Ages: 13 – 18
Dates: July 18 – 30
June 19: Registration due
July 18: Orientation
July 18 – 29: Full camp
July 30: City Verses Culminating Performance at Rutgers-Newark University
Times: 9:30AM – 4:15PM
Tuition: Free

Calling all teen musicians, singers, poets, and writers: You have a story to tell—and we want to hear it! Creativity ignites when you explore, experiment, and express yourself at our free City Verses Summer Camp. NJPAC invites you to register for our FREE City Verses summer camp this July, in person, at the Rutgers University-Newark campus, a few blocks away from NJPAC.

Together, we’ll learn about and create jazz poetry, a uniquely American art form that blends verses and rhythm, song and swing. During this two-week, in-person day camp held at Rutgers-Newark University, you’ll collaborate with other young creators to share your unique stories and perspectives. Camp sessions are developed and co-taught by NJPAC’s distinguished jazz faculty and Rutgers’ talented MFA poetry candidates.

*Please know that here at NJPAC Arts Education we are working hard to accommodate your program request to the best of our ability. If for any reason we are unable to meet that request we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss how we can best serve your school/community. Approval for in person programs is based upon NJPAC guidelines and subject to change.*

Week 1:
Introduction to the cross-disciplinary collaborative process of creating jazz poetry. The majority of the time will be spent with faculty and students in their specific discipline (jazz or poetry), learning the foundations of composition such as melody, harmony, rhythm, imagery, within each genre. Students who chose the hybrid track collaborate starting in the first week

Week 2:
Students will be paired in small groups to explore and create their own original work, guided by faculty.

At the end of each week, students will be invited to participate in a casual, open-mic style performance among their peers and instructors.

Join us if this sounds like you:

• You’re between 13 and 18 years old

• You’re an instrumentalist or vocalist with some experience and an interest in jazz. You want to learn how to, or develop your existing skills, expressing yourself by composing your own music and collaborating with poets.


• You’re a writer or poet with an interest in expressing yourself through the written word, honing your writing skills, and exploring the process of collaborating with musicians.

The City Verses Summer Camp is part of NJPAC’s City Verses jazz poetry initiative, a unique program developed in partnership with the Rutgers University-Newark, Creative Writing Program.

June 19: Poetry track registration closed

June 30: Jazz and Hybrid track registration closed

NJPAC Faculty

Mark Gross

Director, Jazz Instruction
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Stefon Harris

NJPAC Jazz Artistic Advisor
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Alvester Garnett

Jazz Co-Artistic Lead
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Jarrett Walser

Jazz Teaching Faculty
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Jordan Pettay

Jazz Teaching Faculty
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Brandon McCune

jazz teaching faculty
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Rutgers-Newark Faculty

Rigoberto González

Director, MFA Creative Writing Program
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Attorious Renee Augustin

Master of Fine Arts Poet
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Rachel Han

master of fine arts poet
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Devonaire Ortiz

master of fine arts poet
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Shannon Pulusan

master fine arts poet
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Dimitri Reyes

master of fine arts poet
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Major support provided by:

Additional support provided by TD Charitable Foundation and Women@NJPAC


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