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The CU Summer Jazz Academy will be an opportunity for a select number of talented music students from Colorado and around the country to receive world-class jazz instruction in a one-week summer session. The selected participants will be placed into jazz combo settings, and each student will also be divided up into one of many improvisation classes in order to gain invaluable educational experiences that foster critical and creative thinking. Students will also participate in instrumental master classes and seminar sessions with the camp’s nationally renowned guest artist and with the CU Thompson Jazz Studies faculty. Every evening there will be student performances and a jam session featuring the guest artist and the faculty in which students will participate. At the conclusion of the camp, the students will perform at a final concert for their parents and fellow campers.

Instruction for the Summer Jazz Academy is provided by a renowned guest artist, CU faculty members and graduate students at the CU College of Music.

Dates: July 7-12, 2019

The 2019 schedule is TBD. View the 2018 schedule

Registration, Fees and Deadlines


To secure your spot in the Summer Jazz Academy, please follow the registration form link below and complete the online registration form by June 16, 2019. A non-refundable $150 deposit, which goes toward the full camp fees, is required with your registration.

Online registration opens Jan. 7, 2019.

For assistance with the online registration form, please download this online registration how-to document.


  • $700 residential
    • Includes instruction, camp t-shirt, room and all meals.
  • $450 commuter
    • Includes instruction, camp t-shirt all lunches and all dinners.

Incidental fees

  • Lost Room Key fee (to be collected at the time of loss): $10-$50
  • Lost Meal Card fee (to be collected at the time of loss): $5-$15
  • Property Damage (where applicable): case-by-case determination

Parents are financially responsible for any and all damages caused by the student to the University of Colorado property including, but not limited to, CU College of Music facilities and CU dormitory facilities.


June 16, 2019: Registration and deposit deadline for residents and commuters for the Summer Jazz Academy. Please follow the link above to the online registration form.

June 16, 2019: Cancellation deadline for full refund of camp fees excluding a non-refundable $150 deposit. See Refund Policy below for more information regarding refunds and cancellation.

June 23, 2019: Waitlist notification

July 1: Payment-in-full deadline for residents and commuters for the Summer Jazz Academy. Payment may be completed through the registration portal linked above.

Refund Policy

All refunds will be processed on the card used to make the payment through the registration portal. Prior to June 16, 2019, refund is in full excluding a non-refundable $150 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after June 16, 2019.


CU Jazz Academy is open to graduates of grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. No audition is required for acceptance, though students must have music reading skills; space is limited. 

Any and all interested students are encouraged to join us, regardless of instrument or experience playing jazz (must be able to read music). Auditions for placement in combos as well as placement into improvisation classes will take place during the first day of the academy, to place students of similar skill levels together.

Financial Aid/Sponsorship

Unfortunately, the University of Colorado Summer Jazz Academy is unable to provide financial aid at this time. Students often receive scholarships from local music or civic organizations such as band booster organizations, youth symphonies, etc. Ask your director/teacher about scholarship opportunities in your area. If monies for financial aid from the Jazz Academy become available in the future, we will notify you.

Academy Instruction

Assembled for their talent, teaching ability, dedication, and enthusiasm for music, distinguished music professionals from across the country participate in the University of Colorado Summer Music Academies. They include world-renowned conductors, CU professors, middle school and high school teachers, master class and elective teachers, administrators and outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who serve as counselors and mentors. Together, their knowledge and experience support an extraordinary educational opportunity where students build confidence and develop good habits and attitudes that shape their future.

Dr. John Gunther
Saxophone, CU Summer Jazz Academy Director

Dr. Joshua Quinlan

Jeff Jenkins

Dave Corbus

Bijoux Barbosa

Paul Romaine

Contact Us

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