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 professionals. The camp participants are typically comprised of high school and college students, vocal educators and professional vocalists – ages 13 to 93.
At what time does the camp begin?
The Santa Cruz and Creston camps begin with registration on the first morning at 8:30 AM, with the opening session following at 9:30 AM. The Winnipeg camp registration begins with registration at 1 PM, due to a civic holiday.
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.
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. Many participants bring a sack lunch and eat at the camp site. Rideshares to local fast food establishments will be provided 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. Airports to fly into are:
• For the Santa Cruz camp: San Jose Airport, or San Francisco or Oakland Airports
• 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 Early Bird discounts from the same school (please note, this cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers). 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 prepare this music well ahead of time. (Please note: the Early-Bird discount cannot be combined with any other discount or offer from the SMV Vocal Jazz Camps.)
Are there other discounts I can qualify for?
If you live near the Santa Cruz 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 in advance of your being with us that were affected by your registering. For the Iowa and Winnipeg camps, your deposit will be refundable until 30 days prior to each camp. For our West Coast camp, it will be refundable until 45 days prior to the camp.
Enrollment is limited to the first 45 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis!
For further questions, email camp coordinator Jeremy Fox