2016 Summer Camps at Elefante

You've come to the right place for summer camp 2016! See below for all of the wonderful camp offerings, including a few amazing surprises!

Musical Theater Camp
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)!

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)

***** Early Bird Discount: $25 off (per camper and per session!) if paid in full by April 1, 2016 *****

(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".

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.

Big Band Camp

Elefante Music is thrilled to announce our exciting new summer opportunity for student musicians: Big Band Camp! Open by audition only, our two-week Big Band Camp 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 the end of the camp. Camp is scheduled for the early morning so that students can easily add Big Band Camp to their summer activities. Campers will be better prepared for their school jazz ensemble auditions in the Fall.

The Big Band Camp 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 as recently as 2014 and 2015.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from the best big band director in New Jersey!

Seating is limited. Click here for audition details

GRADES: 6-9, by audition only
TIME: 8:00am-10:00am
DATES: 6/27-7/8 (no camp July 4)
PRICE: $500

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. All students are also encouraged (but not required) to be singers! Rock camp culminates in a Friday night performance at Crossroads in Garwood on the last day of camp.

Must have one year of playing experience. Grouping based on experience.

GRADES: 3-12
TIME: 9:30am-12:30pm
DATES: 7/11-7/15
PRICE: $300. See below for registration form.

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: 2-12
TIME: Dance: 9:00am-12:00pm grades 6-12. 12:30pm-3:30pm grades 2-5
Acting: 9:00am-12:00pm grades 2-5. 12:30pm-3:30pm grades 6-12
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.

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: 2-12
TIME: Session 1 (grades 2-5): 9:00am-12:00pm. Session 2: (grades 6-12) 12:30-3:30
DATES: 8/15-8/19
PRICE: $275. See below for registration form.

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. Session 2: 12:30-3:30 (sessions can't be combined)
DATES: 8/22-8/26
PRICE: $275. See below for registration form.

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.

Click here to download a 2016 Summer Camp Registration Form. NOTE: This form applies to the following camps only: Rock Camp, Dance Intensive/Acting Onstage Camp, Acting for the Camera Camp, Broadway Beginners Camp, and Jump-Start Instrumental Camp. (For Musical Theater Camp or Big Band Camp, 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