Chautauqua Institution offers three wonderful music camps during Week Eight – August 15–22, 2020:

  • High School Jazz Camp is for saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm section students finishing grades 9–12. Camp begins Monday, August 17, and ends after our 2 p.m. performance Friday, August 21, 2020.
  • Middle School Band Camp for woodwind, brass and percussion students finishing grades 5-8. Camp begins Monday, August 17, and ends after our 12 p.m. performance Saturday, August 22.
  • Orchestra Camp focuses on both large ensemble and chamber music for high school and advanced middle school students finishing grades 7–12. Camp begins Saturday, August 15, and ends after our 10 a.m. performance Saturday, August 22, 2020.

All three camps are designed as day-camps – housing and meals are not included.

Limited residential camping is available for students finishing grades 7-12, independent from Chautauqua Institution, through the Youth Chamber Connection, a shared program of Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Click here for more information.

Instructors for all of our camps include members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, as well as highly skilled teachers from the Western New York and Pennsylvania area.

Numerous Enrichment Opportunities

Chautauqua Institution is home to the world-class Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera Company, and Chautauqua School of Music. Campers receive a full-week gate pass, which will allow them to enjoy many of the recreational activities available on the grounds, and attend many of the evening events at Chautauqua Institution for no extra charge during the week of camp. Campers also attend CSO rehearsals and enjoy professional chamber music performances.

We hope to see you Week Eight at Chautauqua Institution, August 15–22, 2020!

Please refer to the Policies and Procedures PDF for specific camp details not listed on individual group pages.

Policies and Procedures (PDF)


Email with any additional questions.

Jazz Camp

High School Jazz Camp

High School Jazz Camp welcomes high school saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm section students finishing grades 9–12. Students participate in daily rehearsals, small group sectionals, and special musical enrichment activities.

Led by renowned local jazz performer, John Cross, students will hone their jazz and improvisational skills through this great American musical style. Students will experience Master Classes and special performances from other local jazz musicians.

The Jazz Band will perform on Friday, August 21 at 2 p.m. in Fletcher Music Hall. Small, pull-out combos may experience other performance opportunities around the grounds. Rehearsals are daily from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jane A. Gross Opera Center.

Chautauqua's Youth and Family Programs will be providing Chautauqua Experience enrichment activities daily, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. These activities will provide campers the opportunity to explore all that Chautauqua has to offer. These activities are in addition to the Chautauqua Music Camp experience, and are optional for campers.