UW-Green Bay hosts jazz ensemble and vocal jazz camp

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is once again hosting the summer jazz camp, “Jazz on the Bay: Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz.”

Students entering grades 8 through 12 can sign up for the summer music camp, held June 26-30, at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

UW-Green Bay jazz professors and camp co-directors John and Chris Salerno are bringing back what they describe as a “one-of-a-kind jazz experience” for instrumentalists and vocalists.

With a variety of jazz styles and musical genres to choose from, students will have performance opportunities they might not encounter in most school programs. Their experience will combine vocal jazz ensembles with jazz ensemble instrumentalists, as well as featured tunes from each type of ensemble.

Prof. John Salerno, director of the jazz studies program at UW-Green Bay and a talented saxophone player, has toured and played professionally with notable groups and artists. Chris Salerno directs UW-Green Bay’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which won an Outstanding Vocal Jazz Ensemble Award at the 2004 Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. Chris Salerno will be directing and teaching the vocal jazz portion of the camp.

In addition, jazz instructors from across the region will help camp participants become “more confident and inspired performers.” Camp instructors at the time of writing include Steve Johnson – sax, Green Bay; Prof. Adam Gaines – trumpet, UW-Green Bay; Evan Halloin – bass, Florida; Jennifer Scovell-Parker – vocal jazz, St. Paul, Minn.; and Terry Iattoni – drums, Green Bay. Additional staff updates will be posted on the camps website at www.uwgbsummercamps.com.

Special features of the camp include a talent show, scholarships for the 2012 camp, and a free public concert featuring the camp faculty at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in UW-Green Bay’s University Theatre. The camp week will end with a free public performance by the student jazz groups at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30 in the University Theatre. Outstanding students will be chosen to receive partial scholarships to the 2012 jazz camp.

Jazz on the Bay begins with auditions and an all-camp meeting on Sunday, June 26. Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Students who live on campus will have supervised evening activities.

Students may attend the camp as commuters or they may live in student housing on the UW-Green Bay campus. Camp fees are $259 for commuters and $495 for residents. In addition to instruction, the residential fee includes room and board, a T-shirt, counselor supervision, and transportation to evening activities.

Camp information and registration are available online at www.uwgbsummercamps.com. Information also is available by phone at (920) 465-2775 or (800) 621-2313.

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