COTA CampJazz suspended for 2020

COTA CampJazz is made possible by our many partner organizations, all of whom are responding to the COVID19 pandemic by planning to minimize the potential spread of the virus. As our partners have begun announcing suspension of regular operations into the Summer months, we will unfortunately have to cancel the 2020 camp originally planned for June 22 through June 28, 2020.

We will miss working with all of you, and if opportunities present themselves to sponsor any activities for our campers during 2020, we will keep you informed of whatever we’re able to do.

  • Record at Red Rock Studios
    Record at Red Rock Recording

COTA Camp Jazz embraces all instrumental and vocal learners age 12 and up. Applicants can apply at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.

Every day, campers will receive focused instruction as they rehearse in combos and study improvisation, theory, ear-training, history and more. Campers also have the option to participate in jam sessions, take private lessons, and choose from a variety of special electives such as composition, arranging, technology, and music business.

Throughout the week, our world-class faculty and special guests will be presenting master classes and offering in-depth Q & A’s on “all things jazz.” On Saturday,  each combo will  record at the renowned Red Rock Recording Studio. Camp culminates on Sunday with our “COTA Camp Jazz Presents” performance at the Castle Inn in the Delaware Water Gap, featuring all camp combos.

Faculty:  Sam Burtis – Trumpet, Trombone; Dr. Matt Vashlishan – Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute; Skip Wilkins – Piano and Voice; Spencer Reed – Guitar; Paul Rostock – Bass; Bill Goodwin – Drums; Kent Heckman – Red Rock Recording; Pat Dorian – Senior Education Consultant

Master Classes: Dr. Sherrie Maricle (Rhythm and style in improvisation); David Liebman (Transcription); Caris Visentin Liebman (Ear Training); Dr. Matt Vashlishan (Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection); Najwa Parkins (Performance); Kent Heckman (Red Rock Recording Studio).

Historic Delaware Water Gap, PA Campus: Presbyterian Church of the Mountain, The Deer Head Inn (the oldest continuously running jazz club in the country), The Castle Inn, Red Rock Recording Studio, The Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at East Stroudsburg University’s Kemp Library

CampJazz tuition is $750. Refer a friend or register multiple family members for a $50 discount.

Housing is available at East Stroudsburg University for CampJazz students who live too far to commute daily. The cost for room and board (breakfast and dinner included) is $500. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Scholarships are available. Send an inquiry to for more information.

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