The WMU-NYU Vocal Jazz Camp

The 16th Annual WMU-NYV Vocal Jazz Camp
July 29-August 4, 2024

We’re so excited to be preparing to be together again, making music and collaborating in person.  This summer retreat attracts a broad selection of campers from all ages, experiences and backgrounds.  And yet, every year, the connections that are made go beyond music.  Friendships are forged and networking possibilities blossom.

Please start thinking about what you would like your summer to encompass and consider spending a week leaning into the things that you are interested.  We will have all of our usual suspects, Kim, Lauren, Darmon and Peter, directing an ensemble and teaching a handful of classes.  Our camp director and host Greg Jasperse will be directing the All Camp piece and teaching a few classes, as well.  And if the attendance numbers are right, we will be inviting back the divine Rosana Eckert to spin her magic and Jay Ashby to lead you through Brazil, so to speak.  If you have attended our camp, help us spread the word to someone who you think may enjoy what we offer.

Begin your exploration visiting CAMP CENTRAL

The scholarship submission deadline is June 1, 2024.  APPLY HERE

Campers Helping Campers – Donate to the “Play it Forward” Scholarship, established by campers who want to create opportunities for other campers to enjoy the experience.  You don’t have to be a past camper to donate to this worthwhile scholarship, the idea is to “Play it Forward”?  Donate Here

To Register for Camp, Click Here

Please direct your questions to our camp manager at


Full Camper Price $800 –  Full camper affords you All Access to NYV directed ensembles, One on One Coaching and consideration for evening performances.

Associate Camper Price $675 – Associate campers enjoy being place in a choir directed by our special guest director (TBA) as well as One on One Coaching from them.  Most Likely there won’t be an opportunity to be featured in the camper evening concerts, but surely you will sing at the Final Brunch – which is also really cool and fun!   

If your desire is to be a Full Camper, but all the spaces are full, register as an Associate.  If spaces open up, it will be first come first serve who moves up to Full Camper.  If you desire to stay an Associate, you may let us know that, too.                   

The deposit of $200 is due by June 15, 2024.  Final payment is required by July 1, 2024.

Sample of Electives
Songwriting • Before and After • Singers You Should Know • Body, Breath, and Sound        • The Importance of Rhythm • Making a Song Your Own • Beginning and Advanced Arranging • Intermediate Improv • Advanced Improv • Artist in the Making • Use Your Ears Ensemble • Lyrical Improv and Phrasing • The Business of Me • Vocal Health               • Portuguese • Jazz History • Percussion • Listening Through the Layers • Writing your First Chart • Solo Transcriptions

Camp Schedule Overview:
7/29: Welcome and Orientation, 4 PM Pizza, Evening performance featuring Greg Jasperse, Gold Company and Special TBA Guest Faculty
7/30: Day 1 of camp, Evening Concert featuring NYV solo sets
7/31: Day 2 of camp, Evening Concert featuring Campers
8/1: Day 3 of camp, Evening Game Night (optional)
8/2: Day 4 of camp, Evening Concert featuring Campers
8/3: Day 5 of camp, Special Electives, 4 PM Ensemble Concert, 8 PM NYV Concert
8/4: Jazz Brunch and Jam Session