Summer Jazz Studies — a two-week program

Summer Jazz Studies               
July 1-13, 2018 (two-week program)

Faculty: Bill Tiberio, saxophone; Charles Pillow, saxophone; Colin Gordon, saxophone; Conrad Ziarniak, saxophone;  Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Mike Kaupa, trumpet; Charlie Carr, 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

Note that during the first week there will be an off-campus trip. Details TBA.

Jazz Studies Schedule 2018
Updated 6/27/18. Check it out!

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 1, 1–4 p.m.
Orientation: Sunday, July 1 at 7 p.m. in ESM Room 120
Depart (dorm): Friday evening, July 13

All concerts are livestreamed, video recorded, and audio recorded.
Video and audio files will be available for download a few weeks after the end of the program.

Small Ensembles: Thursday, July 12 at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
To watch the livestream, click here:
Large Ensembles: Friday, July 13 at 3 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
To watch the livestream, click here:

Application Fee and Deadlines:

  • Fee waived for current ECMS students
  • $50 nonrefundable if application is completed by March 1
  • $100 nonrefundable if application is completed after March 1, up until April 30
  • Incomplete applications and those submitted after April 30 will not be reviewed
  • Upon acceptance, students will be invoiced for a nonrefundable $100 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

$1350 Tuition only 
$1027  Housing and meals only
$2377  Total tuition, housing & meals

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

Click HERE to apply (not open for 2019 yet)

Click HERE for forms for accepted students

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Read our blog: Students Love the Challenge: Serious Jams at Eastman Summer Jazz Studies