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 28, 2021) 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. Full and partial scholarships to the Workshop are provided through the Jeff Clayton Educational Fund to all applicants who are admitted to 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 Workshop will take place from August 26 to September 6, 2021. The Vail Jazz Foundation is closely monitoring developments with respect to COVID-19 conditions and restrictions. It is anticipated that by late August Vail Jazz will be able to organize and present the Workshop in compliance with all health regulations and protocols then in effect. However, Vail Jazz will only organize the Workshop if it is able to do so in a safe manner in compliance with all applicable regulations. If it is determined that the Workshop cannot be presented in person because of COVID 19 related issues, the Workshop will be presented virtually. It should be noted that last year the Workshop was presented online and it was a great success.
The application process consists of 1) a written application and 2) video audition. To be considered for admission an applicant must complete and submit all materials by April 30, 2021.
Full and partial scholarships to the Workshop are provided through the Jeff Clayton Educational Fund to all applicants who are admitted to the Workshop. Jeff Clayton was a founding faculty member of the Workshop who passionately taught and mentored Workshop students for a quarter century, inspiring and shaping the careers of jazz’s next generation. Always willing to share his knowledge and wisdom with his students, Jeff’s legacy lives on with the establishment of the Fund. For more information about scholarships see the Application Instructions mentioned above.