The Brubeck Institute's Fellowship Program is a one-year full-scholarship program in jazz performance for up to five musicians who have just graduated from high school. These are the Brubeck Fellows and they comprise the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ). They study with Institute faculty, visiting jazz educators, artists, clinicians, and Bay area professionals. They perform extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad in universities, high schools, civic centers, on concert series, in clubs and on jazz festivals.
As part of their educational opportunities, the Brubeck Fellows annually attend the Monterey Jazz Festival and other jazz concerts and events in the Bay Area. They take classes in the Institute, in the Conservatory of Music, and have individual lessons, group rehearsals and coaching, and discussions with visiting artists and clinicians throughout the year. The BIJQ does at least one recording project each year. The University of the Pacific is a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and all music programs are accredited.
Upon completion of the program, each student may go on to collegiate programs or to pursue a career in jazz performance. They are also expected to serve as ambassadors for jazz and to promote the values epitomized by the life and music of Dave Brubeck.
Fellowship Artists & Clinicians
A significant component of the educational program of the Brubeck Fellows is the visiting professional artists and clinicians initiative. Each artist engages in a variety of activities with the Fellows and students from the Conservatory of Music, including private lessons, rehearsal and coaching with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, special topic discussions, and sessions on professional career development. Occasionally, the visiting artists share the stage in performance with the BIJQ.