Jazz thrives and grows when it is passed unselfishly from generation to generation. Come to the Idyllwild Summer Jazz Intensive and learn from a generation of greats. This two-week session is built around the return of Jazz In The Pines, giving students an exciting opportunity to learn from and see performances from Jazz greats in an intimate festival environment, a truly unique experience not offered at other camps.
June 30 – July 13, 2024
Two week session
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Morning, exact time and location TBD
14 – 17
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students
Up your jazz playing by learning from some of the best jazz artists in the country – professionals who earn a living playing and teaching the next generation of musicians. In this summer jazz camp, you’ll get the opportunity to rehearse and perform daily in big bands and combos, as well as get specialized coaching on your instrument. The daily curriculum will include music theory, arranging and improvisational techniques, and master classes. Guest artists and faculty perform with students at concerts held at the end of each week.
A recorded audition is required for acceptance. The priority audition deadline is February 1, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Honor Music Discounts are reduced after April 15. Students returning from Summer 2023 will be automatically accepted and do not need to submit an audition video. Be sure to apply early to guarantee your seat in this transformative and inspirational summer music experience.
Students who attended Jazz in the Pines Student Clinic in 2023 do not have to re-audition to attend in 2024. You will be automatically accepted and will be contacted to confirm your attendance through CampInTouch after you complete your application. All other applicants should submit an audition following the guidelines below.
Video files (30-60 seconds each):
Video 1: Ensemble playing
Student playing written jazz literature with school ensemble (rehearsal or performance)
Video 2: Improvisation
Student improvising on F or Bb blues in a swing style; 2-3 choruses
Backing tracks are permitted.
Video 3: (Optional)
Student may submit a third video displaying additional ensemble and/or improvisational skills (should be different repertoire from the first two videos)
Complete an online Camper application through CampInTouch.
Once you have completed the Camper Application, your application will be reviewed within 5 days by a member of the Enrollment team. At this time, you will be charged the $50 application fee and receive an email with a link to the Submittable audition application for you to submit your audition.
Complete the Submittable audition application and provide an email address for your teacher recommendation form within Submittable.
We use the platform Submittable to receive all auditions for the Summer Program (a universal platform utilized for exhibitions, contests and even university and job applications). It is very easy to use. You will be prompted to set up a free Submittable account with your email. This account can be used for any future open calls you apply to at Idyllwild Arts and beyond!
Priority Audition Deadline: February 1, 2024
First round evaluation will take place shortly after this date. You will be notified of acceptance as soon as evaluations are complete. Auditions will be reviewed on a rolling basis after February 1. Please allow up to two weeks for a response to allow time for faculty evaluation.
Secondary Audition Deadline: April 15, 2024
The Honor Music Discount is reduced from $1200 to $800 for a two-week program after April 15.
Honors Music Discounts
Music students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for a discount of $1,200 for a two-week program and $600 for a one-week music program. After April 15, the Honor Discount is reduced to $800 for a two-week program and $400 for a one-week program so get your auditions in early! Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.
Enrollment Process for Honor Discount:
Fill out the online application using the Register Now button on our website.
In the application, we ask if your child is in an honor group or band.
Please fill in the Honor band questions when prompted in the application.
You will not see the deduction for the Honor Music discount when you get to the payment page – as this is a discount, it must be manually applied by a member of the registration team.
When you submit your application, your card will not be charged immediately, as music students’ applications need to be reviewed for:
Audition requirements (if applicable for the program)
Honor Music Group verification – we ask that you provide verification that your child is part of the Honor group you listed in the application.
Once we receive the application, we will review it within a week and:
Send you email instructions for verifying Honor group participation
Send you email instructions for completing the audition
After the audition is reviewed and your child is accepted, we will manually enroll your child and apply the Honor Discount.
To verify your child’s participation in an Honor Ensemble:
Log on to your CampInTouch account (parent’s account*).
Click on the yellow pencil icon to go to the Forms & Documents page.
You will then need to complete the following forms:
Honor Music Group Verification Form**:
Upload a document in PDF format verifying your membership in an All-State or Honor ensemble using the Upload Honor Music Group Verification by clicking in the arrow on the right-hand side of the form. (Examples of verification include a concert program, acceptance letter, or participation certificate.)
*Forms & Documents are only available on the parent’s CampInTouch account, not the camper’s account.
** Detailed instructions for uploading PDF documents are available on your CampInTouch account.
If you have any questions, we would be happy to help! Contact the Summer Registration Office by email at email@example.com or by phone at (951) 468-7265.
Plan to bring your own folding music stand and equipment marked with your name. Rhythm section players should bring instruments unless you are flying to Idyllwild and transporting the equipment is not possible. Idyllwild Arts cannot provide individual instruments or personal equipment.
Jazz Instrumental Intensive Required Attire
Casual dress for all concerts
Collared shirt or blouse (short sleeve is fine)
Long slacks or dresses/skirts below the knee
A typical day starts off with a morning of classes, taught by acclaimed jazz performers and educators. At 9:00, younger students attend classes in music theory; more advanced students attend classes in arranging and composing, which culminates in performances of student work. At 10:00, students attend master classes on their specific instruments, where specific playing techniques are discussed in detail. At 11:00, students stay with their instrument groupings, but shift emphasis to Jazz Improvisation; under the guidance of their instructors, students play improvised solos every day.
After lunch, the emphasis shifts to ensemble rehearsals, with the faculty becoming directors; big band and combo (small ensemble rehearsals) occur throughout the afternoon. Students are placed in ensembles according to their ability and experience (determined by an audition on the first day of camp).
The instrument listing is for the purposes of a student’s primary assignment in a big band; there is flexibility as to what a student would play in a master class or combo.
Instrument and Target #
Bass (Upright/Electric) 5
Guitar – Electric 5
Sax – Alto 5
Sax – Baritone 2
Sax – Tenor 5
Trombone – Tenor 8
Trombone – Bass 2
*The instrument breakdown listed above is a projection of the intended enrollment for the program – actual final enrollment may vary slightly from this at the conductor’s discretion.
Tom Hynes (Auxiliary Jazz Chair/Guitar) is an educator, guitarist and composer. Tom is a full time Professor of Music at Azusa Pacific University, and also serves on the faculties of Idyllwild Arts Academy and St. Catherine’s Academy. Credits include Hubert Laws, Liza Minelli, Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the US Department of State. He has composed music for the Smithsonian Institute and the Orange County Museum of Art. Jazz recordings include The Sun Shop and Tom Hynes and Marshall Hawkins: Live at The Fret House.
John Daversa is a distinguished trumpet-player, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader and educator. He is also a multiple Grammy Award winner and nominee and the recipient of countless other awards and honors. In addition to his active career as a performer and recording artist he is currently Professor and Chair of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Dr. Daversa’s celebrated career has included appearances on “The Today Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” as well as such musical gatherings as Live 8 in Berlin, the Hamburg Music Festival, the Java Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreux Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He has recorded with such notable and distinguished artists as Herbie Hancock, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Dori Caymi, Andraé Crouch, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets. https://www.johndaversa.com/
Marshall Hawkins (bass/ rhythm section) was fortunate to know from an early age that he was meant to be a musician. In 1964, Marshall decided to pick up the bass – and the rest is history. His first professional performance was with Betty Gray, the great Blues singer and pianist. In his mid-20s, Shirley Horn, the amazing Jazz vocalist, chose Marshall as her bassist – her youngest ever. He played with Shirley for almost five years, and then another life-changing opportunity presented itself.
In the late 60s, Marshall joined the Miles Davis quintet (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Williams) and toured throughout the United States. In 1971, Marshall organized the Marshall Hawkins Quintet and played in the Washington D.C. area until the late 70s when another opportunity appeared. Eddie Jefferson (the innovator of “vocalese”) invited Marshall to come to California to be his bassist. From this gig, Marshall was chosen to tour internationally with saxophonist Richie Cole. In the 90s, Marshall’s musical collaborators included Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Pharaoh Sanders, the Manhattan Transfer, and other Jazz greats.
In 1978, Marshall moved to Idyllwild, California, home of the internationally famous high school for the arts. In 1986, he founded the Jazz program at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, serving as the head of the Jazz Department until his retirement. In addition to teaching Jazz as an art form, Marshall has mentored hundreds of talented young people who he still consider to be “his kids.”
Dan St. Marseille is a renowned Jazz saxophonist/clarinetist who plays in the tradition of all the jazz legends. Employing a warm tone and melodic approach, he has won praise from jazz critics worldwide and has worked with many major jazz and commercial artists and bands.
Dan’s recordings are heard internationally on jazz radio and have been the subject of articles in such publications as Downbeat, JazzTimes, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Japan’s Jazz Critic magazine, France’s International Herald Tribune, among others. St. Marseille’s recordings have received four star ratings in the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz; The Experts Guide to the Best Jazz.
Mr. St. Marseille is a sought-after Jazz performer and director as well as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician and a D’Addario Woodwind Performing Artist. In addition to performances on numerous local and national tours, Dan has performed in Europe, Canada and many jazz clubs and festivals including a headline performance at the prestigious Coleman Hawkins Festival in Topeka, Kansas. In addition, in May of 2001, Dan was the music director for an international event entitled Clickin’ with Clax at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Saxophonist Paul Carman has been playing jazz “his way” around Los Angeles for over 35 years. He is a veteran of the Frank Zappa Band of the late 1980’s (in Frank’s own words, “The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life.”) He toured with Zappa and recorded on the aforementioned CD plus “Make a Jazz Noise Here”, “Broadway the Hardway”, and several other Zappa compilations. Other artists Paul has played and recorded with include Kei Akagi, Vinny Golia, Bruce Fowler, Larry Koonse, Chad Wackerman, Kim Richmond, Brad Dutz, as well as the usual list of show band types (ie. Dick Dale and the Del Tones).
Paul has led many of his own original jazz groups over the years including “Mother Tongue”, “E.S.P.”, “Triorbits”, “Flying V”, and his current band “Fourbits”. He is also member of the Los Angeles avant collective “WEDU”, a collaboration with trombonist Joey Sellers and saxophonist Matt Zebley. An accomplished composer he has released 4 critically acclaimed CD’s under his name and has composed and recorded music for several independent films.
Paul is very passionate and committed to jazz education. He has taught jazz, jazz history, saxophone, and computer music applications at USC, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Saddleback College, and several high schools around the country. He is the developer of the acclaimed jazz teaching tool “CD Metronome”, used in virtually every jazz school in the world. Paul also maintains a private teaching practice where he mentors young students into the jazz world. Paul is currently professor of jazz studies and saxophone teacher at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, California where he resides with his family.
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