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Music Makers Youth Jazz Camp



Music Makers Youth Jazz Camp


Safety Protocols

  • All staff, guest artists and students will be required to wear a mask throughout the camp except when actively eating, drinking or playing a wind or brass instrument. Each student will have their temperature taken by infrared thermometer on their forehead when they arrive at Artis—Naples. Students with a temperature over 100.4 will be asked to leave.

Application Process

  • Please complete the application with the link above.
  • Once the application is submitted, you will be notified of acceptance or decline within 5-7 business days.
  • Applicants shall be notified of their acceptance status by May 14.
  • Students who are not currently members of the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Youth Orchestra will be required to submit a video audition with their registration.
    • Blues Improvisation
      • Students will be asked to improvise over a medium tempo B flat concert blues.
      • Trombone, piano, guitar, bass, vibraphone: B Flat blues
      • Trumpet and tenor saxophone: C blues.
      • Alto and baritone saxophone: G blues.
    • Solo Piece
      • Student should prepare a solo piece of choice. Examples include:
        • Play the melody and/or improvise on a standard tune.
        • Play the melody and/or improvise on a jazz original.
        • Play the melody on a ballad.
        • Play a solo transcription.
        • Play a jazz etude.
    • Rhythm Section Addendum (piano, guitar, bass, drums):
      • Piano and guitar will be asked to comp and create own voicings from chord changes (not required to participate).
      • Bass will be asked to walk and create own bass line from chord changes (not required to participate).
      • Drums are asked to demonstrate swing and Latin styles (bossa nova and Afro Cuban).


$300. Financial assistance is available based on need.

Members of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra and other jazz students ages 12 to 17 are invited to challenge themselves in a fun, yet intensive week packed with seminars, rehearsals, master classes and a final performance. Each day, students will work together in combo groups to practice essential jazz performance skills, especially improvisation, led by Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra member and Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra director Dan Miller.


Students will rotate between seminars, rehearsals, instrumental master classes and other instructional time.


Artis—Naples, Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus


June 28–July 2, 2021


July 2, 2021
Artis—Naples, Hayes Hall

If you have questions, please contact Katie Moilanen, youth ensembles coordinator at kmoilanen@artisnaples.org or by calling 239-254-2672.

The Music Makers Youth Summer Camps are generously sponsored by Ellen and Frank Previte.

All programming and dates are subject to change. Artis—Naples will comply with guidance from Federal, state and local authorities and will be responsible and measured in decisions about events. As has been true since this public health crisis began, Artis—Naples main priority remains the health and safety of patrons, musicians, team members, visiting artists, students and the wider community.


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