CSI Community Education Center

CSI Jazz Camp

June 26 - 30, 2017

Do you love music? CSI Jazz Camp is open to anyone - adult or teenager - who can play an instrument!   Whether you are a hobbyist, a high school student, or have just always wanted to learn to play, CSI jazz camp is the perfect opportunity for you!  Hosted on the beautiful campus of the College of Southern Idaho, the camp provides instruction for all common jazz instruments - saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, keyboard, or drums. 

From the big band standards of the 30’s and 40’s to small combos... from freely improvised to newly composed music...our camp offers it all!  The most important element is only that you have a desire to play. 

Our faculty of professional musicians from across the country are masters of making music with students at every ability level. They meet each student where they are skills-wise and construct a positive and supportive experience that is guaranteed to improve the student’s ability on their instrument, knowledge of jazz repertoire, and their comfort in improvising. The powerful five day experience will allow students the opportunity to listen to, play, and learn about a wide range of music and will culminate in a swingin’ concert as part of the Jazz on the Canyon Rim festival. 

During the week, students will get the chance to:

  • Have direct contact with performance faculty six hours each day
  • Learn about the intricacies of technique on their instrument during daily sectionals
  • Work with their peers in chamber jazz combos
  • Learn about the building blocks of jazz music and improvising in jazz theory
  • Take part in the listening lab, where they will experience and learn about great jazz recordings and artists
  • Work with those peers and faculty in a big band setting in the culminating concert

Date, Time, & Location

June 26 - 30, 2017

Keep watching for exact camp times, but camp will run approximately 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. with some evening jamming and concert opportunities...We will let you know as soon as the schedule is finalized. We are excited!

Classes take place in the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Building. Check in on the first day will be in the CSI Fine Arts Building’s Foyer.

Registration & Payment

To register for the class, download, print, and fill out the following form:

  • Tuition is $275.
  • Registration deadline is June 22, 2017
  • There is a non-refundable $25 deposit due upon registration
  • Balance of camp is due by the first day of camp

Tuition will cover all program costs, but students are encouraged to bring their own instruments if possible. Because this is a day camp, the $275 fee does not include meals or housing. Younger students will need to bring a sack lunch or have mom and dad pick them up for the noon lunch hour. Older students/adults are welcome to bring their lunches or go off campus to eat. There are a limited number of needs-based scholarships available. If you are interested in these, please call Camille Barigar at 732-6288 or e-mail cbarigar@csi.edu.

Return completed forms and your $25 deposit or tuition in full to:
Camille Barigar
CSI Jazz Camp
CSI Fine Arts Center
PO Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238

You may also hand-deliver to the CSI Fine Arts Box Office.

Checks payable to College of Southern Idaho
We accept Visas, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or debit cards

Camp Faculty - Keep watching for faculty addition and updates!

Scott Farkas, Camp DirectorScott Farkas, Camp Director

Scott Farkas has been the director of the CSI jazz camp since its creation in 2013. He has been studying and performing music for over 20 years. Originally from New York, Scott holds Bachelor’s degrees in music performance and composition from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and a Master’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Akron. He has performed music in countless settings across the country and has been a full time member of the faculty at the College of Southern Idaho since 2012 as the director of percussion studies and of the CSI pep band. He has performed frequently around the Magic Valley with members of the local jazz community. He values music education very highly and seeks to always provide the highest caliber experience to students from many and varied walks of life. He has taught community education classes in African Drumming, college performance courses, private lessons, and has worked as a specialist in many local school districts including Kimberly, Buhl, Jerome, Filer, Minico, Declo, and Hansen. He draws on all of these varied experiences to create a positive student centered experience for every participant of the CSI jazz camp each and every year.


Scott PrebysScott Prebys

Scott Prebys is a multi-instrumental percussionist with numerous performances in the jazz, classical, pop and ethnic-music genres. He recently completed a highly-successful career in higher education (37 years) and is a 2009 recipient of the North Dakota Governor's Award for the Arts in Education. As a director/performer, he has made two appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, recorded for the Sea Breeze label, and has served as a clinician in twenty states and four Canadian provinces. Scott continues to serve on the faculty of the Kansas City Jazz Alliance workshops (12 years) and has directed all-state jazz ensembles in Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, and British Columbia. He recently composed and recorded the score for "The Enchanted Highway" (film) and has performed with numerous artists in the jazz and pop fields. His performance groups have consistently received high ratings in festival competition. Scott can be heard on weekday mornings throughout North Dakota on Prairie Public radio as host of "Prebys on Classics". He serves as a clinician for the Ludwig Drum Company and maintains a torrid performance/clinic schedule. In addition, he hosts "Prebys on Music" which can be viewed on Dakota Media Access as well as on the internet. He holds performance degrees from the University of Colorado, Indiana State University, and has attended the Eastman School of Music for post-graduate study.


Micheal FrewMichael Frew

Michael Frew is an adjunct instructor of guitar at the College of Southern Idaho where he coaches jazz combos and teaches class guitar and private lessons. He received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University where he studied with Corey Christiansen. Michael is featured on jazz vocalist Liz Wooley's debut CD, A Little Bit Romantic" and has performed in jazz ensembles for Carnival Cruises.


Jonathan Armstrongonathan Armstrong is a fiercely creative musician, composer and educator living in Pocatello, ID where he serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at Idaho State University.

Prior to moving to Idaho, Jonathan resided in Los Angeles, where he worked as a sought after musician for gigs, recordings sessions, and tours. He also founded the critically acclaimed modern jazz quartet Slumgum and the cutting edge electronic psychedelic group Pitch Like Masses. He has performed with these projects throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. 

As a composer, Jonathan has written music for film, dance, and theatre. In addition, he composes contemporary classical music, and has recently been experimenting with expansive meditative pieces that incorporate just intonation and spectral stimulation. The Sydney Morning Herald referred to Armstrong as "a composer and arranger who dares to imagine..."

Jonathan continues to create creative and daring music, collaborating with other like-minded artists including animators, painters, poets, dancers, and other musicians. His latest project was the critically acclaimed album Burnt Hibiscus, a project that combined chamber music with jazz, North Indian ragas, surrealist poetry, and improvisation.

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More Information

For more information or to obtain a registration or student information/release form

Camille Barigar at (208) 732-6288

Camille Barigar at cbarigar@csi.edu

Camille Barigar
CSI Jazz Camp
Po Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303

Stop By:
The CSI Fine Arts Center at 315 Falls Avenue in Twin Falls

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