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Scene Wednesday: Writers Conferences & A Jazz Workshop

April 27 / 16

Hello! Three, yes, three things to share with you today. Two in literature, one in jazz. Read on……

(cred: Vermont Jazz Center) 


Vermont Jazz Center Workshop

41st Annual Summer Jazz Workshops – 2016
August 7th -13th

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.

General Information 

The Vermont Jazz Center has established a proven program of jazz education which emphasizes ensemble coaching as well as individual instruction. Our faculty-student ratio is kept very small to maximize opportunities for personal growth.

Overall enrollment is limited to 60 students. Students of this program are usually at an intermediate to advanced level. Many are working musicians who want some time and guidance to focus on their craft. Ages range from mature high school students to mature adults.

Workshop Students

Summer program participants have come from throughout the continental U.S., as well as Germany, France, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, and the Philippines.

Enrollees include talented high school and college students considering a career in music, as well as working professionals of all ages wishing to refine instrumental and improvisational skills. Several have returned season after season.

Daytime Activities

  • Classes in Theory/Improvisation, Style Analysis, Composition
  • Instrumental Master Classes and Individual Instruction
  • Jazz listening hour: Faculty present recorded compositions – all faculty and students come together to listen to and discuss the music.
  • Faculty-Coached Small Ensembles

Evening Activities

Jam Sessions

Sunday through Wednesday evenings feature a short faculty performance followed by Instrumental and Vocal jam sessions. These jams give students and faculty the opportunity to play together in an informal setting.


Area jazz fans look forward to joining us each season for the workshop faculty concert gala on Thursday and the student ensemble performance extravaganza on Friday.

Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast

9:00-10:30 – Jazz Theory

10:30-12:00 – Master Classes (Individual instruments and vocals)

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00-2:00 – Listening Hour: faculty will play CDs and discuss compositional ideas found in listening examples.

2:00-6:00 – Ensembles (Instrumental Program)
Repertoire and vocal skills (Vocal Program)

6:00-7:30 – Dinner

8:00-??? – Jam Sessions, Rehearsals, Concerts

Come join us for a great week in the country. . . . The setting is terrific, the music inspiring!



27TH Annual Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

August 4 – 7, 2016


Laura Atkins              Lori Ostlund

Shirin Yim Bridges    Jessica Piazza

Grant Faulkner         Jordan Rosenfeld

James W. Hall           Les Standiford

Reyna Grande           Brooke Warner

With literary agents & special guests

Poetry ♦ Fiction ♦ Nonfiction ♦ Memoir ♦ Children’s Lit & YA

New! Publishing Boot Camp

Workshops ♦ Consultations ♦ Open Mic ♦ Contests ♦ Pitch Panel

Scholarships Available

Registration opened March 15



Chuckanut Writers Conference

Inspiration into Action
June 24 & 25, 2016
Bellingham, Washington


Alice Acheson

Roberto Ascalon

Elizabeth Austen

Bruce Barcott

Roby Blecker

Royce Buckingham

Claire Dederer

Sara Donati

Elaina Ellis

Stephanie Kallos

Bharti Kirchner

Erik Larson

David Laskin

Samuel Ligon

Mary C. Moore

Nancy Pagh

Robert Michael Pyle

Andy Ross

Elizabeth Wales

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Enjoy your Hump Day Wednesday, be blessed!

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