc.

    Pianists, bassists, and guitarists will be asked to demonstrate reading both written notation and chord nomenclature.



  • Location

    Classes for the TU Jazz Camp will be held in the Lorton Performance Center on the campus of The University of Tulsa. The facility is located at 550 South Gary Place (between 5th Place and 8th Street on South Gray Place facing east towards Harvard Avenue). The final Showcase Concert will also be presented at the Lorton Performance Center on Saturday, July 15th in the Gussman Auditorium.

  • Camp Enrollment & Fee

    The fee for the six-day camp is $250. This includes all materials, classes, music, and a camp T-shirt.


    To enroll, complete the Registration Form.


    If you intend to pay with a check, please make it payable to TU Jazz Camp, include the student’s name in the memo line, and mail it to:

    TU Jazz Camp
    School of Music
    The University of Tulsa
    800 S. Tucker Drive
    Tulsa, OK  74104

    Full payment is due by July 7th, 2023

    For more information about the TU Jazz Camp, please contact Vernon Howard at vernon-howard@utulsa.edu.