2016 Summer Camps at Elefante

Summer 2016 was a FANTASTIC one here at Elefante! Our popular summer camps were full of truly happy campers. We sang, danced, acted, filmed, played instruments, performed at huge theaters, performed at cool jazz clubs, attended master classes with Broadway and film stars, jammed with Grammy-nominated jazz instructors, put on puppet shows, and LEARNED SO MUCH. From shiny new instruments to shiny new tap shoes, summer 2016 sparkled. Best of all, we made lifelong friends and unforgettable memories!

Check this page as 2017 nears to get ready for NEXT summer's camps (we're already planning for them, and they're going to be AWESOME)! In the meantime, get a taste of what our camps are all about by checking out our 2016 summer season below.

Browse through all the camps listed below by scrolling down, or jump to just the camp that you're interested in by clicking it here:
Musical Theater Camp
Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble
Rock Camp
Just Strings Camp
Dance Intensive/Acting Onstage Camp
Acting for the Camera Camp
Broadway Beginners Camp
Jump-Start Instrumental Camp


Musical Theater Camp
BIG NEWS:
Elefante Musical Theater Camp 2016 will be held at the Pingry School!

Join Broadway Musical Director Joe Elefante and a staff of top-notch theater professionals for an amazing summer of musical theater training and performance! We are thrilled to announce that this wildly-popular summer performing arts camp is now being held at the spacious, state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal facilities at Pingry's beautiful Basking Ridge campus (131 Martinsville Road Basking Ridge)!.

Returning campers: get ready for another amazing summer. New campers: you won't believe how much fun you're going to have singing, dancing, acting, and making friends and lifelong memories! This year's camp theme is "Broadway Showstoppers". The theme will provide our campers with wonderful musical numbers to perform as they learn about great Broadway musicals from the golden age of musical theater through to the top hit shows of today!

Each of the 3 two-week sessions culminates in our "big show" -- a FREE Friday night performance in the spacious Hauser theater at The Pingry School. The "big show" features a live professional band backing the kids! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch videos of past camp performances! Since each camp session's "big show" is totally different, you can enroll in all three sessions (many students do)!

GRADES: entering K-12
TIME: 9:00-3:00
DATES: Session 1: 6/27-7/8*; Session 2: 7/11-7/22; Session 3: 7/25-8/5
PRICE: $700 per Session*
*Price for Session 1 is $630, as there is no camp on Independence Day)
LOCATION: The Pingry School, 131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
(for Elefante Musical Theater Camp, through Community Pass, Pingry's easy online registration system).

Here's a breakdown of the Elefante Musical Theater Camp schedule:
Morning Session - Each morning, students participate in age-based class rotations where they receive structured instruction in dance, vocal performance, and acting.

Lunch - Lunch is in Pingry's beautiful, sunlit dining hall. Campers can choose to bring their own (nut-free) lunch, or opt to purchase a lunch (see "Camp Day Extras", below).
Wildcard Session - After lunch, there's a "wildcard" session in which we do something different each day. Past wildcards have included: master classes with Broadway, film, and TV performers; visits from film, TV and Broadway casting directors; clinics with Broadway agents and managers (some of our students were even "discovered" and signed by management as a direct result of these clinics); workshops on set design, technical direction, and costuming; intensives in specialized dance styles such as hip-hop and tap; vocal-style intensives; and Acting for Film, Television, and Commercials.
Afternoon Session (Performance Workshop) - The last two hours of camp is our Performance Workshop, where campers of all ages come together onstage at the Hauser Theater for a full-company rehearsal for the "big show".

Elefante Musical Theater Camp is divided into 4 age groupings:
Entering Grades K - 2nd also known as "The Littles"
Entering Grades 3 - 5th also known as "The Elems"
Entering Grades 6 - 8th also known as "The Mids"
Entering Grades 9 - 12+ also known as "The Highs"

"The Elems" and above follow the above-listed morning class rotations within their respective age group, but at lunchtime and beyond, all age groups combine for wildcards and full company rehearsal. "The Littles" follow their own specialized schedule, which covers acting, singing, dancing, puppetry, arts & crafts and more, but which does not adhere to a set morning rotation. "The Littles" often combine with the other age divisions and with the full company to rehearse small- and large-group numbers, as "The Littles" are prominently featured in the "big show".

Camp Day Extras

For campers needing extra convenience, Pingry offers "Camp Day Extras" which include extended care, transportation options, etc. You may choose from these options upon registration. Here's a link to descriptions and pricing information for these additional options.

Play Ball!

As in past years, Elefante Musical Theater Camp will be performing on the baseball field at the Somerset Patriots Game! Our performance this summer will be on Tuesday evening, July 19th. The ballgame performance is open to all Musical Theater campers regardless of the session in which they are enrolled. Save the date; we'll fill you in with more details as the performance approaches!

Carpool List

Interested in carpooling to Musical Theater Camp? Send an email to karen@elefantemusic.com with your name and email address. We'll then share your name and email address with everyone on the carpool list so that you can find the perfect carpool situation.


Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble

Elefante Music is thrilled to announce our exciting new summer opportunity for student musicians: Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble! Our two-week jazz band intensive offers daily rehearsals with jazz instruction in a big band setting, weekly sectionals with well known jazz musicians, and a Friday night ONSTAGE performance (at a cool restaurant/club) at the end of the intensive. Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble is scheduled for the early morning so that students can easily add this wonderful learning/performing experience to their summer activities. This experience is a must for students who aspire to be part of their school jazz ensembles.

Enrollment in the Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble is by recommendation from the students' school jazz band director. Call Carolyn at (908) 464 5928 for additional details.

The Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble director is Vincent Turturiello, a grammy-nominated music educator in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood schools. His jazz band, "The Moonglowers", has taken top honors in the NJ Assocation for Jazz Education's Division II competition in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Here's video from their 2015 award-winning performance:

Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble is for students who play: alto/tenor/bari sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and vocalists.

Click here for proficiency guidelines

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the best big band directors in New Jersey!
UPDATE: All slots in The Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble have been filled.
GRADES: entering 7th-12th grade
TIME: 8:00am-10:00am
DATES: 6/27-7/8 (no meeting July 4)
PRICE: Free program; open to recommended students only
ENROLLMENT: By recommendation from school jazz band director. Call Carolyn at (908) 464 5928 for additional details.
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Rock Camp
(at least 1 year of experience on your instrument required)


At Rock Camp we perform popular music from greats like The Beatles, The Who, The Police, Journey, and many more. There's nothing like rocking out in band to build musicianship, confidence, and creative expression -- all while having a BLAST! All students are also encouraged (but not required) to be singers! Rock Camp culminates in a Friday night performance at 10th Street Live in Kenilworth on the last day of camp.

Students must have one year of playing experience. Grouping based on experience.


GRADES: entering 4th-12th grade
TIME: 9:30am-12:30pm
DATES: 8/1-8/5
PRICE: $300 (per session). See below for registration form.
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Just Strings Camp
(at least 2 years of experience on your instrument required)

This week is dedicated to violin, viola, cello and bass players who have studied for a minimum of 2 years. Play fun pieces in an ensemble setting. Students will continue learning to actively listen, improve intonation, and create a beautiful tone. Get ready for back-to-school auditions. Performance on last day of camp.

Students must have two years of playing experience.

TIME: 3:30pm-5:00pm
DATES: 7/18-7/22
PRICE: $150. See below for registration form.
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Dance Intensive and Acting Onstage Camps (one or both)

In the Dance Intensive Camp, students will learn a variety of dance styles, improve overall technique, and take classes in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, modern hip hop, musical theater dance and more! There will be a performance on the afternoon of the last class right here at Elefante!

In the Acting Onstage Camp, students will explore acting and improvisation games, character development, timing, vocal projection, nuance, stage technique, script work, set design, costumes, and props as they prepare a short play in which each participant has a part. There will be a performance on the afternoon of the last class right here at Elefante!

GRADES: entering 2nd-12th
TIME: Dance: 9:00am-12:00pm entering grades 6-12. 12:30pm-3:30pm entering grades 2-5
Acting: 9:00am-12:00pm grades 2-5 . 12:30pm-3:30pm grades 6-12. (NOTE: Both the morning and afternoon sessions of Acting Onstage camp are now full. However, there is still room in the Dance Intensive morning and afternoon camps)
DATES: 8/8-8/12
PRICE: Dance only or Acting only: $275; Both camps: $500 (discount of $50 if enrolling in both camps). See below for registration form.
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Acting for the Camera Camp

Acting for the Camera Camp is a unique and fun opportunity to study the techniques used by film, television, and commercial actors. Learn how to make the camera work for you. Each student will receive his/her own video "reel" at the end of the camp!

GRADES:entering 2nd-12th
TIME: Session 1 (entering grades 2nd-5th): 9:00am-12:00pm. Session 2: (entering grades 6th-12th) 12:30-3:30
DATES: 8/15-8/19
PRICE: $275. See below for registration form.
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Broadway Beginners Camp

Broadway Beginners Camp is an exciting camp exclusively for the preschool set (ages 3-5)! This 1-week, 1/2 day camp (choose from either 9:00-12:00 or 12:30-3:30) is just perfect for the budding performer in every child! Students are introduced to singing, dancing, acting, and all things musical theater, sprinkled with a heavy dose of fun! There will be a "sharing" of what the students learned at the end of the classes!

AGES: 3-5
TIME: Session 1: 9:00am-12:00pm. (UPDATE: The 9:00am-12:00pm session of Broadway Beginners Camp is now full, but there is still room in the 12:30-3:30 session) Session 2: 12:30-3:30 (sessions can't be combined)
DATES: 8/22-8/26
PRICE: $275. See below for registration form.
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Jump-Start Instrumental Camp (for first-year school instrument students)

Jump-Start Instrumental Camp prepares students for their first year of studying an instrument at school. Kids can enter their school band or orchestra feeling confident and ready to make music! There will be a performance on the afternoon of the last class, right here at Elefante!

GRADES: first-year school instrument students
TIME: 9:30am-12:30pm
DATES: 8/22-8/26
PRICE: $300. See below for registration form.
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ


Registration Form

Click here to download a 2016 Summer Camp Registration Form. NOTE: This form applies to the following camps only: Rock Camp, Just Strings Camp, Dance Intensive/Acting Onstage Camp, Acting for the Camera Camp, Broadway Beginners Camp, and Jump-Start Instrumental Camp. (For Musical Theater Camp or Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble, please follow the registration directions listed above.)

You can either mail in the completed form (1790 Springfield Ave. New Providence, NJ 07974), scan it and email it to karen@elefantemusic.com, drop it by in person, or call Karen -- (908) 464 5928 -- and we can fill it out together over the phone.


Enjoy some video from past years' camps!

Click here to check out all of our student performance videos at the
Elefante Music & Performing Arts YouTube Channel
.