Any plans for summer vacation? Come explore jazz at New England Conservatory during Jazz Lab, a program for students ages 14 – 18 of all proficiency levels, from all over the country and abroad. Jazz Lab promises musical and personal growth in a week-long immersion in ensemble performance, improvisation, small group training, jam sessions, entrepreneurial workshops, and college audition prep. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome, as are small ensembles. No pre-audition is required. The program takes place Sunday, June 23 – Friday, June 28 and both day and overnight students are welcome.
Students will meet and work with NEC’s premiere jazz faculty including Ken Schaphorst, Dominique Eade, Joe Morris and Rakalam Bob Moses, as well as SCE jazz department chairs David Zoffer and Rick McLaughlin. Faculty and guest artists will perform each evening and lead jam sessions for all levels throughout the week. Students will be performing in Jordan Hall, a national historic landmark, and one of the most acoustically perfect venues in the U.S.
The week will feature seminars in entrepreneurship and training for careers in music. Faculty will counsel students on how to apply to conservatories, schools of music and universities; what to look for and what you can expect; and techniques for a successful audition.
Tuition is $850, which includes all classes, nightly faculty concerts, lunch and dinner daily. Overnight students pay an additional $450 for five nights’ housing, including linens and daily breakfast. For more information about this dynamic new program, visit the webpage at necmusic.edu/summer/jazz-lab. To reserve your place today, email ContinuingEducation@necmusic.edu
The School of Continuing Education (SCE) at New England Conservatory makes the resources of one of the world’s leading music institutions available to everyone, offering serious, satisfying music study from private instrument lessons to full certificate programs. Students can find classes in a range of subjects, workshops, master classes, private instruction and summer institutes, taught by over 100 of the area’s most highly qualified musicians.
Instructors include current and former Boston Symphony Orchestra members, NEC faculty, working jazz artists and many other highly qualified professionals. They’re superb musicians with a special quality: they love to teach students of all levels and abilities. The School of Continuing Education strives to match each student with the teachers who will meet their musical and personal needs. Many of the classes are designed for working adults and meet on weekday evenings or Saturdays. NEC’s School of Continuing Education is one of the few community education programs in the area that offers financial aid to its adult students in need.
New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department was the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. The brainchild of Gunther Schuller who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became President of the Conservatory in 1967, the unprecedented program was approved by the National Association of Schools of Music and began offering classes in September 1969. Closely allied to the Jazz Studies program was his Third Stream department (now Contemporary Improvisation), which came along a few years later, building bridges between classical music, jazz and related genres.
Jazz Studies faculty have included Carl Atkins, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre, six MacArthur “Genius” grant recipients (Steve Lacy, George Russell, Ran Blake, Gunther Schuller, Miguel Zenón and Jason Moran) and four NEA Jazz Masters (Schuller, Bob Brookmeyer, Russell and Ron Carter). Current faculty, led by Jazz Studies Chair Ken Schaphorst, are among the most distinguished jazz artists of today: Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, Luis Bonilla, Anthony Coleman, Dominique Eade, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, Donny McCaslin, John McNeil, Jason Moran, Bob Moses, Brad Shepik and Miguel Zenon, among others.
Prominent NEC alumni include Darcy James Argue, Bruce Barth, Richie Barshay, Don Byron, Regina Carter, Freddy Cole, Marilyn Crispell, Dave Douglas, Marty Ehrlich, Ricky Ford, Satoko Fujii, Jerome Harris, Fred Hersch, Roger Kellaway, Mat Maneri, Harvey Mason, Andy McGhee, Bill McHenry, John Medeski, Vaughn Monroe, Michael Moore, Noah Preminger, Jamie Saft, George Schuller, Luciana Souza, Chris Speed, Cecil Taylor, Daniel Tepfer, Cuong Vu, Phil Wilson, Bo Winiker, Bernie Worrell and Rachel Z. As of the 2012-2013 school year, the program has 61 undergraduate and 45 graduate students representing 12 countries.