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Monday, August 8, 2016 (All day) to Friday, August 12, 2016 (All day) 2016 McGill Summer Jazz Workshop

Are you a pre-university instrumentalist, 25 years old or younger, looking to improve your jazz  skills? Are you looking to meet and play jazz with other musicians? Join us this summer for the McGill 2016 Summer Jazz Workshop!

Date: AUGUST 8-12, 2016

Location: Schulich School of Music of McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, QC

Instructors:

  • Frank Lozano, Saxophone
  • Fraser Hollins, Bass
  • Carlos Jimenez, Guitar

By signing up for the week- long jazz workshop, students can learn about and develop skills, playing experience and insight into the materials and methods  essential to a program such as McGill’s .The focus will be on the Small Group Jazz Combo (4to 6 players per combo), the most direct vehicle for learning about improvisation, repertoire and most importantly, interaction among the participants.

A ratio of 1 teacher to 6 students provides a stimulating and focused environment where students get personal one-on-one training from professional musicians. Morning master classes present essential basics about jazz materials, improvisation, jazz history, etc which serve to complement the combo sessions they have throughout the day.

A daily teacher/student jam session gives the students a chance to gain real playing experience by applying their newly acquired skills, thus strengthening their confidence.

As well, Associate Professor and Jazz Area Chair Remi Bolduc will present a Performance Audition Requirements master class, where he will explain and de-mystify the audition process , providing helpful and  detailed advice to prospective undergraduate applicants.

New this year, François Bourassa will be our special guest clinician; students will  benefit from his extensive experience as a virtuoso improvisor and teacher.

Workshop Fee ($399) includes:

  • All daily Masterclasses
  • Jam sessions
  • Combo coaching
  • Special Masterclass by Prof. Remi Bolduc: "How to prepare for jazz performance auditions"
  • Special guest clinician, François Bourassa, piano

Registration

To apply, fill out the online form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

If your application is accepted, you must pay a $150 deposit by June 6, 2016.

Questions or Inquiries: Email Carmelia Lee at jazzworkshop [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend this camp?

Typically, a pre-university student 25 years old or younger, secondary 5 or CEGEP or equivalent, who is currently involved in playing jazz in ensembles like big bands, jazz combos, or the equivalent.

What musical level are participants expected to be at? 

Musicians attending the camp should be familiar and have some experience with the basics of jazz improvisation such as soloing using the chord symbols on a lead sheet, functional playing on your instrument (melody for horns, comping for guitar and piano, walking bass line for bass, keeping time with the ride cymbal for the drums, etc.), and of course, some knowledge of the jazz tradition (American Songbook Standards). You should have some experience playing on Bb blues, and tunes like Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Blue Bossa, etc.
This is not a camp for complete beginners.

Which instruments are accepted to the camp?

Rhythm section instruments such as piano, guitar, bass (acoustic or electric), drum kit, as well as saxophones, trumpet, trombone, flute, and clarinet are accepted. We are not, at this time, accepting vocalists in the combos, however, we are examining the possibility of running a separate camp, at a later date, that will focus on the tradition of vocal-led combos.

What is the goal of the camp?

To broaden and expand the students’ knowledge and playing experience via the small group jazz combo (4 to 6 players per combo), the most direct vehicle for learning about improvisation, repertoire and – most importantly – interaction among the participants. As well, Associate Professor and Jazz Area Chair Remi Bolduc will present a Performance Audition Requirements master class, where he will explain and de-mystify the audition process, providing helpful and detailed advice to prospective undergraduate applicants.

What is the daily schedule like?

Here is a sample schedule:

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Masterclass on jazz materials, improvisation, or ear training/listening, etc.
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Combo session
  • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch break
  • 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Jam session
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Combo session

On the last day, Friday August 8, a small informal concert will be held at the Schulich School of Music (location to be determined) where the students can share the music they have been working on with their families and friends.​

Can I use the practice rooms at McGill University?

Yes. Four combo rooms and several practice rooms are available to you during building hours from 7:00 am-10:30 pm. Those interested should bring a $30.00 cash deposit for a magnetic swipe key; all deposits will be refunded on Friday upon remittance of key.

How much does the camp cost? How and where can I pay?

Registration, payment and payment deadline information is on this web page.

Friday, September 9, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, September 11, 2016 (All day) Grant Writing Workshop Weekend

Events will kick off on Friday afternoon and run throughout the weekend.  We will cover many topics in a variety of ways (keynote speeches, panel discussion, brainstorming session and working groups). How do you write a competitive grant proposal?  Have an idea or project proposal (research, recording, composition, event, touring) come see how you can make it happen!

Many more details to come.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 10:00 Café Concert @ Schulich: Paris of the 1920s, Music for Violin and Piano Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

With support from the McGill 1821 Society, this series is another way Schulich is bringing music to life! Join us for a coffee and a concert with our outstanding chamber musicians.

Alexander Read, violin 

Philip Chiu, piano

  • Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor, L. 140
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Cinq mélodies, Op. 35b
  • Igor Stravinsky: Suite italienne
  • Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2

 

 

Box Office: Tickets are available online or through our Box Office (in person or by phone: 514-398-4547) between 12:00pm and 6:00pm.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 15:00 McGill Conservatory, Staff and Guest Concert Series: Chamber Music Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Ragnhild Hettema, violin

Judy Hung, viola

Dmitry Babich, cello

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Georg Telemann

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Symphony Orchestra Strathcona Music Building

Alexis Hauser, Artistic Director

Anna Peletsis, piano, winner of the 2016 McGill Concerto Competition

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
  • Aram Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-flat Major, Op. 38
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

 

Box Office: Tickets are available online or through our Box Office (in person or by phone: 514-398-4547) between 12:00pm and 6:00pm.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Symphony Orchestra Strathcona Music Building

Alexis Hauser, Artistic Director

Anna Peletsis, piano, Winner of the 2016 McGill Concerto Competition

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
  • Aram Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-flat Major, Op. 38
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

 

Box Office: Tickets are available online or through our Box Office (in person or by phone: 514-398-4547) between 12:00pm and 6:00pm.

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 19:30 McGill Wind Orchestra Strathcona Music Building

Alain Cazes, artistic director

Melissa Biroun, student conductor

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
  • David Rafferty (composer in residence): Premiere
  • Fisher Tull: A Passing Fantasy
  • and other works

Concert presented as part of the Journées de la culture

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 09:00 to 16:00 McGill Conservatory Open House Strathcona Music Building

Detailed schedule available online

Activities presented as part of the Journées de la culture

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert: The Keening Muse of Russia Strathcona Music Building

The Keening Muse of Russia: The Music of Shostakovich and Poetry of the Russian Silver Age

Dominique Labelle, soprano

Axel Strauss, violin

Yegor Dyachkov, cello

Ilya Poletaev, piano

with Anna Berman, narration

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in E minor for violin, cello and piano, Op. 67
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Seven Poems of Alexander Blok, Op. 127

Concert presented as part of the Journées de la culture

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 15:00 Film Screening: Bill Evans: Time Remembered Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 15:00 McGill Conservatory, Staff and Guest Concert Series: Prisms: Seen and Unseen Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Linda Brady, piano

Works by Paul Dukas, Maurice Ravel, John Rea, Ana Sokolovic

Concert presented as part of the Journées de la culture

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 11:30 Masterclass: Theo Bleckmann, jazz voice Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert: McGill Jazz Choir Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Theo Bleckmann, jazz voice (Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist)

John Hollenbeck, drums

 

 

 

 

Box Office: Tickets are available online or through our Box Office (in person or by phone: 514-398-4547) between 12:00pm and 6:00pm.

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 15:30 Masterclass: Georg Gräwe, piano improvisation Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 19:30 Schulich in Concert: Robert McDonald, piano Strathcona Music Building

Robert McDonald, piano (Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist)

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré and Carl Nielsen

 

 

 

 

 

Box Office: Tickets are available online or through our Box Office (in person or by phone: 514-398-4547) between 12:00pm and 6:00pm.

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