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Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony


The dates of the 2014 Summer Jazz Colony are Sunday, August 3-Friday, August 8. Colonists arrive on Saturday, August 2nd and leave on Saturday, August 9th


The Summer Jazz Colony is a one-week, intensive educational program in jazz performance for a very limited number of exceptionally talented students. They come from throughout the United States and beyond to study with Brubeck Institute faculty, guest artists and master teachers, in combo rehearsals, master classes and private instruction, classes in jazz theory and advanced jazz improvisation, and seminars on the music of Dave Brubeck and other topics. Colonists have extensive opportunities to visit with the artists and clinicians, participate in numerous jam sessions, and perform in concert.

This instrumentation is designed to create four instrumental combos. Brass Players (Trumpet/Trombone), Saxophonists, Guitarists, Pianists, Bassists, and Drummers are encouraged to apply.

NEW FOR 2014 Summer Jazz Colony

The 2014 Summer Jazz Colony will take place at Sierra Nevada College at Incline Village in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. We are also thrilled to announce that we will be inviting a contingent of international students to join our young American jazz musicians (international students will be pre-selected and apply through The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and The National Youth Jazz Collective in the United Kingdom and through The Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra in Australia).

Online Application

The Institute accepts online applications from talented, accomplished, and highly motivated students who are entering their sophomore, junior or senior years in high school. Those who have graduated from high school are not eligible. Click here for application guidelines, deadlines and fees.