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If you have any questions or experience any difficulty with the online registration process, please contact our Director of Music Outreach Nick Rowland.


Forms can be emailed upon request.


If tuition and fees are being partially or fully funded by an outside source, please contact our Director of Music Outreach, Nick Rowland for instruction.

DATES FOR CAMP: June 23 – June 27, 2024

Join Jazz Camp directors Dan Thomas and Bobby Watson and distinguished jazz educators for the Ottawa University Jazz Camp – Kansas City. The Ottawa University Jazz Camp is intended for aspiring musicians, ages 12 to 112. Throughout the week, our world-class camp faculty will provide in-depth study into jazz theory and improvisation, instrument-specific masterclasses, guided listening sessions covering the history of the music, and many aspects of small group jazz performance. The camp will conclude with a public performance by the student ensembles.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Director of Jazz Studies

Associate Professor of Music

Bobby Watson

Bobby Watson

Artist in Residence
Composition and Arranging

Nick Rowland

Nick Rowland

Director of Music Outreach

Stan Bock

Stan Bock

Applied Trombone
Applied Low Brass

Sam Copeland

Sam Copeland

Applied Bass

Matt Hopper

Matt Hopper

Applied Guitar

Aaron Linscheid, MM

Aaron Linscheid, MM

Applied Trumpet

Brian Steever

Brian Steever

Applied Drum Set

Forest Stewart

Forest Stewart

Applied Horn and Electric Bass

Brian Ward

Brian Ward

Applied Jazz Piano
Music History and Music Theory


1:00 p.m. Residence Hall Check-in
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Auditions
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Activity





*Student placements will be posted.

8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. All Students Check-in
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Theory and Jazz Improv
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Instrument-specific Masterclasses
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch / Practice Time
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Ensembles
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Guided Listening Sessions
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Practice
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner / Practice Time
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Jam Sessions / Special Activities


9:15 a.m. Residence Hall Check-outs
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Ensemble
11:00 a.m. Group Photo
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Concert


Early bird tuition is $395. This fee includes all classes, housing in a 4-person suite, three all-you-care-to-eat meals per day, and parking.

Tuition paid after April 19 will be $450 for overnight campers.


Early bird tuition for commuters is $325. Commuters can purchase the meal package (three all-you-care-to-eat meals per day) for $15 per day.

Tuition paid after April 19 will be $375 for commuters.


All fees and deposits are non-refundable. Should OU cancel for any reason, you will receive a full refund.

Jazz camp auditions will be done in-person, and will be casual and informal. This process is intended to facilitate students’ placement into appropriate ensembles and jazz theory classes. Ideally, students will perform something in the jazz idiom, but it isn’t a requirement. Students will also be asked some basic questions about jazz theory. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, we have a place for you!

We expect Ottawa University Jazz campers to represent themselves at a high level while attending camp and to be respectful and quiet while transitioning between camp events, as other classes and events may be occurring.

Alcohol, drugs, smoking and vaping will not be permitted. Students caught with any of these things will be reported to our campus authorities.

Students under the age of 18 will be chaperoned throughout their time on campus.

OU assumes no responsibility for theft, damage, or loss of personal property.

Ottawa University Campus

All of the Ottawa University Jazz Camp activities will take place on the campus located at:

1001 South Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS  66067

Activities and events will be hosted in various buildings on campus including the Fredrikson Chapel (concert and other activities), Atkinson Hall (classes and more), Gibson Student Center's Hetrick Bistro (meals), and Bennett Hall (overnight camper residence). A detailed schedule with locations will be provided to all registered campers closer to the camp start date.

Ground Transportation from the Airport

You’ll be flying into Kansas City International Airport (MCI), which is located north of downtown Kansas City. There are a number of ride share services available to transport travelers to our campus for a cost. Visit for more information related to your ground transportation to campus.


Parking is included in your camp tuition. Permits will be provided upon check-in for both overnight and commuter campers.

Staying on Campus

Tuition includes housing in one of our 4-person suites and three all-you-care-to-eat meals per day. Students requesting to room by themselves will incur an additional $75 per day.

Commuting Students

Meals are available for $15 per day, which covers three all-you-care-to-eat meals per day.


Students with special dietary restrictions should note this in their registration and communicate with our Director of Music Outreach Nick Rowland.

Internet Access

Internet access will be provided to campers while on campus. It is expected that they adhere to local laws and regulations related to their age and the internet.

Where do I register for the camp online?

Registration is available at the tab above titled "REGISTER HERE". Registration will close on June 7 or when camp reaches capacity. If registration has closed, it will be noted on the main page.

Where do I register for the camp if I’m having trouble with the online form?

Please reach out to our Director of Music Outreach Nick Rowland at


All fees and deposits are non-refundable. Should Ottawa University cancel Jazz Camp for any reason, you will receive a full refund.

Are meals provided?

Yes, three all-you-care-to-eat meals are available for overnight campers as part of tuition and are available for purchase by commuter students at a cost of $15 per day.

Is internet provided?

Internet access will be provided to campers while on campus. It is expected that they adhere to local laws and regulations related to their age and the internet.

Is on campus housing required?

It is not required to stay overnight for the camp. It is certainly encouraged, as it helps foster long-lasting friendships and relationships.

What is camp attire?

Attire is casual. Kansas City can get quite warm, so summer attire is recommended. It is advised to consider bringing light weight layers as some indoor spaces may be cooler than others.

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