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Workshop Information

Maryland Summer Jazz includes three days of workshops, jam sessions and faculty concerts. Enrollment is limited to give you lots of personal attention and playing time. The faculty student ratio is 1:7. The learning environment is focused, intimate and effective


Maryland Summer Jazz 2015, in Rockville, MD
  July 22 - 24 
Wednesday Camp 10 AM - 5:30 PM, Jam Session 5:45 - 7 PM at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20852
Thursday Camp 10 AM - 5:30 PM, Jam Session 6 - 9:30 PM at Doubletree by Hilton Bethesda-Washington DC, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Maryland, 20814
Friday Camp 10 AM-5:30 PM, Student/Faculty Concert 7 - 10:00 PM at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
New Option: "Music Theory & Preparation Workshop" July 11
In addition to attending jazz camp, you may wish to attend
an optional workshop on July 11 to become familiar with the music. Cost and details are noted on the Registration Form.

Receive Discounted Hotel Rate:

Doubletree by Hilton Bethesda-Washington DC
8120 Wisconsin Ave Bethesda 20814


Tuition and Fees

Early Bird Tuition (received before May 1, 2015): $500.00
Regular Tuition (received after May 1, 2015): $590.00
Auditing: $180.00 per day

Optional Music Prep Day : July 11
"Theory Clinic: The Music Of Maryland Summer Jazz"
(Take one or both sessions)
101 (Beginner/Intermediate Songs) & 202 (Intermediate/Advanced Songs)
One class - $99.00, both classes - $180.00

Tuition includes lunch each day.

Discount: Siblings, husband and wife, parent and child may each receive a 10% discount on their respective tuition amounts. Active Military also receive a 10% discount (only one 10% discount per person).


If you have already paid and must cancel your attendance for any reason -
For cancellations before June 15, 2015, there is a refund of $200. For cancellations from June 15 to July 1, 2015, the refund is $100. Cancellations after July 1, 2015 will not be refunded.

Jazz Camp Workshop Description

The majority of the time is spent in small group sessions led by our world-class faculty. Instead of taking notes in a theory class or rehashing private lesson material you could get elsewhere, you’ll learn the way jazz should be learned - by playing with a mentor. Improvisation, arranging, history and group dynamics are discussed, and demonstrated.  Those new to jazz will be supported as they ease into the genre. 

Beginners are welcome to audit for one, two or three days of camp sessions. All participants enjoy amazing opportunities for great experiences and musical growth.

A typical day at MSJ includes two small group rehearsal sessions playing with a faculty member, plus :
• Midday Faculty Mini-Concerts 
• Workshops, electives and instrument specific master classes
• A catered lunch
• Jam sessions and networking

Camp Survey

An annual survey asks participants to evaluate the workshops and request what they want in the future. The response has been incredibly positive. Student and faculty feedback continues to shape our programs.


MSJ offers one full scholarships to gifted HS or college students: The Paul Phillips Memorial Scholarship. See the Scholarship Page for information. The application deadline is June 1, 2015.

Audition Process

No worries! We serve most any jazz musician. Classes are grouped according to skill level to serve the most advanced (semi-pro and college players) along with the newcomers.

If you are a new student to Maryland Summer Jazz, please mail with your application form a short (5 minutes or less) recording of yourself improvising over one or two songs. The first song should be a 12 bar blues. Play-along CD accompaniment (Aebersold, etc.) is suitable.

Pianists, Guitaristsplease have both comping and soloing on your recording.
Bassistsplease have both walking and soloing on your recording.
Drummers please have both timekeeping/swing, and soloing on your
recording. Also include a Latin/Bossa Nova groove tune if possible.

Vocalists - Sing two jazz style tunes, including a blues tune if possible. Include singling the melody, and scatting a solo, if you are comfortable with scatting.

Media accepted are cassette tape, CD, and DVD.
You may also email an MP3 (9MB or less) to

Maryland Summer Jazz Camp Location

St. Mark Presbyterian Church,
10701 Old Georgetown RD
Rockville, Maryland
Located at I-270 and Old Georgetown Road

* Note: Please do not send applications or checks to the camp location.
MSJ mailing address: 217 A Bowie Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401