New for 2014
For Guitarists: This summer the Skidmore Jazz Institute will be offering a unique two-week program specifically for beginning and intermediate jazz guitarists. Anyone anxious to learn the fundamentals of jazz guitar and dramatically improve their knowledge and playing abilities will come away from these two weeks with a strong foundation in all aspects of jazz guitar performance.
All the basics of jazz guitar will be covered including reading, comping techniques, chord voicings, improvisation and soloing, how to play in a rhythm section, as well as jazz notation, alternate chording, appropriate equipment, and much more.
Students will receive individual, personalized lessons, perform in a guitar ensemble, and attend master classes, all taught by nationally acclaimed jazz guitarists, Paul Bollenback and Adam Moezinia. Participants will also have opportunities to sit in and play with jazz rhythm sections.
Avid Pro Tools Workshop
This new workshop, offered during the two-week summer Institute, will give students a hands-on opportunity to learn a basic understanding of Avid Pro Tools, the preeminent recording software in the music industry. Students will participate in and observe the recording process and gain a better understanding of how editing and mixing techniques can be utilized to capture and enhance their music. These sessions, taught in the Zankel Music Center by John Nazarenko, Skidmore College Senior Artist-in-Residence, will show musicians how to use the latest recording techniques to promote themselves and further develop their compositions, arrangements, and musical skills.
Sample Daily Schedule
8:30–10 a.m. Combo rehearsal
10:15–noon Lessons or practice
1:30 p.m. Performance class or special topic
3 p.m. Master class with faculty member or guest artist
8 p.m. Guest artist or faculty sextet performance
Evenings & Weekends
Concerts with Institute guest artists and the Skidmore Faculty are scheduled on weekday evenings. The 2014 guest artists are expected to be announced shortly. Click here to see a list of the Institute’s previous guest artists.
Participants will also attend the Freihofer's Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center the weekend of June 28–29. For more information on this summer’s festival, visit: www.spac.org.
All Jazz Institute classes and concerts take place in the award-winning Arthur Zankel Music Center. This state-of-the-art music center has been honored by the American Institute of Architects for architectural design and merit, and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet received a Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Record [Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-Lobos] recorded in the Ladd Concert Hall. In addition to this acoustically-tuned concert hall, the building features practice rooms WITH windows, a 90-seat Elisabeth Luce Moore Hall for lectures and recitals, electronic music laboratory, piano lab, classrooms, and the Grossman Recording Studio.
Program participants who live on Skidmore’s campus will be housed in one of the College’s residence halls. Dormitory rooms are spacious and feature free Internet access and cable television. The dining hall offers a nutritionally balanced menu with ample vegetarian options. Participants will have use of the College’s library, swimming pool, weight and fitness rooms, lighted tennis courts, track, and North Woods hiking trails.
Participants are responsible for bringing their own instruments (this includes drums, acoustic bass, guitars) and any necessary equipment (amplifiers, extension cords, reeds). You will want to bring your Real Book, if you own one, and staff paper; music stands are provided. Bass players will find a wheel helpful.
If you are traveling to Saratoga Springs by air, please check with your airline to be aware of any flight restrictions concerning your instruments. Information on renting instruments locally will be provided closer to the start of the program.
If you would like to ship your drums before arriving on campus, please contact Wendy Kercull (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know when they will be arriving. They will be secured in your rehearsal space for you to unpack and set up upon arrival.
Please ship drums to:Wendy Kercull