Frost Young Musicians' Camp Summer 2018

CAMP 2018

Registration will be open by February 23rd.


Registration will be open by February 23rd.

"Be surrounded 24/7 by kids from all over
the US and other countries who share your love of music!"


Instrumental and Vocal Jazz

Session B: JULY 3 - JULY 14
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

(See tuition page for fees)

"Circumstantial" composed by Simon Salz
Performed by Frost Young Musicians' Camp Honors Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Ira Sullivan & Brian Murphy July 8, 2016

"The Best Is Yet To Come"
Advanced Honors Jazz Vocal Ensemble
directed by Kate Reid. June 24, 2016


Jazz Great/Multi-Instrumentalist - IRA SULLIVAN

Double Bass, Improv, UM Faculty - CHUCK BERGERON
Jazz Pianist/Arranger - BRIAN MURPHY
Jazz Voice - Dr. SHERRINE MOSTIN (Jazz Voice)

Highly talented and motivated students are invited to apply to our Advanced Honors Jazz Program. This program has limited enrollment and students are chosen to participate based upon an audition demo. We offer you the opportunity to interact with our exceptional faculty - including members of the UM Frost School of Music. Our mission is to bring together students like you from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide you with a challenging college-level experience.

While this program is geared for high school students, exceptionally talented younger students who fulfill the requirements are also invited to apply.


Your daily schedule includes a total of 6 classes. Instrumentalists study: Latin Jazz Ensemble, Music Theory (Fundamentals or Advanced Jazz Theory and Improvisation), 2 Electives, and Honors Jazz Ensemble (2 periods). Jazz Vocalists study: Jazz Performance Practices, Music Theory (Fundamentals or Advanced Jazz Theory and Improvisation), 1 Elective, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and Honors Jazz Vocal Ensemble (2 periods). We break for lunch, which is included in our program. At the end of the camp session, the Advanced Honors participants present their own recital which takes place in one of the Frost School of Music's fine concert halls. (see highlights from past years honors jazz concerts) Participants also perform in the Final Concert given by the entire camp.

Participants will follow the Advanced Jazz Program curriculum for 4 classes. Two periods are devoted exclusively to the Honors students - where you will work closely with our special Honors Faculty. (The Honors Program is one hour longer than our other programs All students who are selected for this Program will receive a letter of participation from the Frost School of Music.

AND - don't forget - we have an awesome Dormitory Program so you can enjoy a total summer music camp experience! Learn More!

If you want to be surrounded 24/7 with kids from all over the US and other countries, if you think you may want to be a music major in a college like UM, if you know that performing or composing is what you want to do - THEN - this is the place for you!


  • For Winds, Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums, and Voice.
  • If part of a school ensemble, should be performing at Music Grade level 6.0 or above.
  • A recommendation from your music teacher.
  • An audition demo is required: 10 minute maximum. All auditions must be submitted as high quality video files or a YouTube link. Send your demos to:
  • Winds, Piano, Guitar: submit the following 2 selections:
    • A ballad: no longer than 1 chorus.
    • Improvisation: play the head and solo on a jazz standard. This may be submitted with either a live group or with a jazz play-along.
  • Bass: Play the melody to a blues selection, improvise for 1 chorus and demonstrate 2 choruses of a walking bass line.
  • Drums: Play time in the following styles: Slow Swing (mm= 100/quarter note) and fast swing (mm=200/quarter note). If possible, record this with a bass player or combo. Also include a short excerpt performing with a combo to demonstrate small group playing, including trading 4's.
  • Voice: Submit 2 contrasting songs in any of these styles: a swing tune, a jazz standard ballad, a Latin tune, or a pop song. All songs (except pop) must include at least 1 chorus of improvisation, accompanied by a piano accompanist or a jazz play-a-long.


Enrollment is limited for this program. You will be notified of your acceptance after the camp receives ALL application materials: Online Registration, Application Fee ($40 before April 1, $75 after April 1), Teacher Recommendation, and Audition Demo. Your full deposit of $200 (plus the dorm deposit of $200 if you are staying in the dorm) is due after receiving your acceptance letter.

  • Review the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered, and choose your electives and Optional Classes.
  • The Camp will email our "Teacher Recommendation Form" to your child‚Äôs music teacher. This is to confirm that your camper is in the correct level. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your school or private music teacher before you start to register.
  • Click here for information on Camp Tuition & Fees and How to Apply to the Camp.

Session B: JULY 3 - JULY 14
DAILY SCHEDULE (9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.)



9:00 - 10:00

  • Performance Practices in Jazz: An in-depth look at Jazz through listening and performing. Improvisation in styles such as Be Bop, Swing, Latin, and Free style will be studied.
  • Rhythm Section Workshop: for pianists, bass players, and drummers.
  • Jazz Rock Guitar Ensemble.

10:15 - 11:15


  • Music Theory: Fundamentals.
  • Advanced Jazz Theory and Improvisation: Pre requisite: thorough knowledge of theory fundamentals.
  • All of the theory classes above use the innovative Frost School of Music experiential model, which incorporates ear training and improvisation.

11:30 - 12:00

LUNCH (Lunch is included in the camp tuition)

In the UM Cafeteria, you will be able to select from the grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries), salad bar, pizza, hot meal of the day (including a vegetarian choice), and the deli. Fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages are also included.

12:15 - 1:15


  • Songwriting and Composition: for students who have had some experience either writing songs (music/lyrics) or instrumental compositions. You will learn about the various kinds of songs and compositions.
  • Music Biz: open to students who are interested in making a career out of performing, composing or producing music. You will need to bring a laptop, iPad, or tablet to class.
  • Digital Sound Design: This class will explore digital editing, mixing, and mastering techniques, using the software Logic Pro 10. Students will be encouraged to write, record, and produce an original composition using these techniques. (for students new to Logic Pro 10 and for those experienced in using it).
  • Blues Ensemble.
  • Jazz Vocal Ensemble: note- this is an elective open to all jazz program participants.

1:30 - 2:30


  • Latin Jazz Ensemble.
  • Honors Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Honors Class 1).

2:45 - 3:45


  • Honors Jazz Ensemble: for instrumentalists.
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble: for vocalists.

4:00 - 5:00


  • Honors Jazz Ensemble.
  • Honors Jazz Vocal Ensemble.

Learn more about out Optional Programs:

  • PRIVATE LESSONS with one of our artist faculty!
  • DORM PROGRAM - Learn More!
  • Supervised EXTENDED CARE program.
  • BUS TRANSPORTATION - Bus transportation to the camp Learn More!