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Skidmore College
Skidmore Jazz Institute

About The Summer Jazz Institute 


(all times are Eastern Standard Time and subject to change)

  • 9 am—Noon Instrumental lessons
  • Break for Lunch
  • 1—2:15 pm Combo rehearsal
  • 2:30—3:30 pm Master class with faculty member or guest artist
  • 4—5 pm Technical sessions/additional lessons/faculty advisement
  • Evening Guest artist or faculty performance

Classes will be held Monday through Friday; no classes will be held on the weekends. Participants are expected to attend all classes and should plan for additional time needed for rehearsals or work outside the regularly-scheduled online classes.

Concerts with Institute Guest Artists and the Skidmore Faculty will be scheduled weekday evenings. Participants will have the opportunity to perform or broadcast a recorded concert to a closed audience on Friday afternoon each week.  

Participants typically attend the Freihofer's Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and perform at Caffe Lena during the Institute. These activities will be adjusted for safety in the summer of 2021 and details will be forthcoming in the spring.


Your at Home Studio

Students should have access to a dedicated workspace with the following items:

  • Your instrument and any necessary equipment (amplifiers, extension cords, reeds, etc.)
  • A Real Book (if you have one)
  • Music stand
  • A computer or tablet
  • USB microphone (see Suggested Models)
  • Headphones (see Suggested Models)

The Institute will be utilizing BandLab, a FREE online platform that will enable us to make music together and collaborate at a distance. Technical tutorials and assistance will be made available before and during the program. 

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Special Programs with questions or concerns related to services available to students with disabilities.

I had no idea how much this program would help me with my playing, and give me wisdom that will stay with me throughout the rest of my life. The faculty was really my favorite part of this program; they taught me so many important lessons about jazz performance and life in general. The faculty gave criticism in a positive way that inspired me to love the music, and to practice harder. I will never forget this experience, and I feel like it has been a vital part of my musical timeline.                                                         – 2019 Participant