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Jazz Camp

The University of Tulsa School of Music presents its annual summer Jazz Camp, scheduled for July 7-13, 2024. The week-long day camp is open to all music students (instrumental and vocal), ninth grade through college, with all levels of skills and experience. The educational focus of the camp will be based on a curriculum encompassing jazz theory and ear training, jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz performance (big band, combo, guitar ensemble, vocal), and group lessons and masterclasses. Faculty for the camp includes TU faculty and professional musicians whose careers as teachers and players are well established and widely respected throughout the nation.

The camp will begin with a short orientation meeting and auditions on Sunday, July 7, and conclude with a 2 p.m. showcase concert on Saturday, July 13. Classes will start at 9 a.m. each morning with a lunch break from 12-12:50 p.m. Students are responsible for furnishing their own lunches. Classes resume at 1 p.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

View the information sheet for more details.


Camp placement audition

An orientation meeting and placement audition for all students will begin at 2 p.m. in the Lorton Performance Center on Sunday, July 7.

Students should prepare a jazz selection (etude, excerpt, or solo transcription) to demonstrate interpretation, tone, and technique. Students are also urged to demonstrate improvisation skills (optional for those entering at a beginning level of experience). A short sight-reading exercise will also be presented.

Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate the ability to play in multiple jazz styles: slow & fast swing, bossa nova, samba, ballad, funk, jazz waltz, etc.

Pianists, bassists, and guitarists will be asked to demonstrate reading both written notation and chord nomenclature.



Classes for the TU Jazz Camp will be held in the Lorton Performance Center on the campus of The University of Tulsa. The facility is located at 550 South Gary Place (between 5th Place and 8thStreet on South Gray Place facing east towards Harvard Avenue). The final Showcase Concert will also be presented at the Lorton Performance Center on Saturday, July 15th in the Gussman Auditorium.

Camp Enrollment & Fees

The fee for the week-long Jazz Camp is $250. This includes all materials, classes, music and camp T-shirt. Those registering before June 1 will receive a $50 early-enrollment discount.

Click here to register.

If you intend to pay with a check, please make it payable to “TU Jazz Camp,” include the student’s name in the memo line and mail it to:

TU Jazz Camp
School of Music
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK  74104

Full payment is due by July 7, 2024.

For more information about the TU Jazz Camp, please contact Vernon Howard at vernon-howard@utulsa.edu.