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Shell Lake Arts Center - Summer Jazz Camps

Shell Lake Arts Center 802 First Street, PO Box 315

Shell Lake, WI

Contact: Carmala Aderman

The Shell Lake Arts Center is home to the longest running jazz camp in the nation. Experience the Northwoods, where you’ll find a sandy beach, many nature trails, a community of friendly neighbors and a flurry of artistic fun at the Shell Lake Arts Center. We provide a welcoming, positive and safe learning environment to nourish your artistry.

Study with the Pros. (We know of 14 Grammy awards among our alum and faculty--including two in 2023!) You’ll perform jazz ensemble big band and jazz combo music under the guidance of our nationally recognized teaching-artist faculty. All levels of experience are accepted, from beginner to advanced. Students receive a personal private audition upon Sunday arrival, and are matched with others of the same level. Whether you’re just starting your jazz experience or are an accomplished performer and passionate about continuing your studies, this camp is for you!

Features of the camp include:

  • Daily Master Classes

  • Jazz Improvisation and Theory

  • Morning and Afternoon Rehearsals

  • Listening: Learning from the Masters

  • Jazz Ensemble and Small Group Performance Opportunities

  • Evening Faculty Performances

  • Free time each day: Practice, play games, relax or go to the beach!

Sessions and Dates

Week 1 of Jazz Band

June 16-21, 2024 Jazz Combo & Improvisation

June 30 - July 5, 2024

Week 2 of Jazz Band

July 23-28, 2024

Daily Schedule for Jazz Band Camp: 7:15am Wake Up 8am Breakfast 9am Masterclass 10am Big Band Rehearsal 11am Improvisation 12pm Lunch 1pm Listening Class 2pm Big Band Rehearsal 3:30pm Combo Rehearsals/Individual Practice Time/Private Lessons/Free Time 5pm Dinner 7pm Evening Concerts/Camp Activities 10:30pm Lights Out

Daily Schedule for Jazz Combo and Improvisation

9am Master Class 10am Combo Rehearsal 11:30am Improvisation 12:20pm Lunch 1:20pm Combo Rehearsal 2:15pm Group Masterclass 3:30pm Private Lessons (Scheduling TBD by Faculty) 5pm Dinner

Camp Instructors Names and Instruments

Jazz Band Camp:

Grammy Award winner Tom Luer, Program Director.


Scott Agster, Trombone

Scott Johnson and Hannah Harder, Saxophone

Riley Helgeson, Trumpet

Kavy Kavirag, Piano

Chris Olson, Guitar

Karyn Quinn, Bass

Dave Schmalenberger, Drums

Week 2:

Chris White, Piano

Chris Olson, Guitar

Karyn Quinn, Bass

Mike Walk, Saxophone

Jeff Gottwig, Trumpet

Jack Courtright, Trombone

Rich Macdonald, Drums

Jazz Combo and Improvisation:

David Cooper, Trumpet

Bill Sears, Saxophone

Chris Olson, Guitar

Chris Bates, Bass

Luke Gillespie, Piano

Dave Schmalenberger, Drums

Dale Alexander, Piano

Edward Godbout, Piano

Additional Details

Tuition Fee: $725 - Includes Room & Board


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