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Skidmore College
Skidmore Jazz Institute
Batiste Masterclass
After careful consideration of current projections surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, Skidmore College has made the difficult decision to cancel all on-campus summer institutes, camps, conferences, events, and academic programs. All advance registration and program fees for summer programming will be refunded.  We very much regret the necessity for this action and share in the disappointment it brings, but the well-being of our local and extended community must continue to be our highest priority. We look forward to a time very soon when we can safely be together.

Please read this entire page for instructions on how to apply before continuing on to the online application.

Institute Dates: June 27 – July 11, 2020 - cancelled

Application Review:  

Application review will begin March 16, 2020. Applicants who complete the application and audition process by March 16 will be notified of their acceptance on or before April 1. Applications will still be accepted after March 16 until the program is filled and applicants will be notified as soon as possible of their acceptance. Please note that all scholarship applications must be received by March 16. 

Eligibility: Young musicians, who are in high school or older and ability level ranges from intermediate to advanced (pre-professional) should prepare the following materials for the online application:

  • A $60 application fee
  • An audition recording (video or audio)
  • A brief written description of your musical background (jazz and non-jazz), indicating your preferred style(s) of jazz 
  • A letter of recommendation from a former or current teacher with their phone number and e-mail address (you will upload the document into your application)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please make sure you have your documents ready and in the correct format prior to starting the online application process. Once you start your application, you will need to complete it in its entirety. The system will not allow you to make changes once the application has been submitted. If you close the browser you will lose all of your information. Your application will time out after 20 minutes.

Uploads should be in the following format and be no larger than 500MB each.
Document: .DOC; .DOCX; .PDF; .TXT

Notes for audition recording: Applicants may perform unaccompanied or with prerecorded rhythm tracks as an accompaniment to the tunes. A live performance that clearly demonstrates your abilities is also acceptable. Recordings are not judged on the basis of their recorded quality. We realize that access to recording equipment will vary with each applicant, but we do ask that you try to produce the best recording possible.

A file containing 10 to 15 minutes of material must include two different styles of jazz performance, swing and ballad. For each tune you should play the melody in its entirety, followed by an improvised chorus. Up to two files may be uploaded. Recordings should be unedited, cued to proper starting point and files must be labeled with your full name and item description.

Bass Players only: In addition to the previously listed materials, please include a walking bass line over two choruses of blues changes, quarter note = 120. Bass players must perform on acoustic bass. One additional file may be uploaded to the application.

Drummers only: In addition to the previously listed materials, your recording should include the following. One additional file may be uploaded to the application.

Medium swing (sticks), quarter note = 132
Up tempo swing (sticks), quarter note = 244
Up-tempo swing (brushes), quarter note = 244
Latin (sticks), half note = 120
Ballad (sticks), quarter note = 60
Ballad (brushes), quarter note = 60
Rock or funk (sticks), quarter note = 92

International Students
In accordance with U.S. Federal regulations, all non-U.S. Citizens must have a student visa to study in the United States. You may not attend Skidmore on a tourist visa. If you are an international student applying to the summer program please view International Student Visa Info.

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