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Skidmore Jazz Institute

Jazz Students

June 27 – July 9, 2021

In light of current pandemic conditions, the Skidmore Jazz Institute (SJI) will be offered online in the summer of 2021. SJI has been called the “non-pareil destination for attentive and engaged instruction in the improviser’s art” by DOWNBEAT Magazine, and we are excited to continue to communicate the traditions of jazz in this new format.  

The curriculum has been translated to an online experience that will keep the hallmarks of our in-person program and continue to inspire students even after the program ends. Aspiring young musicians will work closely with our faculty of top jazz practitioners who are also gifted educators. Students will attend daily rehearsals and improvisational classes and receive private and semi-private lessons.

The SJI concert series will present the Skidmore Faculty All-Stars and invited guest artists in performance, and afternoon master classes offer additional opportunities to learn from these master musicians. Students will perform online twice during the program.

Scholarships and technical assistance will be made available to students.

The Institute is led by Mark Beaubriand (Director) and Todd Coolman (Artistic Director). Previous students have successfully pursued jazz-related careers in the areas of performance, teaching and business and include Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Richie Barshay, Jonathan Batiste, Ryan Cohan, Sullivan Fortner, James Francies, Brandon Lee, Noah Preminger, Christian Scott, Kendrick Scott, Walter Smith, Burniss Earl Travis and Myron Walden, among others.

The Skidmore Jazz Institute would like to thank the Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Howard Bayne Fund, and members of the Skidmore College and surrounding communities for their generous support.

I had an unbelievably great time at the Skidmore Jazz Institute, learned so much about music, and made some really incredible friends. Though I’ve been drumming just about as long as I can remember, I can confidently say that the Jazz Institute has done more for my musicality than any other experience I’ve had. I feel more motivated and excited to play than ever before.                                                                                                                                              – 2019 Participant 

Jazz sponsorsNYS Council on the Arts Howard Bayne Fund