Eastman Experience: Summer Jazz Studies — a two-week program

Eastman Experience: Summer Jazz Studies               
June 28-July 10, 2020 (two-week program)
Jeff Campbell, director
Registration open now!

“The faculty definitely make the program what it is. They don’t only teach, but inspire, and encourage you to have fun too!” -2019 participant

 Bill Tiberio, saxophone; Charles Pillow, saxophone; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Mike Kaupa, trumpet; Mark Kellogg, trombone; Bob Sneider, guitar; Dariusz Terefenko, piano; Jeff Campbell, bass; Rich Thompson, drums; 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

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

Application Fee and Deadlines:

  • Application fee waived for current ECMS students
  • $50 nonrefundable if application is completed by February 15
  • $100 nonrefundable if application is completed after February 15, up until April 15
  • Incomplete applications and those submitted after April 15  will not be reviewed extended until April 30th!
  • Upon acceptance, students will be invoiced for a nonrefundable $300 deposit to secure their place
  • Tuition and housing payment (if applicable) due by May 15
  • Cancellations less than two weeks prior to arrival will not receive a refund except for a documented emergency

Note: Certain instruments have limited enrollment, so check the website for updates on openings

$1400 Tuition only
$1092  Housing and meals only  
$2492 Total tuition, housing & meals
Partial merit-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

Arrive: Sunday, June 28, 12-5 p.m. for residents of the Student Living Center and 7 p.m. for commuters
Orientation: Sunday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in ESM Room 120
Depart: Friday evening, July 10 (after concert)
To read the Residential Student Handbook that all residential students receive and sign, please click here.

All concerts are livestreamed, video recorded, and audio recorded.
Video and audio files will be available for download several weeks after the end of the program.
For livestreaming, please click this link, www.esm.rochester.edu/live/kilbourn.
There is no password and streaming starts 15 minutes prior to the concert’s start. The same link will work for both concerts.
Small Ensembles: Thursday, July 9 at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Large Ensembles: Friday, July 10 at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall

Daily Schedule
: Click HERE for a detailed weekly schedule in calendar format. Please note that students will be assigned to both a small ensemble (JPW) and a large ensemble and they will choose a music theory class. Afternoon and evening practice times are suggested but not mandatory. 

HERE is full program information as well as answers to frequently asked questions.


Click HERE to apply now

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