Summer Jazz Colony

Also see: SJC Application Process

The dates of the 2016 Summer Jazz Colony are Sunday, June 26th-Friday, July 1st. Colonists arrive on Saturday, June 25th and leave on Saturday, July 2nd


The Summer Jazz Colony is a one-week, intensive educational program in jazz performance for a very limited number of exceptionally talented students. They come from throughout the United States and beyond to study with Brubeck Institute faculty, guest artists and master teachers, in combo rehearsals, master classes and private instruction, classes in jazz theory and advanced jazz improvisation, and seminars on the music of Dave Brubeck and other topics. Colonists have extensive opportunities to visit with the artists and clinicians, participate in numerous jam sessions, and perform in concert.

This instrumentation is designed to create four instrumental combos. Brass Players (Trumpet/Trombone), Saxophonists, Guitarists, Pianists, Bassists, and Drummers are encouraged to apply.

Our 2016 Summer Jazz Colony welcomes the SFJAZZ Collective as it's Artists-in-Residence! Partnering with San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Sonoma State University, this year's Colony will take place at the celebrated Green Center in Napa Valley.

Online Application

The Institute accepts online applications from talented, accomplished, and highly motivated students who are entering their sophomore, junior or senior years in high school. Those who have graduated from high school are not eligible. Click here for application guidelines, deadlines and fees.