Why choose Elefante 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!

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 “They Wrote the Songs!”. 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 “They Wrote the Songs!” 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! Since each camp session is totally different, you can enroll in all three sessions (many students do)!

Click here to watch videos of past camp performances!

Click here to watch Elefante Performance Video

Click here to watch a behind the scenes look at Elefante Musical Theater Camp

Camp is super affordable, and tuition includes tickets to the performance, binders, t-shirts, our wild-card sessions with top industry professionals, and more! Don’t forget to take advantage of our wonderful Early Bird Discount and/or our Session 3 Discount.

Early Bird Discount: Register for any session before March 31st and receive a $50 discount for that session.

Session 3 Discount: Register for session 1 or session 2, and receive a $50 discount for session 3! This offer can be combined with the Early Bird Discount for a potential savings of $100!

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 – Here’s our opportunity to grab some fresh air and sunshine as we eat outside in Pingry’s beautiful courtyard! Campers bring bagged lunches. (We’ll eat inside in case of inclement weather).
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 “They Wrote the Songs!” 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 morning class rotation schedule as listed below 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.

Check out this link for more information and videos.

Camp Day Extras

For campers needing extra convenience, Pingry offers “Camp Day Extras” which include extended care, after-hours care, etc. You may choose from these options upon registration.


CAmp Location: BAsking Ridge Campus

Camp Sessions:

Session 1: $680 - 6/25/28 - 7/6/28 ( No camp 7/4)

Session 2: $750 - 7/9/18 - 7/20/18

Session 3: $750 - 7/23/18 - 8/3/18


Camp Schedule

Daily Schedule for Elems, Mids, and Highs

9:00 - 9:15Attendance, Announcements, Theater Games, and Warm-Ups
9:15-10:00 Conservatory Class - First Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
10:00-10:45Conservatory Class - Second Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
10:45-11:30Conservatory Class - Third Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
12:00-1:00Wild Card Session
1:00-3:00Small-Group and Full Company Rehearsals for "They Wrote the Songs".


Joe Elefante

Artistic Director

Joe Elefante has traveled 4 continents as a pianist, saxophonist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He has musically directed, conducted or played countless musical theater productions, including several at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Jersey Boys on Broadway and National Tour.

Joe founded the Joe Elefante Big Band in 2001, which was the house band at Cecil's Jazz Club for three years, and was featured on ABC's Nightline and in The Wall Street Journal. He was named a Jazz Ambassador by the Kennedy Center, and has toured Eastern Europe and the Middle East as a jazz pianist for the U.S. State Department. He has also been selected to the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Joe has composed and/or arranged over 80 compositions for large jazz ensemble, over 20 compositions for chorus, "Intermezzo" for full orchestra, "Concert for Band" for wind ensemble, a piano sonata, "Io Mio Rivolgo Indientro," for voice and piano based on a text by Petrarch, "Consenso a i Tre," for clarinet, cello, and piano, "Ozone" for clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, "Bone Poem" for trombone choir, and "Twentieth-Century Funk" for Saxophone Quartet. He has also completed three works based on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe: "Song" for SATB choir and piano, "Alone" for SATB choir and string orchestra, and "Evening Star" for SATB choir, wind quintet, piano, bass and percussion. 

Currently, Joe is a freelance composer/arranger/ performer, is very active as a clinician, and teaches music for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools in New Jersey.