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Specialty Camps

Jazz Summer Camp

Rising Grades 7-12
12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
July 8-12

Upper School Campus

The Jazz Summer Camp, is a half-day afternoon program geared towards rising 7th-12th grade students who currently play an instrument. Campers will sharpen their jazz performance abilities as well as study jazz pedagogy and history to develop a full appreciation of the genre.  Campers will specifically develop jazz technique through the study of major and minor scales and technique patterns. The group will also focus on functional jazz harmony through the study of ii-V-I progressions and various ii-V-I jazz patterns. In addition to reading jazz, students will be exposed to recordings of some of the most influential jazz artists of all time. Students will be introduced to solo transcriptions and learn how to get the most out of listening to jazz. 

The Jazz Summer Camp Director, Mr. Vaughn Ambrose is a native of North Carolina and earned his BM in Music Education and MM in Jazz Studies at East Carolina University. Mr. Ambrose has been a featured conductor for the North Carolina Regional Honors jazz ensemble and is the Director of Jazz at SSSAS. As a highly sought after educator, he serves as guest clinician and soloist with various schools and ensembles nationally and internationally. In recognition of his contributions to music education, he has been the recipient of numerous teaching honors: Yale University Teaching Award; Northern Virginia Educational Leadership Award; Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award; Alexandria Education Partnership Excellence in Education Teacher Award; Alexandria City Alex Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.  Please contact Mr. Vaughn Ambrose at vambrose@sssas.org with any camp-specific questions.  

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Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia


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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304