Joye in Aiken providing summer season jazz camp | Leisure

For students who are passionate about music, Joye in Aiken has some notable news.

From June 24th to 27th, Joye in Aiken (the non-profit organization known for its festival and outreach program with Juilliard artists) is hosting a four-day jazz camp open to student musicians from eighth to twelfth grades.

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The non-residential camp will be held in collaboration with USC Aiken and will take place on the university campus.

The camp is directed by Joye in Aiken Artistic Director for Jazz Riley Mulherkar. Mulherkar is a jazz trumpeter trained by Juilliard and received the prestigious Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award in 2019.

Trumpet superstar and Juilliard alumnus Wycliffe Gordon will teach a master class as a visiting clinician. The Juilliard-trained pianist Mathis Picard and the other Juilliard alumni Bryan Carter (drums) and Dan Chmielinski (double bass) also take part as faculty members.

Sandra Field, president of the Joye in Aiken Board of Trustees, explains that campers will be very busy with classes and other activities throughout the jazz weekend.

“Camp opens upon registration on Thursday afternoon, June 24th,” said Field. “That evening the concert“ Jazz Explosion ”with the faculty members follows. On Friday and Saturday the students are in class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday they rehearse and present a concert for the public. So your schedule will be very busy, but you will also have time to jam and make new friends. “

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She notes that the intense camp curriculum will focus on rehearsing and performing as part of a jazz combo. Jazz improvisation, gaming and skill building; Music theory; and jazz history and appreciation.

Jim Capalino, Joye in Aiken Board member and main sponsor (with his wife, Carlin Vickery) for the four days of activities, said the Jazz Camp is a particularly effective and timely addition to the organization’s extensive outreach program.

“This is the first time since the Juilliard Jazz Camp here in 2013 that Joye in Aiken can offer something like this,” says Capalino. “Especially this year, when education has been so heavily influenced by COVID, we think it is important to be able to offer the students a fun experience that really offers them first-class teaching.”

The tuition for the camp is $ 200. Lunch is included and financial support is given to students who might otherwise not be able to attend.

“Access to the arts, and especially quality art education, is a very important part of Joye in Aiken’s mission,” says Capalino. “Financial circumstances should never be an obstacle. We want to make sure that the camp is open to all students who want to come and can benefit from it. “

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Capalino sums up by noting how unique the opportunity is for local music students. “The musicians who will be teaching this camp are among the best in their disciplines in the world,” he said. “To be able to learn from them, to jam with them, to be looked after by them, is an opportunity that can only arise once in a lifetime. I urge every interested student in our region to benefit from it. “

To register for the camp, visit Inquiries can be directed to the Jazz Camp Chair Jack Benjamin at or Joye in Aiken Executive Director Janice Jennings