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Welcome to the website for the Hilton Head Jazz Camp, the premier summer jazz camp located in beautiful Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Our jazz camp is available to aspiring intermediate and advanced music students ages 14-20 in middle school, high school and college who wish to improve their jazz skills with an immersive study in improvisation, theory, combos, masterclasses, big band and elective courses with our professional faculty.  This year, our camp will take place from July 9-14, 2018, daily from 9am-4pm with additional evening performances and  activities. 

In 2017, we had 105 students representing many schools across the country attend the Hilton Head Jazz Camp or one of our other summer jazz programs.  In addition to the main camp, we are again offering our beginner jazz clinic (ages 10-14) and jazz guitar institute (ages 14-18) June 25-29 daily from 1-4pm.  All of our programs are hosted at Hilton Head Christian Academy, a 13-acre campus, only 3 miles from the Atlantic Ocean!

Check out our highlight video from the 2017 Jazz Camp Finale:

Read through our program descriptions below:

Hilton Head Jazz Camp (recommended ages 14-20): $379 including a weeklong full day camp with 15 full-time professional faculty & guest artists (July 9-14, 9am-4pm) with a camp recital and finale performance. With a combination of large big bands, small combos, theory, improv, elective courses, masterclasses and performances, this premier jazz camp is geared towards intermediate to advanced middle and high school students. Tuition also includes a daily chef-catered lunch & all daytime activities, faculty recital, special mid-week lunch masterclass at the Jazz Corner, and 2 complimentary tickets to the finale performance on July 14th at 2pm. Supervised overnight lodging is also available on a limited basis for students (14+) from outside of the region for an additional $350 at a well-established local hotel.

With the sponsorship of the Junior Jazz Foundation, financial and merit-based scholarships are available along with automatic discounts for jazz camp alumni, siblings and honor band students. Scholarship applicants can apply online @ http://bit.ly/hhjazzcamp-scholarship immediately following their registration. Any awarded scholarships will be applied to the final tuition amount.

Placement auditions will be held on the first day of camp to determine the appropriate ensemble for our students. The final tuition invoice and information packet will be e-mailed out on a rolling basis beginning in March. Please note that the $50 registration fee is separate from tuition.

Jazz Camp Registration is NOW open @ hhjazzcamp.eventbrite.com

•  Hilton Head Jazz Clinic (recommended ages 10-14): $179 includes a 3-hour daily jazz clinic with college jazz camp alumni and local music professionals (June 25-29, 1pm-4pm), music trip to Savannah, and finale performance on June 29. Our fourth annual jazz clinic is a combination of private lessons, small combos, with instruction in theory/improv geared towards beginning students beginning their journey into jazz and improvisation. This clinic also includes a music trip to Savannah on the morning of Wednesday, June 27 with a tour of JodiJazz and Benedetto guitars. A final clinic performance will be held in the HHCA Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 29th at 5pm. Only one year of playing experience is required for this clinic.

Here is the detailed schedule of the HH Jazz Clinic:

June 25-26: 1-4pm (Jazz Clinic Rehearsal)

June 27: 9am-TBA (Music Field Trip to Savannah)

June 28-29: 1-4pm (Jazz Clinic Rehearsal), 5pm Finale Performance (June 29 only)

No audition is required. Students will be billed for tuition following the completion of registration. Please note that the $50 registration fee is separate from tuition.

Jazz Clinic Registration is NOW open @ hhjazzclinic.eventbrite.com

 •  Hilton Head Jazz Guitar Institute (recommended ages 14-18): $179 includes a 3-hour daily jazz guitar clinic (June 25-29, 1pm-4pm) with professional jazz guitarist Jackson Evans, a mid-week music trip, and finale performance on June 29. This new program is offered as a way for guitarists to have a grasp on how to play jazz in a non-competitive setting and improve upon and reading, ensemble playing and improvisation. At least two to three years of playing experience is a pre-requisite for the jazz guitar institute. This program is a highly recommended for any guitarists who also plan on attending the Hilton Head Jazz Camp and a discount is provided for those that enroll in both options. During the week, there is also a music trip to Savannah on the morning of Wednesday, June 27 with a tour of JodiJazz and Benedetto guitars. A final joint performance with the Hilton Head Jazz Clinic will be held in the HHCA Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 29th at 5pm.

Here is the detailed schedule of the HH Jazz Guitar Institute:

June 25-26: 1-4pm (Jazz Guitarist Institute Rehearsal)

June 27: 9am-TBA (Morning Music Trip to Savannah)

June 28-29: 1-4pm (Jazz Guitar Institute Rehearsal), 5pm Finale Performance (June 29 only)

No audition is required. Students will be billed for tuition on a rolling basis beginning in March. Please note that the $50 registration fee is separate from tuition.

Jazz Guitar Institute Registration is NOW open @ hhjazzguitar.eventbrite.com

If you are looking at the Hilton Head Jazz Camp for the first time, browse our site to see more details about our location, schedule, tuition rates, placement audition process, scholarship availability, lodging options and read about our terrific faculty here at the HHJC.   What are the reasons for choosing the Hilton Head Jazz Camp?

Here are a few stand-out features to our camp including:

We are proudly part of the Junior Jazz Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which aims to promote jazz education for the next generation.  In addition to the Junior Jazz Foundation, we are supported by a number of private donors.  If you have any questions or are interested in the supporting the Hilton Head Jazz Camp, contact us, or join our Facebook group.

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