Year Round Programs


Vermont Jazz Center to launch a new semester of classes starting on week of September 17th

The Vermont Jazz Center will host a new ten-week session of classes beginning the week of September 17th. Courses include Youth Jazz for ages 10 through high school, Anna Patton's Soubrette Choir, the Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Uke Ensemble, Claire Arenius' Blue Note Ensemble, a Jazz Guitar Ensemble with Draa Hobbs, and, NEW this semester, a Samba Percussion Ensemble led by Julian Gerstin and Ron Kelley.

Join a combo and learn how to perform classic jazz compositions while being guided by one of the VJC's professional faculty. If you've never improvised, that's no problem. There are opportunities for all including classical musicians intrigued by jazz's structure and improvisational opportunities.

Sessions are 10 weeks long (except for Youth Jazz which is 8 weeks and will begin on October 2nd) The classes will culminate during a full day of performances on December 8th at the Jazz Center Performance Space during the Cotton Mill Hill Open House.

Schedule for VJC's Fall Education Opportunities: 2018

11:00 - 12:30 Samba Troupe - Julian Gerstin and Ron Kelley, instructors. Alternate Sundays through 12/16.
First class meets 9/23/18
2:30 - 4:00 PM: Jazz Guitar Ensemble - Draa Hobbs, instructor.
First class meets 9/23/18.

5:15 - 6:45 PM Blue Note Ensemble - Claire Arenius, instructor.
First class meets 9/17/18.

3:45 - 5:00 Youth Jazz Ensemble - Eugene Uman, instructor.
First class meets 10/2/18.
5:15 - 6:45 Uke Jazz Ensemble (At VJC) - Ben Carr, instructor
First class meets 9/18/18.
5:30 - 7:15 Soubrette Choir Meets at 62 Spruce Street, Brattleboro Anna Patton, instructor.
First class meets 9/11/18/

4:15 - 5:45 Latin Jazz Ensemble - Julian Gerstin and Eugene Uman, Instructors.
First class meets 9/19/18.
6:00 - 7:30 - VJC Sextet (full) Rob Freeberg, director

Please visit for further information.

To Register email Office Manager, Ginger Morawski:

For specific questions regarding class content speak with Eugene Uman. To contact the VJC by phone: 802 254-9088, by email:

For questions about Anna Patton's classes please contact the instructor directly at

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, please call the jazz center to find out about scholarship and extended payment options.

Weekly Classes


  • Blue Note Ensemble, Mondays, 5:15 - 6:45 PM, 10 sessions. First class meets 9/17/18., (Claire Arenius, Instructor/s)




  • Samba Troupe, Alternate Sundays 11:00 - 12:30, through 12/16. First class meets 9/23/18., (Julian Gerstin and Ron Kelley, Instructor/s)
  • Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Sundays, 2:30 - 4:00 PM, 10 sessions, First class meets 9/23/18., (Draa Hobbs, Instructor/s)

Class Calendar

Ensembles and Music Classes
Title: When: Instructor:
Blue Note Ensemble Mondays, 5:15 - 6:45 PM, 10 sessions. First class meets 9/17/18. Claire Arenius
Youth Jazz Ensemble and Improv Skills Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5:00 PM, 8 sessions. First class meets 10/2/18 Eugene Uman
'Ukulele Jazz Ensemble Tuesdays, 5:15 – 6:45 First class meets 9/18/18. Ben Carr
The Soubrette Jazz Choir Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:15 PM, 10 sessions. Meets at 62 Spruce St., Brattleboro. First class meets 9/11/18. Anna Patton
Latin Jazz Ensemble Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:45 PM, 10 sessions. First class meets 9/19/18. Eugene Uman and Julian Gerstin
The Vermont Jazz Center Sextet (full) Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM (this class is full) Rob Freeberg
Community Jam Sessions Wednesday evenings, 8:00 - 10:00 PM. On-going Eugene Uman and Robby Roiter
Samba Troupe Alternate Sundays 11:00 - 12:30, through 12/16. First class meets 9/23/18. Julian Gerstin and Ron Kelley
Jazz Guitar Ensemble Sundays, 2:30 - 4:00 PM, 10 sessions, First class meets 9/23/18. Draa Hobbs
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