Calhoun Summer Jazz
Since 2010, Calhoun Summer Jazz Workshop has offered a one-week intensive series of day-long classes, workshops and ensemble playing opportunities designed to provide an immersion and/or introductory experience for high school kids to the world of jazz improvisation and music.
Campers form ensembles and learn the basics of jazz improvisation; explore jazz history by listening to significant recordings and viewing performances; learn fundamentals of music theory necessary for improvisation; and above all, get a chance to make music with other students. The workshop is open to players of all instruments and features accomplished instructors in keyboards, brass, woodwinds, strings, guitar, bass and percussion.
2018 Program Details
Featuring an extraordinary faculty of working musicians who also have teaching experience, either at Calhoun, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, or similar programs.
Campers: 14-18 years old (entering 9th-12th grades and 2018 high school graduates; campers should have some playing ability); open to the public, kids from other schools are welcome to attend.
Enrollment: Limited to 30 students
Program Dates: June 18-22, 2018; public concert performance on June 21, 6:30pm.
Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9:30am to 4:00pm
Other: Campers bring lunch, drinks & snacks from home (nut-free, only)
Deposit: $400 non-refundable deposit required upon registration; cancellations after May 1 will result in forfeiture of tuition.
Location: 433 West End Ave. @ 81st St.
What They’re Saying
“I improved more in this week than I have in the last three months!”
“The best part of jazz camp was not only seeing my musical ability increase, but becoming inspired to learn more about music. The faculty was completely dedicated to us. For me, it was a new experience; a challenging and rewarding one.”
“I learned so much from my masterclasses—I wanted at least a week more of time with everyone. The best part of the camp was just being able to play with everyone; how helpful everyone was, how open they were, and the community that we all became.”
“I gained a lot of confidence in my ability to play. Learning how to solo and having a whole band backing you up is a lot different from just playing by myself. Having the instructors challenge you to solo instead of just waiting for you to volunteer was really helpful, because I got way more practice and soloed like 20+ times a day!”
Artistic Director: Victor Lin
Victor Lin studied piano with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron at Rutgers University. Currently a music teacher at The Calhoun School, Victor is also a jazz instructor at The Stanford Jazz Workshop and at Columbia University. He is a featured performer at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors as well as Bryant Park. The Victor Lin Jazz Trio has performed at various venues in New York City including The Blue Note, The Japan Society and the Flushing Town Hall. As a violinist, Victor has performed with Frank Vignola's Hot Club USA, and currently plays with the Howard Fishman Quartet. Victor is currently finishing his doctorate in music education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he is focusing on jazz and improvisation pedagogy as the subject of his dissertation. Jack Kleinsinger of Highlights in Jazz calls the Victor Linn Jazz Trio "one of the foremost keepers of the flame in jazz today.
Assistant Director: Kevin Farrell
Kevin Farrell teaches jazz, strings and electronic music composition at the Calhoun School. He holds a Bachelor's degree from California Institute of the Arts and a Master's Degree from University of Southern California. He is comfortable playing many styles of music and has been featured on recordings for Sony, Dreamworks, EMI, Capitol, Bad Boy, and Stones Throw Records.