​Sunday, June 23 - Thursday, June 27, 2019
Registration opens February 15.

A joint program of Furman Music and the non-profit Greenville Jazz Collective, the camp is a unique experience designed to encourage high school students of all levels to fuel their jazz performance skills (middle school students considered by recommendation). Students will take daily classes in jazz theory, improvisation, and jazz history, and perform in a big band and/or jazz combo. The camp includes evening faculty recitals, social events, group lessons, improvisation sessions and a final student concert. Students of all instruments can apply, particularly those who play saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass (electric and/or acoustic), and drums. Board or Commute. 

Private lessons are available for an additional fee of $30 per 1/2 hour lesson - limit of 2

Location: Furman University performing arts complex - Daniel Music Building, McAlister Auditorium, Nan Trammell Herring Music Pavilion
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Typical Day

7:00 Breakfast
7:45  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   Dinner
7:30 - 8:30pm Evening Recital
8:30pm Jam Session
10:00pm Dorm Meeting on each hall
11:00pm  Lights out

Closing concert: 3pm, Thursday.  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 and Camp Director
Tim Blackwell, drums
Ian Bracchitta, bass
Brad Jepson, trombone
Kevin Korschgen, drums
Jake Mitchell, trumpet
Tom Wright, saxophone

Financial and Registration

  • Residential Camper: $530
  • Commuter: $410
  • Optional private lessons: $30 per half hour, limit of 2
  • Middle School teacher recommendation form (required if not a high school student - please obtain approval using this form before completing on-line camp registration)
Registration opens February 15.   CLOSES April 15.

  • Complete the on-line application hosted on Eventbrite.  All card payments are charged a processing fee.
  • Check or Money Order: Complete the on-line application. Mail checks to address below, payable to FURMAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC CAMP.  Students are not accepted until payment is received. 
    Furman Jazz Camp
    Furman University Music Dept
    3300 Poinsett Hwy
    Greenville, SC  29613
  • $100 non-refundable after April 1.
  • $200 non-refundable after May 1.
  • NO REFUNDS after June 1.


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


In addition to the Greenville Jazz Collective, local music clubs, state music associations, school districts, booster clubs, churches and civic organizations offer competitive scholarships to study music during the summer. Investigate the options in your city - start by asking your teacher/director.

Did you earn a scholarship for Jazz Camp?  Bravo!
If the presenter sends the scholarship directly to Furman Music, we will refund your registration to you once the scholarship funds arrive. (Full-payment is expected at time of application.) Scholarship funds may be used for added private lessons, on-campus housing/meals (room and board) and rental linens. Lessons and linens can be added to an existing registration up until May 1.

Scholarship Checks: 
A card payment option is available. 
Mail to: 
Furman University Jazz Camp 
3300 Poinsett Hwy 
Greenville SC 29613

Contact Us

Dr. Matt Olson, camp director, 864-294-3284 or email matt.olson@furman.edu

Brad Jepson, Greenville Jazz Collective, 864-214-6810 or email JazzCamp@GreenvilleJazzCollective.com

Marcella Frese, Furman Music Programs Coordinator, 864-294-2086 or furmanmusic@furman.edu

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