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.
Students attending the Workshop must be at least 15 years of age and not more than 19 years of age (determined as of August 29, 2020) and must be a full time student enrolled in a high school (grades 9 through 12) or home schooled in compliance with appropriate local law during the school year completed just prior to the Workshop. Applicants who have just graduated from high school may apply but an Applicant may not have attended a university, college, junior college or other post high school educational institution on a full time basis, nor may an Applicant have attended a prior Workshop.
The Workshop is only open to students whose primary instruments are the following: piano, bass, drums, trumpet, saxophone and trombone. Unfortunately the Workshop does not admit students whose primary instrument is any other instrument.
Applicants are selected for the Workshop based upon their demonstrated commitment to their musical studies and a level of skill to warrant the special attention provided by the Workshop. The Workshop is designed for advanced players and an applicant should have a technical command of his/her instrument, good sight reading skills, improvisational skills and a willingness to work hard.
Applicants are selected for the Workshop based on the above criteria regardless of financial need. 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.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
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.
Full and partial scholarships are available to applicants who are admitted to the Workshop.
Important dates and deadlines for the 2019 Workshop:
January 7 | Application process opens
April 8 | Application deadline
June 1 | Final selections made
Aug. 24 – Sep. 2 | 2019 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.
To apply, download the application materials, where you will find detailed instructions for completing the application process and all necessary forms. Please thoroughly read the application instructions before beginning your application.
Click here to download the application materials for the 2020 Vail Jazz Workshop. If you have any questions about the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.