Calhoun Summer Jazz Camp

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.

2019 Program Details

Featuring an extraordinary faculty of working musicians who also have teaching experience, either at Calhoun, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, or similar programs.

Program Dates: June 17-21, 2019; public concert performance on June 20, 6:30pm.
Campers: Students entering 9th-12th grades and 2019 high school graduates; campers should have some playing ability; kids from other schools are welcome to attend.
Enrollment: Limited to 30 students
Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9:30am to 4:00pm
Other: Campers bring lunch, drinks & snacks from home (nut-free, only)
Tuition: $800
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!”

Faculty Bios

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.

For More Information

David Alpert
Executive Director
Calhoun Summer Institute
The Calhoun School
433 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10024