8th Annual Women's Jazz & Blues Camp - March 25-29, 2019

2018 Women's Campers

2018 Women's Campers


The 8th Annual Women's Jazz & Blues Camp will be held from March 25-29, 2019 from 9:30am-3pm

Registration will be open as of November 2019 at  www.cjc.edu/womensreg

There is more camp info at www.cjc.edu/womenscamp

If you have any questions about camp, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get back to you!

Produced by Jazzschool faculty members Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling (Asst. Dir. and Dir. of the Montclair Women’s Big Band,) our mission is to provide women musicians with a supportive and musically rigorous week of playing, fun and networking with others who share their passion for music.

 2018 WC Faculty

Our 2018 Faculty: Janice Maxie-Reid, Lizzy Asarnow  (vocals, piano),  Jessica Neighbor (vocals), Jennifer Jolly (piano, New Orleans & World Music),  Nancy Wenstrom, Marlina Teich (guitar, vocals), Erika Oba (piano, flute),  Ariane Cap (bass),  Susanne DiVincenzo (bass, strings),  Mad Duran (woodwinds),  Jean Fineberg (woodwinds, drums),  Ellen Seeling, Marina Garza (brass), Daria Johnson, Michaelle Goerlitz (drums, percussion),  Karla Gomez (spoken word poetry)

Our all-women faculty is drawn from the Montclair Women’s Big Band, the Jazzschool and the Bay Area’s most respected performers and educators.

We welcome all vocalists and players of traditional and non-traditional instruments. The only prerequisite is some facility and ownership of an instrument (we do have some loaners and some storage for large instruments.)

Camp provides drums, percussion, amps, pianos/keyboards, vibes, microphones and music stands. Scheduling permitting, we make our best effort to accommodate those who wish to play more than one instrument. 

After the morning Master Class/Warmup, there are three open periods during the day. Campers indicate their preferences among the following:

Performing electives
Jazz Combo
Latin Ensemble
Blues & Soul Band
Roots Music Choir 

BACK!  Jazz Choir

BACK!   New Orleans Ensemble

Non-performing electives

Theory/Improvisation (hands-on)
Percussion Workshop


The lunchtime break features a daily faculty-facilitated open jam session. In addition each camper receives one private consultation during the week on the instrument of her choice.

Women can bring lunch, purchase it at the onsite Jazzcaffe, or walk to one of the many inexpensive eateries within a couple of blocks of the Jazzschool. 

Women come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and out of town. We have local campers willing to host an out-of-town musician for the week, so if you’re interested in housing, please ask. We assist in forming carpools by sharing willing participants’ location information. 

Mon-Fri, March 25-29, 2019, from 9:30am-3pm.  Concert Friday, March 29 at  6pm
9:30-11:45    Master Class/Warmup, Ensemble or Workshop 1
1:45-12:45    Lunch Break, Open Jam, Private Consultations
12:45-3:00    Ensemble or Workshops 2 & 3

Friday March 29, 6pm: Musicians return with family and friends for all-camp concert.
FREE (optional donation to support the camp scholarship fund!)

We know that not everyone can liberate an entire week for camp. For those who cannot attend the entire week, we may be able to arrange personal camp schedule. Please talk to us about what works for you!


(1) Complete and submit the form at www.cjc.edu/womensreg

(2) PAY (Your spot is confirmed as of your payment_. We accept credit cards, checks or cash. 

             By phone: Call The Jazzschool at 510.845.5373.
             In person: Stop by the Jazzschool at 2087 Addison St. (@ Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
             Online  (CLICK HERE):  www.cjc.edu/womensreg

We will then email you to schedule a short, friendly scheduling audition so we can meet you, place you in appropriate groups and further address your preferences.

Tuition is $499.  There is some work/study financial aid available.


Email Jean Fineberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at 510.758.2200   Please leave a message and we will call you back


See you in March!

11th Annual Girls' Jazz & Blues Camp - August, 2019

2018 Girls' Campers


First week of August 2019 (Mon-Fri) - exact dates TBA  9:30am-3pm 
Concert Friday, 6pm

Open to instrumentalists and vocalists entering grades 6-12 (5th grade by consultation)

Registration will open as of Janyary 1, 2018

Registration: www.cjc.edu/girlsreg

More camp info:  www.cjc.edu/girlscamp

Email us with questions!: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you can't email, call, leave a message, and we'll return your call:  510.758.2200

    As we enter our 10th year in 2017, we remain committed to our mission. Our goals are:

  1. To provide a supportive atmosphere in which young female musicians hone their musical skills
  2. To encourage friendships among young female musicians
  3. To foster enhanced self esteem and confidence

Read more: 11th Annual Girls' Jazz & Blues Camp - August, 2019

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