The Georgia State University Summer Jazz Workshop has earned a reputation for offering an outstanding program over the last 12 years. The summer program focuses on jazz combos coached by one of our renowned faculty members. This year’s faculty includes camp director Gordon Vernick, and based on the number of student combos, may include jazz instructors Kevin Bales, Robert Boone, Dave Frackenpohl, Joe Grandsen, Randy Hoexter, Derrick Jackson, Chris Otts, Billy Thornton, Ben Weatherford and Larry Wilson.
Summer Jazz Workshop instructors are educators and performers dedicated to providing an intensive learning experience for musicians from middle school through high school. Classes in jazz improvisation, jazz theory, combo performance, and master class sessions allow students the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
The Summer Jazz Workshop develops the next generation of Jazz artists and preserves the great American art form. Students involved in the workshop are matched in a combo with other players of the same ability level. As the week progresses, students not only learn musicianship, but will gain the by-products of dedication to a craft – self-esteem, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving skills, good citizenship, and respect for culture.
The Summer Jazz Workshop offers five full days of small combo instruction, improvisation classes, instrumental master classes, guest clinicians, and a final concert performance.
We welcome players of all levels and abilities to the Summer Jazz Workshop. Participants will be pre-placed into a combo with other players of similar ability. In order to pre-place participants, you’ll be asked to upload two recordings during your registration.
For the first recording, please improvise a solo over a recording. You can find recordings online of any jazz song you would like to do, but to help get you started, a suggested list is below:
|So What||Tune Up||Little Sunflower|
|Blue Bossa||Doxy||Maiden Voyage|
|Take the A Train||St. Thomas||Satin Doll|
|Summertime||Four||Song for My Father|
|Autumn Leaves||Ladybird||All the Things|
For the second recording, you will need to play a jazz etude or jazz scales. Select your instrument from the list below to view the etudes. Instruments may have more than one etude; only one etude is needed, so you may select the one you wish to record. For our younger players who are new to jazz, you may play two of the jazz scales listed for your instrument, or choose an etude.
What social distancing requirements will be in place?
Where possible, six feet of spacing will be created between participants during lectures, master classes and rehearsals. Participants will utilize contactless forms of check-in and check-out. Additionally, parents dropping off and picking up their students will need to remain in their vehicles.
To the extent possible, each combo will be limited to less than 10 players in order to ensure proper social distancing and to limit the interactions among students.
Will face masks be required?
Yes, students are required to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities. Emergency face masks will be available for students who forget their masks.
Will lunch be provided?
Per the Governor’s Executive Order, participants will be required to bring their own lunch with them each day. All items should be sealed in a lunch box and should have the participant’s name on the lunch bag.
What sanitation procedures will be utilized?
Georgia State University facilities have enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures in place. For a detailed look at the procedures, visit https://ahead.gsu.edu/facilities-and-sanitation.
Hand sanitizer will be provided to participants upon their arrival to camp. Hand sanitizer stations will be available for participants to use. Hand washing during breaks, after using the restroom and before lunch will be encouraged. When possible, workshop equipment used by multiple students will be sanitized between each use.
Additionally, students, faculty, and staff will be provided additional supplies as needed for use during rehearsal, such as bell covers, puppy pads and/or towels for brass instruments, and hand sanitizer. Emergency masks will be available for students who forget masks.
Will I be required to test negative for COVID-19 prior to attending the workshop?
No, Georgia State University will not require a COVID-19 test from participants.
Will I be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending the workshop?
No, Georgia State University will not require participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
To ensure your registration is complete, payment is due at the time of registration. All fees paid are non-refundable.
Georgia State University considers the safety of all participants of the utmost priority. For information regarding the Georgia State University Policy for Programs Serving Non-Student Minors and our safety protocols, visit Minors On Campus Safety & Security.