who have been playing symphonic and/or band instruments for at least two years and who are entering 8th grade, through high school graduates. This year, we will have one week of camp with multiple symphonic and jazz groups. All campers are expected to perform their major scales and the prepared camp pieces upon arriving at camp. Be sure to check out the audition requirements page before enrolling to ensure that our camp will be a good fit for your student (s).
All students attending the UNF Summer Music Camps will audition upon
for symphonic band chair placement and jazz band placement if applicable. All
campers can participate in both types of large
ensembles. Advanced improvisers may also audition separately for the camp Jazz
Combos. Classical small groups are also available.
students will be placed in an ensemble with other students at or near their
level of playing ability. This will make the ensembles sound better and also
helps the director to select appropriate music.
All students will be asked to play major scales
and to sight-read. We want to hear that you know your scales and listen to your
tone quality and range. You will be given a short excerpt to sight-read. Students who select Jazz Ensemble will play the jazz audition materials as well. Audition materials can be found here.
campers will have daily masterclasses for their instruments and will take music
theory class. Campers will also choose from a host of electives including:
conducting, music technology, chamber music (small groups) and jazz improvisation. Each evening, extended-day and overnight campers will be
treated to a faculty concert and will have the opportunity to perform for their
fellow campers as well.
Absolutely. All camp faculty and staff go
through a rigorous screening process and campers will be monitored at all time.
Camp staff will also be available by phone for parents to call should a problem
food is awesome! Campers will dine at the Osprey Café, a buffet-style
dining facility on campus that caters to all
dietary needs, including vegetarian, gluten-free, etc…
If you know who you plan to room with in advance, list your desired roommate on
your camp application. If not, arrange for your roommate to check in to the
dorm at the same time and tell the counselor whom you want to room with. You
may also e-mail Dr. Bovenzi with your roommate request.
You will be asked which ensembles you prefer when you audition.
Performing in a large ensemble is an important part of musical
If your camper does not play a band instrument (i.e. jazz rhythm section) then they will be exempt from playing in a large ensemble in the high
the camp offers three or more levels of music theory. We want to place you with
other students at or near your level of theory ability. High School camp only.
selection and chair placement rely a great deal on sight-reading. Because of
time constraints we cannot spend a large amount of time with each student. The
auditions are fair because each student is given the same amount of time and the
same excerpt to read. The bands have a short amount of time to prepare for Friday’s
concert and we need players of similar ability to make up each band.
We want you to feel comfortable.
is not easy for us to place you in a different band because of the
instrumentation requirements of the ensembles. It is unfair to the other
players to shift students who earned their chairs via audition.
combo is a small jazz ensemble typically consisting of piano, bass, drums,
guitar, trumpet, trombone and saxophone.
are a limited number of combo positions available. We are limited by the amount
of rhythm sections attending the camp and playing ability. We do not feel it
educationally sound to pair beginning rhythm sections with advanced horn
players or vice versa. Combo is for advanced players and improvisers. See the
Jazz Combo audition requirements on the camp website.
be fair to you and the other students, we have to rely the judgment of the
faculty member that listened to the audition. Part of the fun of the camp is
getting to know students from other schools. Lifelong friendships are made each
year at the camp.
have no business being at UNF during the week of camp. They will be asked to
other music camps, we allow students to play more than one instrument. You will
need to audition on each instrument that you want to play. Since jazz bands
meet at the same time, you need to decide which instrument you prefer for jazz
band. If you notify us in advance, you can attend different master classes on
different days. For example; if a student plays saxophone and clarinet, they
may attend saxophone class one day and clarinet class on another. They will
play saxophone in a jazz band and clarinet in symphonic band. They can bring either
instrument to improvisation class. Be sure to list both instruments on your
Yes and no. You may bring your cell phone to
camp and use it before and after daily activities. Cell phones are not
permitted during camp courses and ensemble rehearsals. If you have a problem at
camp, tell a counselor, don’t call someone far away!