Mason Jazz Camp

Mason Jazz Camp

The Mason Jazz Camp, held on the George Mason University Fairfax Campus, is an inclusive, intensive program, for musicians (instrumental and vocal) of all levels, with a desire to advance their musical artistry and professionalism. (Responsible people of all ages are welcome to attend.) 

The Mason Jazz Camp offers classes in improvisation, jazz theory, ear training, performance practice (big bands and combos), composition, arranging and jazz history. Students have the opportunity to study and participate in master classes and concerts with leading educators and performers in the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland region.

Event Information

Mason Jazz Camp 2024

June 24, 2024 - June 28, 2024 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The final student concert will take place on Friday, June 28, 2024, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Center for Arts.

  • Sample Schedule:
    • 8:00 am - Check-in begins
    • 8:30 am - Improvisation
    • 9:30 am - Theory
    • 10:30 am - Large Ensemble rehearsal
    • 12:00 noon - Lunch
    • 1:00 pm - Instrument masterclasses with Mason Jazz Faculty
    • 2:00 pm - Combo rehearsal
    • 3:30 pm - Concert by a professional jazz group
    • 4:30 pm - Camp day ends

Commuter and Residential Options: 

$480 - Commuter (does not include meals) 
$915 - Residential (Double Room, includes 3 meals a day) 
$970 - Residential (Single Room, includes 3 meals a day) 

Residential options close at midnight on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Commuter registration available until start of the camp.

Special Guest Artist for Summer 2024 is American Jazz pianist and composer, Cyrus Chestnut!

Camp Coordinator: John Kocur

American Jazz pianist and composer, Cyrus Chestnut, will be the special guest artist this summer.
American Jazz pianist and composer, Cyrus Chestnut, will be the special guest artist for summer 2024.

Mason Jazz Intensive 2024

Mason is pleased to announce a new for-credit option for the Mason Jazz Camp.

Educators seeking professional development may participate in the Mason Jazz Intensive and earn two college credits. Participants will have a chance to explore improvisation, expand their theory knowledge, and participate in ensembles while learning valuable pedagogical tools along the way. The MJI is ideal for K-12 educators and private instructors who wish to gain additional experience in jazz and grow professionally. This course runs concurrently with the Mason Jazz Camp.

Tuition is $1,144.00 for one week. Register for MUSI 592 Section 601 through the Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) office. For-credit courses are subject to CPE policies, in addition to Mason Jazz Camp policies. 

Mason Jazz Camp Concerts (3:30pm - 4:30pm); Center for the Arts

All concerts are free and open to the public. No camp registration or tickets required to attend. 

June 24: Mason Jazz Camp Faculty Showcase

June 25: Leigh Pilzer

June 26: Cyrus Chestnut

June 27: USAF Airmen of Note

June 28: Student Showcase (2:00pm - 4:00pm)