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Summer Jazz Institute

Student Concert in Zankel Auditorium

June 27 - July 11, 2015 - 2016 dates and details coming soon!

The Skidmore Jazz Institute is one of the premiere programs to study jazz in the summer. Since 1987 the Institute has provided the opportunity for intermediate and advanced young musicians to learn in an intimate and supportive environment. Director Todd Coolman leads a faculty of gifted educators and world-class performers gathered from around the country. Students work closely with faculty in daily combo rehearsals, private lessons and improvisational and special classes. Our Faculty Septet performs in our evening Concert Series along with invited Guest Artists. Afternoon master classes offer additional opportunities to learn from these master musicians. The student combos perform on Friday afternoons, and on the weekend everyone attends the Freihofer's Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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 , Brandon Lee, Christian Scott, Kendrick Scott, Walter Smith and Myron Walden among others.


The Skidmore Jazz Institute would like to thank the Blue Note Label Group, the Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Howard Bayne Fund, the Fairfield County Community Foundation, and members of the Skidmore College and surrounding communities for their generous support. The Institute also recognizes the Empire State Youth Orchestras as wonderful, local partners inspiring young musicians in the Capital District area of New York year round.

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