Summer Jazz Workshops
The Vermont Jazz Center's Summer Workshop, founded in 1975 by Attila Zoller and directed by Eugene Uman since 1997, is held at The Putney School in a picturesque Green Mountain setting 20 minutes north of Brattleboro.
39th Annual Summer Jazz Workshops - 2014
August 10th -16th
Our Putney campus offers comfortable accommodations and delicious food. Facilities include ample classrooms, grand pianos and an inviting performance space. Recreational options include hiking, cycling, swimming and tennis.
Each year, the VJC hosts about 40 instrumental and 20 vocal participants from around the world for a challenging, invigorating weeklong summer workshop. The program is set up so that participants can focus intensively on the music: learning opportunities include classes in theory, composition and arranging, vocal studies, ensembles, listening, master-classes and jam sessions.
The VJC summer workshop provides participants the opportunity to study in small groups with world-class faculty. Students and faculty live, study, and eat on the same campus, so there is plenty of time for interaction and personal attention. A warmth pervades the experience for all, and there is a strong feeling of community.
The atmosphere is exciting and the quality of instruction is unparalleled. Former faculty members include Sheila Jordan, Jimmie Heath, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Jimmie Cobb and many other jazz masters.
FacultyExcellent student to faculty ratio (usually 1:5) supports a great deal of interaction. Faculty live on campus and are accessible throughout the week, not just at class times.
Faculty are both superb musicians and teachers. All faculty are recording and touring artists who bring a wealth of knowledge gleaned from real-world experience. Faculty are chosen not only due to their musical expertise but also due to their interpersonal skills and dedication to the "scene" we provide.
They enjoy their time at the summer workshop and this manifests itself in a positive experience by the participants.