Summer Jazz Studies — a two-week program

July 3-15, 2016 / Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Harold Danko, Jeff Campbell, directors

Faculty: Doug Stone, saxophone; Bill Tiberio, saxophone; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Mike Kaupa, trumpet; Mark Kellogg, trombone; Bob Sneider, guitar; Harold Danko, piano; Dariusz Terefenko, piano; Paul Hofmann, piano; John Nyerges, piano; Jeff Campbell, bass; Rich Thompson, drums; Howard Potter, vibes; Dave Rivello, composition

This rigorous two-week program provides an intensive, performance-based experience for highly motivated students currently in grades 9–12 and is ideally suited for those considering jazz studies at the collegiate level. Students work directly with the renowned Eastman School of Music jazz faculty in a program designed to enhance improvisational and ensemble skills. Classes include:

  • Instrumental Master Classes
  • Jazz Performance Workshops
  • Jazz Theory
  • Large Jazz Ensembles including: Big Bands, Saxology, Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Forum
  • Jazz Composition
  • Evening Jam Sessions

Jazz Studies 2016 Schedule

Final large and small ensemble performances are held in Eastman’s acoustically magnificent halls. Performances will be recorded, and each student will have access to the recordings online.


  • Arrive (dorm): Sunday, July 3, 1–5 p.m.
  • Orientation: Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. in ESM Room 120
  • Depart (dorm): Friday evening, July 15


  • Small Ensembles: Thursday, July 14 at 3 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall
  • Large Ensembles: Friday, July 15 at 3 p.m. in Kodak Hall


$1,290 Tuition only   CRN 17304  (10% discount for ECMS students enrolled both semesters)
$900   Housing and meals only  CRN 17310
$2,190  Total tuition, housing & meals
Rolling acceptances begin February 1; applications will be reviewed every 2 weeks beginning February 1.

Audition CD/DVD/mp3 requirements:

  • 5–7 minutes maximum
  • Three contrasting pieces, i.e. bebop tune, standard, ballad
  • Recorded examples to include improvised solos
  • Accompanying skills: walking bass, comping, etc.
  • Drums: four recorded examples, including medium tempo swing with trading fours; ballad with brushes; up-tempo swing; Latin

How to apply:

A complete application includes 2-page 2016 Summer Registration Form plus

  • A musical résumé including recent solo and ensemble music, honors, awards
  • A recommendation from your current ensemble director or private teacher
  • An audition CD/DVD/mp3
  • Application fee: $50 nonrefundable application fee if completed application is postmarked by April 1, 2016; $100 application fee if the complete application is postmarked after April 15, 2016.  Openings remain for Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar and Bass.
  • Incomplete applications and those postmarked after May 20, 2016 will not be reviewed.

Please mail your application to:
Eastman School of Music
Summer@Eastman Office
26 Gibbs Street, Box 36
Rochester, NY 14604-2599