Summer Jazz at Rivers is a two-week immersion into jazz studies for students entering grades 3-12; however, younger students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Both students new to jazz/improvisation and more experienced players are welcome.
Informal auditions are held in order to place students in the appropriate level classes and combos. Students should prepare one or two jazz tunes that best demonstrates his/her abilities. Auditions are scheduled by appointment with the director after an online application has been submitted. In lieu of an audition, International or returning students may submit a video to Philippe Crettien.
Daily Combo Rehearsals
Each student is placed in a combo of 4-7 players of similar age/ability. Combos work with a jazz faculty member and perform at the end of the session.
Students are grouped by ability; beginners focus on blues form and time, more advanced students work on chord-based approaches and more complex harmonic/rhythmic developments.
Faculty perform and work with the students on jazz improvisation, technique, and ensemble interaction.
Students choose two electives which meet twice weekly; options include: piano for non-pianists, rhythm section lab, jazz composition, hand drumming, and GarageBand/Logic class.
Lunch & Recreation
Students can take part in a variety of Rivers Day Camp activities, including archery, soccer, softball, kickball, frisbee, volleyball, whiffleball, and art activities. Daily lunch is also provided.
Early Drop-Off and/or Late Afternoon Pick-Up
We also offer early morning drop-off, which runs from 8:00-9:00 am ($150 per session), and late afternoon pick-up, which runs from 3:30-5:00 pm ($200 per session). This service offers supervised activities. You may choose the morning, the afternoon, or both.
Limited need-based financial aid is available for summer programs. To apply please complete the application prior to your audition date. Application and complete information can be found on the Financial Aid page.
Philippe Crettien, Summer Jazz Director