Jonathan Ragonese, Director
Monday, July 12, 2021 through Friday, July 16, 2021; 10am – 4pm
For advanced middle school and all high school students.

View the 2021 Summer Jazz Camp flyer

We are pleased to announce that our 2021 WCU Summer Music Camps will be offered as in-person commuter day camps. All 2021 summer camp registration will take place online. We expect our online registration to open around May 3rd.

West Chester University’s Summer Jazz Camp will take place from Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16, 2021. For summer 2021 our Summer Jazz Camp will offer a commuter day camp for advanced middle school and all high school students. Daily boxed lunches will be provided. Participants will explore jazz improvisation, arranging, orchestration, jazz history and performance techniques. Visiting artists as well as the WCU faculty will perform and conduct masterclasses on various subjects. All participants will need to have a knowledge of scales, be able to read music, transpose and be proficient on the instrument.




Honors Track

An honors track is available for advanced students. Honors track students will be placed in an additional ensemble (Honors Jazz Band), and they will rehearse for and perform at the Thursday evening Criterions Alumni Reunion Concert.

Honors track applicants must submit a private/unlisted YouTube recording of two jazz tunes (one swing and one Latin) performed with a big band, combo, or play-along accompaniment. The recording should demonstrate both the melody and improvisation (drummers should demonstrate soloing by trading 4s). The audition video must be submitted along with the student’s application and deposit. Please email your unlisted YouTube video link to summermusiccamps@wcupa.edu. Acceptance into the Honors Jazz Band will be announced at the start of camp.

Fees and Registration Options

Fees: $450.00

Registration Options: All 2021 summer camp registrations will take place online

How to Register

Questions? Contact us at (610) 436-2921 or summermusiccamps@wcupa.edu


High School Music Camp


  • Refund Policy: Partial refunds will only be issued after the receipt of a written cancellation notice. Our Summer Jazz Camp fees include a $200.00 non-refundable deposit/processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after the Institute begins on July 12th.
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