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.
Preformed 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.
Tuition includes non-refundable $50 application fee
8 days – all-inclusive (instruction, meals, housing, and on-campus activities) - $1400
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.
Orientation and Evening Gathering
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)
Conducted Small Ensemble Rehearsals Flexible Time, Individual Practice Recreation
Small Ensemble Rehearsal
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
Breakfast and Departure
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