Elefante Camps, 2017!

Summer 2017 Registration is NOW OPEN for all of of our exciting camps!

Our popular summer camps are full of truly happy campers. Last summer, 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, met Broadway talent agents, met our new school instruments for the very first time, and LEARNED SO MUCH. From shiny new instruments to shiny new tap shoes, last summer sparkled. Best of all, we made lifelong friends and unforgettable memories! We're ready to do it all again (and then some) in the summer of 2017! Join us for the summer of a lifetime!

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
New Jersey Jazz Academy Camp ("Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble")
Dance Intensive/Acting Onstage Camp
Broadway Beginners Camp (see NEWS FLASH, below)
Acting for the Camera Camp
Just Strings Camp
Jump-Start Instrumental Camp

Click here to jump to our Registration Form.

NEWS FLASH: In addition to the Broadway Beginners Camp that will be held during the week of August 14 to August 18, we are now ADDING another week for you to choose from: August 21 to August 25, AND we're offering both Broadway Beginners 1 and Broadway Beginners 2 both weeks! Why not enroll in two weeks of Broadway Beginners Camp?

Musical Theater Camp (Click here to jump to videos from Musical Theater Camp)

Join Broadway Musical Director Joe Elefante and a staff of top-notch theater professionals for an amazing summer of musical theater training and performance! This wildly-popular summer performing arts camp is 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 "Great Broadway Songwriters!". 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, and about the brilliant men and women who have written (and are still writing) amazing music and lyrics for Broadway.

Each of the 3 two-week sessions culminates in the "Great Broadway Songwriters!" show -- a FREE Friday night performance in the spacious Hauser Theater at The Pingry School. The performance 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 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: June 26, 2017 to July 7, 2017*
Session 2: July 10, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Session 3: July 24, 2017 to August 4, 2017
PRICE: $725 per Session*
*Price for Session 1 is $655, as there is no camp on Independence Day
LOCATION: The Pingry School, 131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ

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 entering third grade and up participate in age-based class rotations where they receive structured instruction in dance, vocal performance, and acting. Students entering K through second grade participate in a morning schedule tailored specifically to their ages and attention spans.
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
-- Audition workshops and 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
-- Acting for Film, Television, and Commercials.
Afternoon Session (Performance Workshop) - The last two hours of camp is our Performance Workshop, where campers break into performance groups to rehearse for the "Great Broadway Songwriters!" performance.

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 (or recently graduated), also known as "The Highs"

The "Elems", "Mids", and "Highs" follow the above-listed morning class rotations within their respective age groups, but at lunchtime and beyond, all age groups combine for wildcards, small-group rehearsals, and full company rehearsals. "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 "Great Broadway Songwriters!" performance.

Camp Day Extras

For campers needing extra convenience, Pingry offers "Camp Day Extras" which include extended care, busses from New Providence to/from Pingry, 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 Wednesday evening, August 9th. 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, town, and the sessions in which you've enrolled. We'll then share that info with everyone on the carpool list so that you can find the perfect carpool situation.

New Jersey Jazz Academy Camp

The NJ Jazz Academy director is Vincent Turturiello, a Grammy-nominated music educator. His Scotch Plains-Fanwood jazz band, "The Moonglowers", received top honors in the NJ Association for Jazz Education's Division II competition in 2014, 2015, and 2016. “Mr. T” is currently an adjunct professor at Kean University and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble

This two-week jazz band intensive is for the advanced player. Recommendation from the student’s school jazz band director or private teacher is required. This 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 a cool restaurant/club) at the end of the intensive. The 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 are in their school jazz band and wish to improve their skills, or students who will be auditioning for jazz band in the fall. The camp is open to students who play: alto/tenor/bari sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drums/percussion, vocalists, flute, and vibes/xylophone.

Check out this video of the Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble in performance:
GRADES: entering 7th-12th grade, teacher recommendation required
TIME: 8:00am-10:00am (doors open 7:45 am)
DATES: June 26, 2017 to July 7, 2017 (no camp July 4)
PRICE: $300
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
DATES: August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
PRICE: Dance only or Acting only: $275; Both camps: $500 (discount of $50 if enrolling in both camps).
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ

Broadway Beginners Camp (1 and 2)

Broadway Beginners 1 Camp is an exciting camp for the preschool set (ages 3-5), and Broadway Beginners 2 Camp is perfect for the early childhood learner (ages 6 & 7)! This 1/2 day camp is aimed at developing the budding performer in every child! Many of our most successful older performing arts students began their Elefante training as Broadway Beginners.

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: Broadway Beginners 1, ages 3-5; Broadway Beginners 2, ages 6 & 7
TIME: Broadway Beginners 1: 9:00am-12:00pm. Broadway Beginners 2: 12:30-3:30
DATES: August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017 OR August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017 (or both)
NEWS FLASH: We've added additional week of Broadway Beginners Camp to choose from: August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017. Why not enroll in two weeks of Broadway Beginners Camp?
PRICE: $275
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. Camera work differs from stage acting in many ways. Students discover how to convey emotion, mood, character, and tone for optimum effect onscreen.

Our instructors are working professional camera actors with years of experience in front of the lens. 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. NOTE: SESSION 1 OF ACTING FOR THE CAMERA CAMP IS NOW FULL
Session 2: (entering grades 6th-12th) 12:30pm-3:30pm.(there is still room in session 2)
DATES: August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
PRICE: $275
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: August 21 to August 25
PRICE: $150
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 enter their school band or orchestra feeling confident and ready to make music! Many band and orchestra teachers in the local schools have reported that our "Jump-Starters" enter the school instrumental program with a marked advantage. 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: August 28 - September 1
PRICE: $275
LOCATION: Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts, 1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ

Registration Form

Click here to download a 2017 Summer Camp Registration Form

To register for these summer camps, click on the link above to download a registration form. Once you've downloaded and printed the form, you can either mail in the completed form (1790 Springfield Ave. New Providence, NJ 07974), scan it or take a clear cell phone photo of it and email it to us, or call us at (908) 464-5928 and we'll fill it out together over the phone.

Please email registrations for Broadway Beginners Camp to karen@elefantemusic.com. Email registrations for Just Strings Camp, or Jump-Start Instrumental Camp to carolyn@elefantemusic.com.