COTA CampJazz suspended again for 2021

COTA CampJazz is made possible by our many partner organizations, all of whom have had to limit or suspend in-person activities to varying degrees since March of 2020. While we are hopeful that our partners will resume operations in 2021, we can’t guarantee that all of them will be at full capacity in June. In the interest of the safety of our staff, faculty, and students, we have decided to once again suspend COTA CampJazz for 2021.

We will miss working with all of you, and if opportunities present themselves to sponsor any activities for our campers during 2021, we will keep you informed of whatever we’re able to do.

  • Learn from a world-class faculty
    Learn from a world-class faculty

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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