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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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:00 Café Concert @ Schulich: Harpsichord Four-Hands 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 concert with our outstanding chamber musicians.

Gili Loftus & Hank Knox, harpsichord

Works by Johann Christian Bach and others

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.

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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:00 Café Concert @ Schulich: Stéphane Lemelin, 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 concert with our outstanding chamber musicians.

Stéphane Lemelin, piano

  • Gabriel Fauré: Nocturne in E-flat minor, Op. 33 No. 1
  • G. Fauré: Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 63
  • Franz Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

 

 

 

 

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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 10:00 Café Concert @ Schulich: Winners of the Wirth Vocal Prize and Golden Violin Competition 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 concert with our outstanding chamber musicians.

Winners of the Wirth Vocal Prize and Golden Violin Competition

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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 19:30 Cappella Antica Redpath Hall

Valerie Kinslow, artistic director

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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 29, 2017 (All day) Conference: Artistic Migration and Identity, Paris 1870-1940 Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Steven Huebner and Federico Lazzaro, coordinators

Presentations on art, literature and music

In collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Observatoire international de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM) and the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI)

English and French Presentations

Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, February 5, 2017 (All day) Conference: George Enescu, a Universal Musician

Ilya Poletaev, coordinator

Concerts presented as part of Schulich in Concert and Schulich@Bon-Pasteur

Sunday, June 18, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, June 22, 2017 (All day) Conference: International Symposium on Musical Acoustics (ISMA) Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Gary Scavone, coordinator

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, March 26, 2017 (All day) Conference: Society for American Music (SAM), 43rd Annual Conference

Lisa Barg, coordinator

 

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 15:00 Film Screening: Bill Evans: Time Remembered Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
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.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 19:30 live@CIRMMT: Bret Battey, guest composer Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 19:30 live@CIRMMT: Gilles Gobeil, guest composer Salle Claude Champagne
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 19:30 live@CIRMMT: Laetitia Sonami, guest composer Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

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