Snow Pond Music Festival


Where Aspiring Artists,
Develop, Collaborate & Grow


Main # (844) 476-6976

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June 15 - June 23, 2020

Click here to apply.

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The Caribbean Jazz Institute provides college, graduate/postgrad—level jazz instrumentalists with an intensive 10-day program of study led by international artists Ron Blake and members of Dion Parson & the 21st Century Band.

Program participants focus on small ensemble performance, the introduction of rhythms of the Caribbean through the adaptation of original and standard jazz repertoire as a vehicle for improvisation, creative practice techniques, ear training, theory, & listening sessions. 

Master classes are provided daily on the fundamentals of jazz improvisation, along with small ensembles coached by the faculty, and performances through the course of the camp. 

Ample time scheduled for practice and other activities.

Program Highlights

  • Providing participants with the necessary tools to pursue creative outlets in music and jazz improvisation.
  • Combos, private lessons, and performances.
  • Specific focus on creative and healthy practicing, listening, and mastery of instruments.
  • An intimate and supportive environment for networking with peers and professional staff.
  • Affordable tuition includes lodging, meals, and recreational equipment/facilities.


Caribbean Jazz Institute 2019 Brochure
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Ron Blake, Program Director, The Juilliard School , Saturday Night Live Band, Christian McBride BigBand.

Dion Parson, 21st Century Band leader, United Jazz Foundation, head, Jazz at Lincoln Center, University of Virgin Islands, Artist in Residence.

Victor Provost, Steel-Pannist, George Mason University, Paquito D’Rivera Band


Participants must be over the age of 18 and are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. As the application process is on a rolling basis with a maximum of 20 students, we encourage you to apply early.



Victor SPJIPreformed Ensembles  (Preformed combos are encouraged to apply) Please submit all auditions as Youtube video links or mp3 files. In some cases a live audition may be possible.

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Tuition includes non-refundable $50 application fee
8 days – all-inclusive  (instruction, meals, housing, and on-campus activities) - $1400

Additional Information


Travel to Sidney, Maine and to the Snow Pond campus can be achieved in several ways: Auto, Air, or Bus. If traveling by air, connections can be made through Boston, (MA), Portland or Augusta.  Easy connections via Cape Air or Concord Coach to the Augusta Transportation Center can also be arranged. A representative from SPMF will be available to take participants to to the Snow Pond campus. Snow Pond is located in the Belgrade Lakes region and on the shore of Messalonskee Lake, and between the cities of Augusta and Waterville.

Arrival Day:

3:00–5:00pm Registration
5:30pm Dinner
Evening Orientation and Evening Gathering

Daily Schedule:

8:00am Breakfast
9:30–12:00pm Studio Classes/Flexible Time, Individual Practice
Classes (Listening, Practice Development, Repertoire)
Individual lessons (2/3 2 hour lessons during the week will address each student’s improv, short/long range goals & how to implement)
12:30–1:30pm Lunch
2:30–4pm Conducted Small Ensemble Rehearsals
Flexible Time, Individual Practice
4:30–5:30pm Small Ensemble Rehearsal
5:45pm Dinner
Evening Evening Master Classes – Listening Sessions
Lectures-Extra-musical influences, Implementing New Practice Methods
Recitals – Faculty performances
Individual Practice
Off-Campus Activities
Other Group-initiated Activities, Social Activities

Departure Day:

8:00–10:00am Breakfast and Departure


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Informative & Enlightening

My experience at the Caribbean Jazz Institute was both informative and enlightening. The knowledge and expertise of the staff along with the beauty of the NEMC campus created the perfect learning atmosphere for me. Despite the intense schedule, there was plenty of time and opportunities to mingle with other campus and participate in fun events! The past two summers have been the best summers of my life thus far! 
Sherwin Williams