Summer Camargo, 21, is a trumpet player in her fourth year at The Juilliard School, majoring in jazz studies. She is a recipient of a Jerome L. Greene Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Summer, born and raised in Hollywood, FL, has been a member of the prestigious All-National Jazz Band, the Jazz Band of America, the Grammy Band, the Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and was named a National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner, and Honorable Mention in Jazz Trumpet, as well as Merit winner in Jazz Composition. Summer was also Downbeat Magazine’s Outstanding Student Jazz Performance Award recipient. At the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Essentially Ellington Festivals, she received Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Awards, and in 2018, Summer won the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award, given to the best soloist in the festival. Camargo also participated in the Vail Jazz Workshop, Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz, the Monterey Jazz Festival Gala and played as a guest artist at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala and the Midwest Clinic. In 2020, Summer joined the Ulysses Owens, Jr. Big Band, participated in the Women in Jazz Organization Mentorship, and was awarded an Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Award at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s inaugural Jack Rudin Championship; she recently joined the GLUCK Fellowship at The Juilliard School and is the recipient of the 2020 Laurie Frink Career Grant. Most recently, Summer joined NBC's Saturday Night Live House Band, toured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for their 2022 Big Band Holidays series with Samara Joy, and has been playing with her own band in prestigious venues in NYC such as Dizzy's and Birdland.
As an educator, Summer has been a panelist for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz Congress for the "Talking Trumpets: Discussing Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong" with the other panelists being Jon Faddis, Sean Jones, Bria Skonberg, and Wynton Marsalis. She has performed masterclasses jazz festivals and conferences in Montana, Wisconson, Florida, and South Dakota. Some of her mini-masterclasses have been featured on several social media platforms such as Carnegie Hall's NYO-U and Jazz Memes, and she recently was a presenter at the 2023 JEN Conference.
As a composer, Camargo won the Dr. J. Douglas White Student Composition Contest in 2018 with her first, original big band chart, "Leap Froggin'." She was honored to have the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra record and perform her piece at the 2018 Essentially Ellington Festival. She was also commissioned to arrange her original composition "80 Tears of Joy" for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and she recently was commissioned to compose an original for the jazz ensemble at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Three of her original tunes were also featured in FONT Music in 2020.