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Birch Creek

Performance Center, Inc.

P.O. Box 230

Egg Harbor, WI 54209


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Birch Creek is a residential summer music academy located in the heart of Door County, Wisconsin. Students (ages 13-19) flourish in the natural rural setting of the beautiful 40-acre campus, highlighted by the historic Dutton Concert Barn. Birch Creek's Jazz program offers students a unique learning experience at levels of jazz performance not found in most other jazz programs in America.


Our program gives students an effective combination of experiences to help them master the fundamentals of jazz while establishing professional attitudes by playing side-by-side with some of today's top performers and educators. The only differences between the Jazz I and Jazz II sessions are the dates and the faculty. The curriculum and performance opportunities are the same, and both sessions are under the guidance of Program Director Jeff Campbell, who is the Chair of the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department at the Eastman School of Music.

Instructors (Instructors are subject to change)

Program Director: Jeff Campbell
Band Directors: José Encarnación, Nic Meyer, Jim Stombres, Steve Sveum, Gil Wukitsch
Saxophone: David Bixler, Scott Burns, Mike Lee, Todd Williams
Trumpet: Tanya Darby, Lennie Foy, Clay Jenkins, Joey Tartell
Trombone: Tom Garling, Clarence Hines, Steve Horne, Audrey Morrison
Piano: Adaron Jackson, Michael Stryker, Reggie Thomas
Guitar: Larry Brown, Rick Haydon
Bass: Jeff Campbell
Drums: Bob Chmel, Dennis Mackrel


Sessions and Dates:
Jazz I: July 12-25
Jazz II: July 26-August 8

Senior Track | June 14 – 27, 2020
A two-week Percussion Intensive for Students Ages 14-19


Junior Track | June 14 – 20, 2020
A one-week Percussion Experience for Students Ages 13-15


Daily Schedule


Warm up
Big Band rehearsal
Theory class/combo rehearsal

Master classes/Seminars/Technique classes/Sectionals
Lesson/Practice time
Free time

Big Band Rehearsal or Performance Jam Session



$2,100 includes tuition, room and board
Room & Board: Residency required
Scholarships are available.


Room & Board: Residency required



Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop

Chapin Jazz Studio, 146 Center St, Suite #4, Grayslake, IL 60030                     



About the Summer Jazz Camp
Tell us about the camp, how it started, the mission of the camp and what students can expect to experience.

Since 2001 students in Northeastern Illinois have been learning to play jazz through the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop, or GJCW. Grayslake jazz musicians and educators Bill Chapin and Paul Nielsen began the program to provide instruction and playing opportunities for Grayslake youth and expanded the program in 2010 to include adults and students from all areas of Northeastern IL.


The workshop, open to musicians entering grade 7 through adult, organizes participants into jazz combos, complete with rhythm sections and horn players, where students advance their skills in performing and improvising over jazz tunes. Musicians who can read music and who want to advance their playing and improvisational skills are welcome to register. Past participants have played saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute, vibes, guitar, bass, piano, voice, and drums; but one can improvise jazz on any instrument. Each jazz combo works on three jazz standards, including swing, Latin, jazz rock, and other jazz genres, learning how to begin and end, to improvise over chord changes, and to collaborate with other musicians. The workshop culminates with three public performance opportunities.


Workshop instructors are experienced jazz improvisers and jazz educators with a passion for sharing their love of this exciting form of American music. Workshop participants come from area middle and high schools, colleges, and “schools of life” (adults). In recent years, as many as 45 students, divided into six combos have comprised the workshop rosters.

Bill Chapin—piano and bass

Tim Barclay—alto and tenor sax

Paul Nielsen—bass, guitar, piano, and alto and tenor sax

Jon Rarick—trumpet and piano

Andre Rivera—trumpet, trombone, and guitar


Sessions and Dates:

June 6-8, June 13-15, June 20-22, June 27-29, and July 10-12.

2020 performances will take place on July 9, July 18, and July 28.

The GJCW program consists of 5 two-hour combo sessions that meet weekly plus multiple opportunities to perform. Additionally, each student receives one 45-minute private or small-group (sectional) instructional session focused on their instrument.


When registering, students select their combo level and day/time.


Combo sessions organized by ability level will be offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays on the following weekends:


Daily Schedule
GJCW combo sessions are offered on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons and on Sunday and Monday evenings. Participants select the day/time and combo level that works with their schedule and ability level.

2-hour combos sessions take place once each week for 5 weeks.

Typical Combo Session: Setup and warm-up–10 minutes; improv on the blues–15 minutes; ear training games and exercises–10 minutes; break–5 minutes; jazz theory–10 minutes; rehearsal of tunes and improv instruction–60 minutes; assignments and review–5 minutes. Often, a snack is provided.

Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops

The University of Louisvlle

Summer Jazz Workshops

featuring Jamey Aebersold!



Two Great Weeks of Jazz:

July 5-10 or July 12-17

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All Ages, All Abilities, All Instruments! Our workshops have earned a reputation for producing the best intensive programs for learning jazz improvisation. Each Year, we assemble the nation’s leading educators and performers dedicated to providing an intensive learning experience for musicians of all ages and levels. Theory Classes, Ear Training, Combo Performance, and Master Class Sessions allow you the opportunity to grow and develop to your fullest potential.  Whether a beginning improviser or a seasoned pro, you’ll leave with tons of new and exciting ideas about how to improve your playing. A week with us could change your life!

3 Day Big Band

July 17-19, 2020

The Big Band Mini-Workshop aims to deepen your knowledge of large jazz ensemble performance during a concentrated time frame.  John La Barbera – internationally respected jazz composer, arranger and director – has constructed a program that will provide participants an intensive performance experience, exploring numerous styles – traditional to contemporary. An ideal workshop is not only for educators looking to hone their skills, but also for those who love participating in big band section playing.


Admission will be limited in order to ensure balanced instrumentation for maximum experience.

3 Day Brazilian/Latin Jazz Workshop

July 10-12, 2020

The Brazilian/Latin Music Mini-Workshop aims to deepen your knowledge on genres from Central America and Brazil that, although are put under the general name Latin music, they have their own particularities. The instructors are from South America – Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and Ecuador – and interested in helping you learn how samba, bossa nova, baiao, salsa, cha-cha-cha, mambo and more differ from each other.

The Brazilian/Latin Music Mini-Workshop is modeled after the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, where you will play in combos, have instrumental master classes, sessions on the style and history of the music, rhythm classes where you experience playing the rhythms first-hand, and of course Brazilian/Latin music on faculty and student concerts. You will be able to

play those genres in a more authentic way. It will be fun too.

Admission will be limited in order to ensure balanced instrumentation for maximum experience.

3 Day Piano Mini Workshop

July 3-5, 2020

The Jazz Piano Mini-Workshop is for pianists of all levels to gain a deeper understanding of techniques associated with jazz piano. You will learn practical voicing and approaches to both solo and ensemble performance. In addition, you will gain insight into the wide role piano has played throughout the history of jazz. There will be daily opportunities to play with professional level rhythm sections. This workshop is led by U of L Jazz Professors, Gabe Evens and  Chris Fitzgerald , who aim to create a low-pressure, friendly environment where you can learn a ton while having fun!

Aebersold 2 Day Guitar/Bass/Drum Workshop

July 4-5th, 2020  |  July 11-12th, 2020

This is an opportunity to learn about jazz improvisation, get HANDS-ON playing time and ask any question(s) you may have. The sessions are very informal and relaxed, yet highly structured. If you are a novice improviser, teacher, or even a pro who has always felt there was more to learn, you’ll truly enjoy these two days. As a bonus, there will be a jam session on Saturday night to give you the opportunity to jam with all the musicians attending Jamey’s 2-Day Seminar.

"Anyone Can Improvise"

2 Day Seminar with Jamey Aebersold

July 4-5th, 2020

This 2-day workshop, conducted by Jamey in a classroom/lecture format, is an opportunity to learn about jazz improvisation and ask any question(s) you may have. The sessions are very informal and relaxed, yet highly structured. If you are a novice improviser, teacher, or even a pro who has always felt there was more to learn, you’ll truly enjoy these two days with Jamey.

3 Day Vocal Mini Workshop

July 3-5th, 2020

For 3 intense days, participants are involved in the aspects of vocal jazz, from solo performance to improvisation, pedagogy, working with a rhythm section, and jazz theory. Educators may attend additional classes devoted to vocal jazz directing, programming, and rhythm section.

Midwest Young Artists

Fort Sheridan
878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL.
(847) 926 - 9898


Chicago Jazz Workshop

2020 Summer Jazz Workshop & Evening Ensemble

July 12-18, and July 6-18

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Located in the historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan, the Chicago Jazz Workshop and Summer Evening Ensemble are open to students entering 6th grade or above as of Fall 2020, and provide a fun, high quality jazz experience with fellow young musicians throughout the Chicagoland area!

Students should have a solid background in music, and preferably be taking private lessons. However, these camps are also a great opportunity for beginning jazz students!

Summer Jazz Workshop Live Performance

Chicago Jazz Workshop

July 12-18, 2020


MYAC’s Chicago Jazz Workshop is designed with the aspiring creative jazz musician in mind. Students are placed in jazz combos of five to eight students, where the focus is ensemble interaction, accompaniment, and improvisation through the study of jazz standards. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to help students gain a better understanding of how to control and manipulate their musical environment.


Tuition: $500


Evening Jazz Ensemble

July 6-18, 2020 (Monday & Wednesday nights, from 7-9pm, with a concert on Saturday, July 18)

MYAC offers a Summer Evening Jazz Ensemble as a fun, high quality jazz experience with fellow young musicians throughout the Chicagoland area. The program is a great way for students to keep up their jazz studies throughout the summer, and it is perfect for students who are too busy during the day for a full-time summer music camp; you can work or go to summer school and still learn great repertoire and prepare to play concerts at various well-known venues!


Tuition: $250


Financial aid available for those who qualify. Housing is available upon request. 

For more information on all the summer camps MYAC has to offer, please visit, or

Shell Lake Arts Center

802 1st Street
PO Box 315
Shell Lake, Wisconsin


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!  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

Jazz Ensemble & Combo

with Gordon Goodwin Masterclass

Week I: June 21-26, 2020

Week II: June 28-July 3, 2020


Jazz Improvisation & Combo

July 5-10

Tuition: $675—Includes Room & Board

Applications accepted until the class is full.

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