Summer Programs


Practice Your Passion
at Mason Gross School of the Arts this Summer!

*Registration deadline extended, please see camp description for more information.

Dear Prospective 2014 Summer Camp Participants,

Thank you for your interest in summer camps at the Mason Gross School of the Arts!
I invite you to join the vibrant cultural community flourishing here at the Mason Gross School of the Arts this summer during one of our exciting and innovative summer arts programs! Summer intensives in music, dance and visual arts are wonderful opportunities for students to explore, create and perform under the expert guidance of New Jersey’s most distinguished teaching artists at the state’s premier arts conservatory.
Whatever your passion is, we invite you to explore it this summer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts!
Looking forward to a wonderful 2014 Summer Camp season!
Christopher Kenniff
Director, Mason Gross Extension Division

Please review our Summer Program Policies, Application & Payment Procedures regarding registration, payment, cancelations & refunds.

Registration opens January 3, 2014 for all camps
Online registration only.
Limited financial assistance is available for selected camps.  Please see camp webpages for more information.
Contact Us at 848-932-8618 |

Rutgers Summer Band and Orchestra Camp

Darryl J. Bott, director
July 13–18, 2014
Registration update:  as of June 25, 2014, we are no longer accepting applications from string players. 
Ages 13-18 | FAQ | flyer | commuter and residential options available | video audition required | application deadline: July 8, 2014


Featured performing artists:  Boston Brass, in concert Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7 p.m., Nicholas Music Center, free to the public.  Boston Brass will present master classes for Band and Orchestra Camp Participants, date/time TBA.
Experience a week of intense orchestra and band training with Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty members, renowned professional musicians, and leading music educators from the New York-New Jersey area. Students participate in daily large-ensemble and chamber-ensemble rehearsals, group lessons, clinics, master classes, electives, and recreational activities. Students share newly developed performance skills during the final Gala Concert, open to the public at the 740-seat Nicholas Music Center.

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Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute

Conrad Herwig, director
Marc Stasioassistant director
Dave Millerassociate director
July 20-25, 2014
Ages 13-18 | FAQ | flyercommuter and residential options available | video audition required | application deadline: July 14, 2014.
Featured performing artists:  Mason Gross Jazz Faculty, in concert Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7 p.m., Nicholas Music Center, free to the public.  Faculty will present master classes, workshops and clinics throughout the Jazz Institute.
New this year - Jazz vocal track with Champian Fulton!
This dynamic week-long workshop features music of the great jazz masters taught by the world-class faculty of the Jazz Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Students will learn and perform the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and many more in a comprehensive workshop environment on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University. The 2014 Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute is ideal for young musicians, ages 13-18, interested in improving their jazz improvisation, small group, and large ensemble skills. Students will work intensively in daily rehearsals with the internationally renowned, award-winning jazz faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Neil L. Aaronson and Margaret Zufall-Roberts, directors
Session I: July 27–August 1, 2014
Session II: August 3–8, 2014


Ages 12–23 | FAQ | flyer | commuter and residential options available | Performance sample video required for new students (for placement purposes only) String, woodwind, brass, piano, and classical guitar players invited to apply | online application deadline: July 23, 2014
Featured performing artists:  
  • Toomai Quintet (Session I), in concert Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 7 p.m., Schare Recital Hall, public $5, CMI participants admitted free of charge. Master classes for CMI participants throughout the day, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
  • JACK Quartet (Session II), in concert Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 7 p.m., Nicholas Music Center, free to the public. Master classes for CMI participants throughout the day, Wednesday, August 6, 2014.
  • Shattered Glass, Sessions I & II - Sunday, July 27, 2014, and Sunday, August 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Schare Recital Hall, public $5, CMI participants admitted free of charge.  Workshop for CMI participants beginning at 5:30 p.m. each Sunday.
Now in its 10th year, the American String Teacher’s Association of New Jersey (ASTA/NJ) Chamber Music Institute provides participants with the opportunity to perform in small chamber ensembles under the guidance of renowned faculty. Students participate in daily rehearsals, master classes, elective courses, special presentations, and a variety of social activities. Each session features a concert and master class with a professional, visiting artist ensemble and concludes with a performance featuring student ensembles. Students may audition to be placed in specially formed advanced ensembles; preformed ensembles are welcome.

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Rutgers Design Camp - Level I & II

July 14–25, 2014
Ages 14-18 | FAQ | flyer | commuter only | application deadline: July 8, 2014
Design Camp seeks to develop skills in graphic design for motivated high school artists. Created and supervised by Mason Gross faculty, the curriculum focuses on core principles of design while also introducing relevant software. The course includes focused studio work, technical demonstrations, group critiques and a field trip to New York City. Students will become familiar with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign while exploring creative visual problems and producing work suitable for a college admissions portfolio. The emphasis is on building visual awareness and on making the software serve the designer’s creative vision. Design Camp also features a Portfolio Workshop addressing how to present work effectively for college admissions. Design Camp uses traditional classroom space as well as top-notch computer lab facilities in the Department of Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts on the New Brunswick Campus of Rutgers University. 
  • Level I: For those new to, or with beginner skills in, Adobe programs
  • Level II: For those with intermediate skills in Adobe programs

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Mason Gross dancers

Rutgers Dance Camp

Dr. Barbara Bashaw, director
Session I: July 20–25, 2014
Session II: July 27–August 1, 2014

Ages 11-18FAQ | flyer | Commuter and residential options available | audition not required | special sections for new dancers | online application deadline: June 30, 2014 (space permitting!)
Mason Gross School of the Arts Summer Dance Camps are open to new and experienced dancers ages 11 to 18 who wish to expand their knowledge and experience of dance in a collegiate environment. Dancers develop skills through daily ballet and modern technique classes. A variety of other styles are explored in a series of special workshops and master classes with world class teaching artists. All students learn repertory, create their own choreography, and have the opportunity to perform in an end-of-session showcase.  Student learning needs are assessed during a series of placement classes held during the first day of camp.  Students may attend one or both sessions.

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Mason Gross dancers

Rutgers Dance Conservatory - Junior and Senior Levels

Rutgers Senior Dance Conservatory
Dr. Barbara Bashaw, director
July 20–August 1, 2014
Ages 14 to 18 | FAQ | flyer | Rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and rising seniors | commuter and residential options available | scholarships available | video or in-person audition required | audition requirements online2013 Video Documentary | online application deadline: June 30, 2014 (space permitting!)

Rutgers Junior Dance Conservatory
Dr. Barbara Bashaw, director  
Session I: July 20 to July 25, 2014
Session II: July 27 to August 1, 2014

Ages 11 to 14FAQ | flyer | Rising sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade dancers | commuter and residential options available | scholarships available | video or in-person audition required | audition requirements online |   2013 Video Documentary | online application deadline: June 30, 2014 (space permitting!)
Rutgers Junior and Senior Dance Conservatories are intensive, precollege programs for experienced dancers who seek to build artistic acuity and technical endurance while learning about pursuing college study as they work toward a career in dance. Students attend ballet and modern technique classes and meet with staff on learning goals and career aspirations. Dancers work in intimate repertory groups with professional choreographers and create their own choreography, which is performed in two fully produced, end-of-session showcases. Prospective participants must complete an online application, an audition (video or live),and have their primary dance instructor complete an online recommendation form.
June 29–July 27, 2014
Ages 14 -18 | commuter and residential options available | scholarships available | financial aid application deadline: May 1, 2014 | application deadline: May 15, 2014

Unparalleled conservatory training for young people serious about acting! RSAC is a highly selective, four-week conservatory acting program that accepts only 38 high school students from across the country. All conservatory faculty are working theater professionals dedicated to providing students with a challenging, inspiring learning environment that allows each student to develop as a young theater artist. Musical Theater track available! 

Kids Create!

Session I: June 23–June 27, 2014 Red Oaks School, Morristown, NJ
Session II: August 4–8, 2014 Douglass campus, New Brunswick, NJ
Session III: August 11–15, 2014 Douglass campus, New Brunswick, NJ
Ages 6-12 | Commuter only | early drop off & after care available | FAQ Parent Information
Online application deadlines:
  • June 1, 2014, Morristown
  • July 14, 2014, New Brunswick
Fill your child’s summer days with music, dance, theater and visual arts! Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., children develop their imaginations and skills through drawing, painting, collage, movement, music, improvisational theater, creative dramatics, and playwriting. Classes are taught by professional musicians and artists from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and Youth Stages. Each week’s offerings are unique, so children may participate in one or both weeks. Camp weeks end with showcases, giving students the opportunity to perform for their families. No prior experience needed. Before and aftercare are available for an additional charge.