Camp Hoagy Jazz Camp 2014 will not be available this year. Thanks for visiting, and we hope to see you next year!

Sponsored by the Elkhart Jazz Festival

Sunday afteroon, June 15th, through Saturday morning, June 21, 2014, held in Goshen, Indiana, near Elkhart, on the beautiful Goshen College campus!

"I probably wouldn't be a jazz musician today if it weren't for the inspiration I gained at the Mammoth Lakes and Sacramento Jazz Camps,directed by Bill Dendle." ~ Bria Skonberg

The emphasis is on playing in the Elkhart Jazz Festival on Friday, June 20.   And, it's playing in small band units, with coaching provided by professional musicians and educators who help develop jazz abilities in:
• Improvisation
• Instrumental technique
• Harmony and scales
• How to create Jazz Solos
• How to improvise ensemble parts
• How to play in different jazz styles
• Playing from music, and by ear
• Whatever you want to know about playing jazz

Who can attend?
Camp Hoagy is open to musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 as of April 1, 2014. Students must be able to play their instruments. The camp is not for learning how to play; it's for learning how to play jazz. All instruments are welcome. The enrollment limit is approximately 50 students, tho that number is somewhat flexible.  Note:  The camp is primarily a playing experience not a classroom experience!

The Costs?
The total cost for instruction, housing, food, materials and in-town transportation is $850.00 for on-campus students and $650 for “day” students.   Each student is responsible for transportation to and from the camp. Many jazz societies offer scholarships for camp programs as do other organizations such as Kiwanis, Optimists, etc. Investigate the opport- unities in your community or contact us for further information. Several other possiblilities exist online: Google “jazz camp scholarships.”

When does it happen?
From Sunday afternoon June 15 through the morning of June 21.  Daily classes will be Monday through Thursday and participation in the first day of the Elkhart Jazz Festival on Friday.   Students will be released on Saturday morning afer breakfast.  (Day students will not need come to the campus on Saturday.)


On campus students will stay seven nights at Goshen College in college dormitories and use the college venues for classes and performances from Sunday through Thursday before performing at the festival Friday.   Meals are provided and students will be under adult supervision at all times during the camp.

In addition to music instruction and band practice, Camp Hoagy provides recreational opportunities, adequate time for rest and reflection; and a trip on Friday morning to three band instrument companies before performing in the festival Friday afternoon and evening. 

Student Performance?

Students will perform on all class days (and evenings) and then, especially, at the Elkhart Jazz Festival Friday afternoon and evening.   Music theory is part of the camp, but only to the extent that it applies to your needs as you play in their environment.

Camp Application?    

Instructions and the form to cut out and send with a letter and short essay can be found by clicking on the Application form.    Applications  along with the essay and the letter of recommendation are to be sent to the Camp Curriculum Director, Bill Dendle who will  notifiy the students.

Camp Hoagy
C/O Bill Dendle
PO Box 13744who
Sacramento, CA 95853-3744

More Links
Music Center at Goshen College
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Elkhart, Indianaimage
Greater Elkhart Chamberimage