Frequently Asked Questions
Is the SMV Vocal Jazz Camp for me?
The camp, which has been in existence since 2004, prides itself on its ability to cater to singers with ANY amount of experience, from first-time jazz singers to professional singers. The camp participants are typically comprised of high school and college students, vocal educators and professional vocalists – ages 13 to 93. We strongly believe that every person attending the camp can learn from the experience of any other participant at the camp.
At what time does the camp begin?
Most camps begin with registration on the first morning at 8:30 AM, with the opening session following at 9:30 AM. Registration for the Winnipeg camp begins at Noon.
At what time does the camp conclude?
Each camp concludes with a final culminating concert on the final evening at 7:00 PM (open to the public). After the concert, there is an afterglow get-together at a local restaurant – this is of course optional, but many/most campers participate.
Are there accommodations available?
Accommodations are available at nearby motels. At the Iowa camp, we can also provide the option of air-conditioned dorm rooms on the campus of Southwestern Community College. These are private bedrooms, grouped in suites of 2-4 bedrooms around a common kitchen and bathroom, and are available for the reasonable cost per night. A simple dorm request will suffice – more information regarding the dorms will be sent in May or early June.
At any of the camp locations, for those wishing to reduce costs further, the camp coordinator will assist by searching for appropriate billeting. It is not always possible, but every effort will be made.
What about meals at the camp?
Meals at all camps are available at nearby restaurants, many of which are within walking distance. At the Iowa camp, many participants bring perishable and non-perishable meals that can be stored in participants’ dorm refrigerators/freezers, and can be microwaved or cooked in participants’ microwaves and stoves. At all camps, many participants bring a sack lunch and eat at the camp site. Rideshares to local fast food establishments will be provided and set-up if needed.
Will I need a car at the camp?
Obviously, an automobile can make things logistically easier. However, it is certainly not necessary. The camp staff will make every effort to pair up those needing basic transportation (for instance to/from meals) with other participants who can provide rides.
How can I get to and from the camp?
Shuttles can be provided to/from airports for a nominal cost of $25 per ride. Airports to fly into are:
• For the Iowa SMV camp: Des Moines (65 miles) or Omaha (80 miles)
• For the Winnipeg SMV camp: Winnipeg Airport
Amtrak or Greyhound may also be an option for the U.S. camps. In particular, there is an Amtrak station located in Creston, Iowa – just one mile from the camp location – and we can pick you up at this Creston Amtrak station at no cost to you.
When should I make travel/hotel/car reservations?
Before booking air travel, or non-refundable hotels/cars, PLEASE contact the camp director to be sure the camp you are planning to attend is in fact viable.
Why should I register early?
There is a financial benefit for registering early – a $50 Early-Bird discount for registrants before May 1st, or a $75 Nest of Early-Birds discount for five or more from the same school registered before May 1st (please note, this cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers from the SMV Vocal Jazz Camps). In addition, late registrants run the risk of not having enough time to prepare the Group music – and especially the Solo music for the camp. You will have a much more rewarding experience at the camp if you have the chance to prepare this music well ahead of time.
Are there scholarships available?
We like our campers to receive a lot of individual attention, so we have at least 10 staff/faculty members at each camp. The by-product of this however, is that our tuition fees are critical to helping us to pay our staff and offset expenses. Because of this, limited scholarship money is available beyond the Early-Bird discounts (see above). We do offer scholarships at our SMV Real Group Festival each spring, and at other very select vocal festivals across North America. If you would like to be considered for additional scholarship money to attend the camp, please fill out this form. (The information you provide will go directly to our upper management staff, and will not be shared with anyone further.)
Are there other discounts I can qualify for?
If you live near a camp area and have space to house out-of-town campers the week of the camp, you will receive $50 off your camp tuition for each camper you can house. Plus, you will make new friends!
Something came up and I can't make the camp. Can I get my deposit back?
Your deposit is what holds your spot at the camp, and allows us to plan effectively for the camp. There are many decisions made well in advance of your being with us that took place based on your registration. For all camps, your deposit will be refundable up to 30 days prior to each camp.
Enrollment is limited to the first 45 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis!
For further questions, email camp coordinator Jeremy Fox