• In a lot of ways I feel like I discovered myself again; the pure joy I had from interacting and playing with other musicians brought me back to when I was playing professionally.  I grew so much as a player in one week.
  • I feel the money and time I spent at MSJ was one of the best investments I’ve made in my life.
  • I’m still high on the energy I got at MSJ!  It’s apparent the amount of work you put into organizing such a great experience.
  • MSJ was such an intense, wonderful experience for me.  It pushed me and my playing to new levels. I am so grateful to you and the faculty for sharing your time, talent, and collective vision.
  • MSJ was great, thanks for letting me audit! I’ll see if I can summon the courage to come as a PLAYER next year!
  • Thank you and your group of teachers for a truly great, indeed, formative experience at Maryland Jazz last week. Each of them added something special to my development as a jazz musician.
  • Thank you for an amazing program flawlessly executed! Hope you are feeling good about making such a big difference in so many peoples' lives.
  • Thank you so much much for an amazing week!  Truly one of the best things I have ever done.  I'm already looking forward to next year.  
  • It was a privilege to be able to work with so many accomplished amateur and professional musicians.  The faculty was outstanding, not simply for their musical virtuosity but their commitment to being mentors.  The teaching and feedback was always constructive and uplifting.

What We Do & How We Do It

Maryland Summer Jazz includes TWO FOUR-DAY sessions of playing, learning, workshops, jam sessions and faculty concerts. Enrollment is limited to give you lots of personal attention and playing time. The faculty student ratio is 1:7. The learning environment is focused, intimate and effective. MOST of our playing at MSJ is in a jazz small group – no time wasted sitting in boring classes!

– We have only 6 spots each for piano, guitar, bass and drums per session.
– We have only 18 spots total for all horns (and vocals) per session.
– Our playing happens in groups with real jazz instrumentation.
– Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk groups you effectively and comfortably with players of your ability level.
– The moral of the story . . . don’t delay, these spots go fast!

The majority of the time is spent at Maryland Summer Jazz in full small group sessions led by our world-class faculty. Instead of taking notes in a theory class or rehashing private lesson material you could get elsewhere, you’ll learn the way jazz should be learned – by playing with a mentor. Improvisation, theory, arranging, history and group dynamics are discussed, and demonstrated. This is information you’ll never get in an online course, and that you’ll never learn in your practice room with a book!

Tuition and Fees

Session 1

TBD - Early Bird Tuition (received before April 1) ONE session
TBD - Regular Tuition (received after April 1) ONE session

Session 1 & 2

TBD - Early Bird Tuition (received before April 1) BOTH sessions
TBD - Regular Tuition (received after April 1) BOTH sessions

Maryland Summer Jazz tuition (Sessions 1 and 2, July 15-18 and July 22-25) includes a catered lunch each day.

MSJ Auditing
TBD per day

Auditing is a great option for beginner players, those less confident in their skills, or players not able to attend all four days of MSJ. Maryland Summer Jazz Auditors may attend for one, two, three of all four days of camp.

Auditors enjoys all of the MSJ classes and electives, masterclasses and jam sessions at Maryland Summer Jazz, including our daily catered lunch. The difference is that Auditors do NOT have a playing spot in the twice-daily combo classes. Auditors attend all the combo classes, interact and ask questions, but don’t play. Auditors are welcome to play at all the jam sessions.


Siblings, husband and wife, parent and child may each receive a 10% discount on their respective tuition amounts. Active Military also receive a 10% discount (only one 10% discount per person).


If you have already paid and must cancel your attendance for any reason – For cancellations before June 15, 2019, there is a refund of $300. For cancellations from June 15 to July 1, 2019, the refund is $200. Cancellations after July 1, 2019 will not be refunded.

A typical day at MSJ includes two small group rehearsal sessions playing with a faculty member, plus :

• Midday Faculty Mini-Concerts
• Workshops and electives
• In depth, instrument-specific master classes
• A catered lunch
• Jam sessions and networking


MSJ offers several scholarship to gifted high school students: click here for information. The application deadline is April 1, 2020.

Audition Process

No worries! We serve most any jazz musician. Classes are grouped according to skill level to serve the most advanced (semi-pro and college players) along with the newcomers.

If you are a NEW student to Maryland Summer Jazz, please submit a recording of your playing, following the Jazz Wire application song submission guidelines (see links below), and email the files to jessica@jazzwire.net.

Bass: click here

Horns/Melody: click here

Piano/Guitar: click here

Drums: click here

Deadline to submit your songs: 2 weeks after the date you have registered. If you register after July 1st, please submit your songs immediately.

We accept CDs, and DVDs, but prefer your emailing an MP3 (9MB or less) to jessica@jazzwire.net

Maryland Summer Jazz Camp Location St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown RD Rockville, Maryland Located at I-270 and Old Georgetown Road

* Note: Please do not send applications or checks to the camp location. MSJ mailing address: 217 A Bowie Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401

Prepare for MSJ with Jazz Wire

Hundreds of our past participants told us how much they wished they could had a bit more preparation and practice on the MSJ music, to feel more confident when they arrived at camp. We listened, and JazzWire.net is the answer!

Jazz Wire is our new subscription web site for adult jazz players around the world. We have musicians from over 20 different countries currently on Jazz Wire, working together, supporting each other, and studying in a deeper way than has been possible before. The very cool news - at Jazz Wire, we’ll be focusing on the MSJ music from March through July. Jazz Wire members will know the MSJ music inside out before camp, for a deeper, more relaxed experience. Jazz Wire is also a great way to meet many of the Maryland Summer Jazz attendees in advance. You’ll show up the first day of camp, looking for your friends from Jazz Wire!

When you register for Maryland Summer Jazz, you'll be given a special promo code to receive $50 off your application fee and join us on Jazz Wire. We have hundreds of great musicians there waiting to meet you and work with you! Just click here to get started: click here.

Camp Location

Maryland Summer Jazz Camp is held at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, located at 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD 20852


Maryland Summer Jazz is proudly hosted by the Bethesda Marriott, located at 5151 Pooks Hill Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814 (Also the location of Cooper's Mill Restaurant, where we have our Thursday/Friday evening events.)

MSJ 2019 discounted group rate: $119/night, with a minimum of 3 consecutive nights booked during the camp dates.

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