Eastman Experience: Summer Jazz Studies
A two-week program (offered online for 2021)

Eastman Experience: Summer Jazz Studies               
June 27-July 9, 2021
Jeff Campbell, director

“Well done everyone!!! We are very impressed with what you were able to coordinate, facilitate, and deliver in the most trying of circumstances. Our son had a marvelous time and learned a great deal!” -2020 participant’s parent

Wondering if a virtual experience of Eastman is a good fit for you? Read this helpful article, which features one of Eastman’s Summer programs!

Charles Pillow, saxophone; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Mark Kellogg, trombone; Bob Sneider, guitar; Dariusz Terefenko, piano; Jeff Campbell, bass; Rich Thompson, drums; Dave Rivello, theory & 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. In reaction to the COVID -19 restrictions, in the Summer 2020 we transitioned our program to online instruction and successfully accommodated all components to the remote mode of learning. We will continue with an online option for this program in Summer 2021.

Classes include:

  • Instrumental Master Classes
  • NEW! Private lessons with faculty
  • Jazz Theory/Improvisation/Composition
  • NEW! Cyber Guest Artist Lectures and Master Classes
  • Jazz Forum
  • Cyber Combos
  • Pop-Up Classes (TBD)

See schedule below!

Application Fee and Deadlines: Application closed for 2021

  • Application fee waived for current ECMS students
  • $50 nonrefundable if application is completed by March 15
  • $100 nonrefundable if application is completed after March 15, up until April 30  June 15.
  • Incomplete applications and those submitted after April 30 June 15 will not be reviewed.
  • Upon acceptance, students will be invoiced for a nonrefundable $300 deposit to secure their place. This is due by May 15.
  • Tuition due in full by May 15  June 15.
  • Cancellations less than two weeks prior to the beginning of the program will not receive a refund except for a documented emergency.


Partial merit and need-based scholarships available (see application)

10% tuition discount for ECMS students enrolled both semesters, 25% discount for children of qualifying University of Rochester employees. Partial scholarships may be requested on the application form. Employee discount must be applied for through employee’s HRMS page.

Audition Requirements:
To be completed on the online application

  • Video links, no more than 10 minutes total
  • Three contrasting pieces, i.e. bebop tune, standard, ballad
  • Recorded examples to include improvised solos when possible
  • Accompanying skills: walking bass, comping, etc.
  • Drums: four recorded examples, including medium tempo swing with trading fours; ballad with brushes; up-tempo swing; Latin


  • Participants should have regular access to a good laptop or desktop (either Mac or PC) with working speakers, a camera, a microphone, and a steady internet connection.
  • Each year Jazz Studies includes international students. International students need to be completely conversant in English to take full advantage of the program. Please note that all classes are conducted in Eastern Daylight Time and all classes and workshops are synchronous.
  • Applications and audition recordings will be reviewed shortly after their receipt, and most students will know their status within several weeks. Please allow extra time during the Covid19 Pandemic for processing. Current ECMS students may apply without submitting a recording but do need to have their ECMS teacher send a recommendation.

Start/End Dates:
Orientation: Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Last Day: Friday July 9


Daily Schedule

This is the general schedule for the duration of the program. Please note that students will choose their music theory class and may have some elective options as well. Students also schedule their own lesson times with their teachers. *New Updates* Forum speakers and faculty concerts now included!



Click HERE to apply now

Applications closed for 2021

Please be sure to add the following e-mail addresses to your address book so they are not filtered out as spam and so you don’t miss any important communications: jcampbell@esm.rochester.edu and sgreathouse@esm.rochester.edu .

Read our blog: Summer@Eastman 2020: Summer Jazz Reflections