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JAS Academy
Presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass in association with The Frost School of Music at University of Miami
July 11 - 25, 2021 - Combo/Small Ensemble Sessions
July 25 - Aug. 7, 2021 - Individual/Big Band Sessions

Admissions Deadlines: 
Combo/Small Ensemble Sessions March 1, 2021
Individual/Big Band Sessions March 1, 2021

The JAS Academy will expand in 2021 to include a new "Combo/Small Ensemble Session," July 11-25. This two-week intensive workshop will be followed by the highly-acclaimed JAS Academy "Individual/Big Band Session," led by JAS Academy Artistic Director Christian McBride. McBride will work in tandem with Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg and Academy Program Director Chuck Bergeron, who will work on both sessions. 

Daily program activities for both sessions will include a blend of coaching from JAS Academy jazz masters & faculty members along with individual group time for rehearsal and recording. Select Frost School of Music Curricula will be introduced, addressing topics essential to developing well-rounded musicians with the tools to succeed in the 21st century music industry. Classes in recording techniques, arranging, production, touring, agent representation, artist management, contracts, website development, and digital rights will be excluded.

This program is full-scholarship with all travel, lodging, tuition and meals paid and provided by Jazz Aspen Snowmass. 

Combo/Small Ensemble Sessions - July 11-25, 2021 - Snowmass/Aspen, CO
For this session JAS/Frost are seeking group applicants from existing ensembles with unique repertoire and/or arrangements. Additionally, groups interested in exploring a new or specific artistic vision are encouraged to audition. The Academy equally values groups with a more narrow music genre focus as well as those who by definition seek to present a wider diversity of material and genres. This program is led by Frost Dean Shelly Berg and Program Director Chuck Bergeron.

The JAS Academy will accept applications from any group, without limitation as to instrument, as small as 3 members or as many as 6 members.

Individual/Big Band Sessions - July 25-Aug. 7, 2021
For the Individual/Big Band Sessions JAS/Frost are seeking individual applicants able to perform proficiently in both combo and big band settings. Strong reading skills, experience with improvisation, doubling, and familiarity with multiple styles of jazz music are prerequisites. The program is led by JAS Artistic Director Christian McBride in tandem with Frost Dean Shelly Berg and Program Director Chuck Bergeron.

REGARDING SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE A CURRENT BIG BAND VIDEO DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS YOU ARE WELCOME TO UPLOAD AN OLDER VIDEO OR LEAVE A NOTE IN YOUR APPLICATION THAT STATES ONE IS NOT AVAILABLE. 

The positions to be filled are as follows:

  • Four trumpets (1 lead)
  • Four trombones (1 bass)
  • Five reeds (2 alto, 2 tenor, 1 baritone)
  • Two piano, three bass, three drums
  • One guitar
  • One vocalist

For more information on both sessions call 970.920.4996 or visit jazzaspensnowmass.org

For technical questions, please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.