Furman University and Greenville Jazz Collective
Summer Jazz Camp

Registration CLOSED Monday May 16
Cancellation WAIT List in progress.

Monday June 27 - Thursday June 30

A joint program of Furman Music and the non-profit Greenville Jazz Collective, Summer Jazz Camp 2016 is a unique experience designed to help middle and high school students of all levels fuel their jazz performance skills. Students will take daily classes in jazz theory, improvisation, and jazz history, perform in a big band and/or jazz combo, and participate in daily jam sessions. The camp includes an evening faculty recital and a final student concert, both of which are open to the public. Students of all instruments can apply, particularly this who play saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass (electric and/or acoustic), and drums.
Private lessons are available for an additional fee of $30 per 1/2 hour lesson.
Location: Daniel Music Building and the Nan Trammel Herring Music Pavilion, Furman University campus, Greenville, SC.
This is a day camp (no on-campus housing). 
 - Campus Map.
 - Book a hotel. (Transportation not provided.)
 - Airport: GSP Greenville-Spartanburg International

Typical Day 8am-6pm

7:45  Arrive and Warm-up
8:00  Camp Meeting
8:30  Big Band Rehearsal / Rhythm section special topics class
10:00 Jazz History / Listening class
11:00 Improvisation Class
12:00 Lunch / free time / lessons
1:30   Combo rehearsal
3:30   Master classes (separated by instrument)
4:30   Big Band rehearsal / Rhythm section special topics class
6:00   Dismissal

Closing concert: 4:30pm, Thursday, June 30.  Free Admission.  Public invited.


The camp director is Dr. Matt Olson, Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Saxophone at Furman University.  All instruction at the camp is provided by members of the Greenville Jazz Collective, a renowned non-profit organization that promotes jazz education and performance in the Upstate.  Through its big band, original music series, guest artists, camps, school visits, and festivals, the GJC is the premier jazz organization in Greenville.
Matt Olson, saxophone, director
Tom Wright, saxophone
Brad Jepson, trombone
Jake Mitchell, trumpet


  • Commuter Cost: $375  (includes 4 lunch, 1 dinner)
  • Private lessons optional: $30 per half hour, limit of 2

Parents, use the web form to register your student and pay by credit card or print a copy and *mail with check to the address listed below. *Registrations are not considered until full payment is received.  Full payment is expected at time of registration.

May 1: Registration Closes
$100 non-refundable upon application
$200 non-refundable as of June 1
No refunds after June 26


SIBLING Discount: -$75 per student
To earn the sibling discount, brothers and sisters must be from the same household and apply at the same time.
FURMAN Faculty/Staff Discount: -$75 per student
For children of current Furman employees. Specify department and phone extension on application.

Need a bit of financial assistance?  The Greenville Jazz Collective would like to help. Contact Brad Jepson for more information or call 864-214-6810

Scholarship funds from outside organizations are due by June 1st. Checks should be made payable to Furman University and addressed to the music department address below. Please be sure the presenter of your scholarship is aware of the deadline. If receiving a full scholarship, an official letter of award may be submitted in lieu of deposit. Scholarship funds may be used for private lesson fees. Congratulations!

Contact Us

Dr. Matt Olson, camp director, 864-294-3284 or email

Brad Jepson, Greenville Jazz Collective, 864-214-6810 or email

Marcella Frese, Furman Programs Coordinator, 864-294-2086 or

Mailing address:
Furman Summer Jazz Camp
Furman Music Department
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC  29613

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