(In photo, instructors from left to right – Jim Doxas, drums, Florian Hoefner, piano, Kelly Jefferson, saxophone and André Lachance, bass)

August 10 – 14, 2020

14 – 18 Years of Age

$399 per person

The Stratford Summer Jazz Academy boasts a faculty consisting of the very best musicians and educators from coast to coast. Specializing in improvisation and group collaboration, students will have the opportunity to learn in both individual and group settings, culminating in a final performance alongside faculty members as part of  Stratford Summer Music.

The Academy’s focus will be primarily on developing essential skills, but also on internalizing new concepts. Every young musician has a unique voice, and the faculty will focus on allowing that voice to develop, whether through articulation, balance of sound, listening, vocabulary, or by simplifying the many mechanical aspects of each student’s chosen instrument. This collective approach to teaching embodies all of these components, as students will be challenged to unlock the many facets of improvised music at this immersive and stimulating summer program.

If you are an emerging artist and/or enthusiast 14 – 18 years old and wanting to improve your jazz knowledge, please join us for this exciting week of  learning. This summer program will include daily workshops, combo sessions and guided practice sessions by some of the country’s most recognized and active jazz musicians.