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 is closed; schedule and revised tuition posted below

Nothing stops music: Eastman Experience: Summer Summer Jazz Studies will be offered in an online mode.
We are excited to announce that this is the first year in the history of the Summer Jazz Studies program that participants will have private lessons with Eastman faculty (listed below)! Don’t miss out!
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we are all working together to find best ways to continue your growth as a musician during this summer.
Stay healthy, positive, and keep practicing!

“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

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.

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 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 30
  • 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. This is due by May 15.
  • Tuition due in full by May 15 extended until June 1
  • 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

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


  • 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 Standard Time.
  • 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 28 at 6 p.m. EST
Last Day: Friday July 10

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.



Click HERE to apply now  Application closed

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