HOW TO APPLY
The application process is now open for the 2017 Vail Jazz Workshop.
The application process consists of 1) a written application, 2) recommendation from a musical professional, 3) video audition and 4) interview. To be considered for admission an applicant must complete the above and submit all materials by the stated deadlines.
IMPORTANT CHANGE: Please note that a section of the Vail Jazz Workshop application process has changed. The Nomination Form that preceded the formal application will be submitted alongside other application materials as a Recommendation Form. The Recommendation Form is a required part of the application, and must be filled out by a musical professional.
Full and partial scholarships are available to applicants who are admitted to the Workshop.
Important dates and deadlines for the 2017 Workshop:
January 10 | Application process opens
April 10 | Application deadline
June 1 | Final selections made
Aug. 26 – Sep. 4 | 2017 Vail Jazz Workshop
Please note: Students must commit to attendance of the full 10 day Workshop. Since a student’s school may be in session at the time of the Workshop (esp. students on their way to college), consideration must be given to whether the student will be given permission
and/or is willing to be absent from school.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
The Workshop is a residency program for twelve dedicated and gifted young jazz musicians who have demonstrated a commitment to their musical studies and a level of skill to warrant special attention. The level of talent of the students attending the Workshop is extremely high. Therefore only students who can play at the highest level will likely gain admission to the Workshop.
The Workshop covers jazz theory, group lessons, private lessons, jazz improvisational work, ensemble participation, and multiple performance opportunities and is open to high school students only (determined as of May of the calendar year of the Workshop) whose primary instruments are piano, bass, drums, trumpet, saxophone and trombone. Unfortunately the Workshop does not admit students whose primary instrument is any other instrument.
Vail Jazz’s goal is to assist dedicated young musicians realize their full potential. Vail Jazz provides financial assistance (up to a full scholarship) to a student, determined based upon the student’s household income, in order to assist him/her to attend the Workshop. In return, Vail Jazz expects each student to pay back his/her “debt” by giving back to his/her community. Any student nominated should have demonstrated a commitment to these ideals, as well as a level of maturity that establishes beyond a doubt that he/she is worthy of a admission to this very special program (without regard to economic need).
Due to the fact that the Workshop ends on Labor Day of each year, a student’s school may be in session at the time of the Workshop (this is especially problematic for students on their way to college) and therefore consideration must be given to whether the student will be given permission and/or is willing to be absent from school.