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About the EMC Instrumental Jazz Camp

The EMC Instrumental Jazz Camp is open to students entering the 7th through 12th grades. This camp is designed to meet the needs of those students who are interested in jazz at all levels, providing an instructional and educational experience for both beginners and more advanced students. Students will have an opportunity to study jazz with EIU’s outstanding jazz faculty and other fine musicians from around the country.  Students participate in the following:

  • Big Bands
  • Jazz Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Master classes
  • Jazz Seminar
  • Jazz Combos (for the more advanced students)

Participants will also have an opportunity to perform for family and friends at a final concert on Saturday, the last day of camp.

The Instrumental Jazz Camp is coordinated by Dr. Sam Fagaly.

Instrumental Jazz Camp Audition Information

Students should prepare for a brief placement audition to be held on the first day of camp. Rhythm section members should be prepared to demonstrate a variety of styles and play scales. There is no prepared piece required for rhythm section students.  2016 jazz audition excerpts for horn players will be posted in the spring.  Please check back then!


About the Instrumental Jazz Camp Faculty


Sam FagalyDr. Sam Fagaly, EMC Jazz Coordinator, is the Director of Jazz Studies, conductor of the award winning EIU Jazz Ensemble, and professor of applied saxophone at Eastern Illinois University. He has extensive teaching and performing experience.

He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida, his Masters of Music from Louisiana State University, and his Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.

(read Dr. Fagaly's full biography here)



Scott HesseMr. Scott Hesse, guitar, is a well-respected figure in the Chicago jazz community.  Known especially for his harmonic and rhythmic inventiveness, Scott is equally at home in straight-ahead or avant garde settings.  Since moving to the Windy City in 2005, Scott has played at every major jazz venue in the area.  In addition to performing, Scott is an avid composer and music educator.

(read the rest of Mr. Hesse's biography here)