The Rockport Jazz Camp is a fun, engaging Camp for young musicians ages 9-18 to learn about improvisation, ensemble playing and much more!  Due to the tremendous success of the past two years, the Rockport Jazz Camp is expanding to two weeks this year.

The Camp offers two levels this year:

  • Beginner Track– recommended for beginner students and/or ages 9-12 (July 17-22 week only)
  • Intermediate/Advanced Track– recommended for students with 3+ years of music study and/or ages 12+ (one or both weeks)

Session 1: July 17-22

  • Beginner Track 
  • Intermediate/Advanced Track 

Session 2: July 24-29

  • Intermediate/Advanced Track 

Unless otherwise indicated, all Jazz Camp activities take place at Rockport High School Music Wing, 37 Jerdens Lane, Rockport, MA. 

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

Music students are encouraged to register online. Upon submitting the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on tuition payment. If you are mailing a hard copy of the registration form, please send a check along with the registration form to:

Rockport Jazz Camp
Rockport Music
37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966

Note: Scholarships are available on a limited basis. If you are applying for a scholarship, please indicate as such when completing the registration form.  After submission, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified about the status of your scholarship within two weeks of submitting your application.

The fee is $125 per session. REGISTER NOW!

Jazz Camp Faculty 

Alexa Tarantino, saxophone
(2014 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition Winner)
Anthony Covelli, saxophone
(Director of Bands, Rockport Schools)
Nick Finzer, trombone | Chris Ziemba, piano | Emiliano Lasansky, bass | Eric Metzgar, drums 

JAZZ CAMP HISTORY

The Rockport Jazz Camp, which was first held in August 2014, is the brainchild of two alumnae of the Eastman School of Music – saxophonist extraordinaire Alexa Tarantino and Rockport Music Director of Education and Outreach Stephanie Woolf. This past summer’s camp was an unqualified success (enrollment skyrocketed to 70 kids) so we will be expanding. Now there will be two amazing weeks of jazz!

Daily events typically include small group performance workshops covering jazz improvisation and music theory, jazz listening/history classes, masterclasses grouped by instrument, special guest masterclasses, and large ensemble performance workshops.  Students of any instrument, age, or skill level are encouraged to apply, although a background of 1-2 years on the primary instrument is preferred. No audition is required for the camp.

In addition to the daily routine of the camp, there are always several events that are free and open to the public. They are held in conjunction with Rockport Music’s Jazz Festival. These include events such as improvisation workshops, masterclasses and family concerts.

To find our more information about the Rockport Jazz Camp, please contact Stephanie Woolf at (978) 546-7391 ext. 116 or email her at ROCKPORTJAZZCAMP@rockportmusic.org

Camp sessions fill up quickly, register now to secure your spot at Rockport Jazz Camp!

JAZZ CAMP PERFORMANCES

SESSION 1

Wednesday, July 19, 7 PM
Rockport Jazz Camp Faculty Concert
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center

Friday, July 21, 12 PM 
Student Showcase Concert for Parents
Full student participation | Location: Rockport High School

Saturday, July 22, 10 AM
Special Visiting Artist-Teacher Concert 
Opening Act: Camp Student Ensemble  | Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center

SESSION 2

Wednesday, July 26, 7 PM
Alexa Tarantino Quintet
Alexa Tarantino, saxophones | Nick Finzer, trombone | Chris Ziemba, piano | Emiliano Lasansky, bass | Eric Metzgar, drums 
As Jazz Camp director and faculty, the Alexa Tarantino Quintet perform a free family concert featuring jazz standards and original compositions. An award-winning saxophonist, Alexa is currently based in New York City and performs regularly with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and various musical theater productions, in addition to her own projects. Alexa is also on faculty for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Education Programs.  Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center

Friday, July 28, 12 PM
Student Showcase Concert for Parents
Full student participation | Location: Rockport High School

Saturday, July 29, 10 AM
Special Visiting Artist-Teacher Concert 
Opening Act: Camp Student Ensemble  | Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center

The Rockport Jazz Camp is generously sponsored in part by
Mary and Frank Fritsch.