Local students have the opportunity to learn from professional musicians this year at Joye in Aiken’s non-residential Summer Jazz Camp.

Available to 50 student musicians in grades 8 through 12, the non-residential camp will take place at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center from June 24 to June 27.

Director Jack Benjamin said the four-day camp is an intense educational experience, featuring internationally known musicians as the teachers. 

The program is similar to the Juilliard Summer Jazz Camp last offered on the USCA campus in 2013, Benjamin said.

The program offers classes taught by Juilliard-trained musicians.

Originally, Joye in Aiken planned to offer a summer jazz camp last year, said Benjamin; but the COVID-19 pandemic caused the delay.

“We’re just thrilled to be able to bring this to the Aiken community and hope that we have lots of interest from kids throughout the various different schools,” Benjamin said.

Riley Mulherkar is the artistic director for jazz with Joye in Aiken.