Blaine Harbor Music Camp
A hand-picked faculty of nationally-acclaimed music educators.
Ratio of teachers to students is 1 to 4, insuring a close and collaborative learning environment.
Opportunities to play alongside the faculty.
Students report, through Student Surveys, how dedicated and encouraging their teachers are, and how much they have learned – as well as how much fun they had!
A diverse group of 60 - 100 music students from the U.S. and Canada. Faculty
What to Expect
At camp you will spend your morning focused on one of four musical tracks: Instrumental Jazz, Vocal Track, Crossing Borders, or Let’s Rock. (See the Music Track button above to find information on each track, including the electives available per track).
In the afternoon, you will have elective choices. Some give you an opportunity to delve deeper into music that links to your preferred track. Other options let you explore other types of music. Electives options vary according to what music track you choose.
Several evenings during camp, faculty concerts give you a chance to hear your instructors demonstrate skilled, professional performances. One evening the concert is performed by the faculty Big Band. This is a “dress up” event with swing dance music that has become one of the highlights for our students.
Friday evening, student groups perform at our Student Showcase. This is the favorite concert of the festival, and one of the events students prepare for all week. On Saturday, every student gets a chance to perform outdoors at one of two pavillions on Blaine’s downtown shoreline.
Bios for the BHMF instruction faculty can be found here.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the week-long music camp and festival, including admission to all concerts and events is $495.
A minimum $100 deposit is due at time of registration.
Full tuition and fees are due by June 1, 2020.
Private lessons (optional). Students are limited to two half hour lessons. $25/half hour.
Room and board for boarding students. (Lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week) Includes transportation to and from festival events. $400
Optional lunches for local students (Students can bring lunches from home). $60
Optional lunch and dinner for local students. $120
Room and Board
Most local students commute to the festival. There is also a room and board option.
Boarding students stay at Camp Horizon (7506 Gemini St in Birch Bay/Blaine). Students will be transported to and from the camp via a Blaine School District bus and driver.
We have an adult counselor who oversees the overnight lodging and is available during the day. We have college age counselors who are in the same vicinity as the lodgers day and night as well. All our counselors, staff, and faculty have background checks.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for the students at the Blaine Community Center across from the school (music camp) campus.
Specialized Elective Options
Trad Jazz (New Orelans style traditional jazz, also called Hot Jazz) is offered as an afternoon elective class. The instructor for the class is Bob Storms.
Students who are learning to improvise will find that “Trad Jazz” is an easy style to learn due to less complicated chord changes. Solo opportunities are frequent in Trad Jazz, and every player in the band is a regular improvisor on most songs.
The music itself is fun to play as it is rich in melody, harmony and, most importantly, history. The Hot Jazz of the early 20th century is one of the foundations of more modern forms of jazz and is still delighting people all over the world.
Traditional Jazz Societies in Washington, British Columbia, and Oregon have funds for scholarships for students with a genuine interest in playing this form of jazz. These funds can be used to help pay for Tuition and Room & Board at the Blaine Harbor Music Festival’s Camp in July.
For more information about scholarships offered by the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society, and other Traditional Jazz Societies throughout the Pacific Northwest, please visit the BTJS website at www.bellinghamjazz.com.
Camille Bloom leads students individually through a process that helps them write melodies and lyrics for personal expression. All song writing students get an opportunity to present their songs on the Saturday performance stage downtown Blaine. Some students will be able to perform at the Friday night Student Showcase. Sometimes students have the benefit of having rhythm musicians learn their songs and accompany their performances.