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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.  Next 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):  A full day camp with 15 full-time professional faculty (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 catered lunch & all daytime activities, masterclasses, and 2 complimentary tickets to the finale performance on July 15th at 2pm.  Students will be billed for tuition following the completion of registration.  Please note that the registration fee is separate from tuition.  Students should have had 3+ years of playing experience, but no audition is required for entry into the camp.  Placement auditions will be held on the first day of camp to determine the appropriate ensemble for our students.   Tuition for the 2018 camp is to be released at a later date

•  Hilton Head Jazz Clinic (recommended ages 10-14):  A 3-hour daily jazz clinic with college jazz camp alumni and upcoming faculty (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.  Only one year of playing experience is required for this clinic.  This clinic also includes a music trip to Savannah on 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.  No audition is required.   Tuition for the 2018 jazz clinic is to be released at a later date.  

 •  Hilton Head Jazz Guitar Institute (recommended ages 14-18):  A 3-hour daily jazz guitar clinic for intermediate to advanced high school guitarists (June 25-29, 1pm-4pm) with Savannah’s own Jackson Evans, music trip to Savannah, 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.  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.  Also included is a music trip to Savannah on Wednesday, June 27th with a tour of JodiJazz and Benedetto guitars.  A final joint performance with the jazz clinic students will be held in the HHCA Performing Arts Center on Thursday, June 29th at 5pm.  No audition is required.   Tuition for the 2018 jazz guitar institute is to be released at a later date

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 the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, Delta Sigma Theta and 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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