Summer Institute Music

July 11–July 22, 2022

Two weeks
Three college credits 
Monday–Friday,  9 a.m.–5 p.m. & evening studio hours

This dynamic two-week intensive allows high school age instrumentalists and vocalists to explore technique and repertoire while interacting with master-level musicians. You’ll work with UArts faculty to uncover a range of creative possibilities through ensembles, improvisation, lessons and collaborations.

Students are accepted into the program in one of the following performance areas: Bass (upright or electric), Drums, Vibraphone, Voice, Guitar, Piano, all woodwind and brass instruments.

Overview

UArts’ state-of-the-art music facilities will host this generation’s brightest young musicians as they gain invaluable experience in a creative, live performance setting. Philadelphia has deep-seated music roots—transformative figures like Billie Holiday, the Roots, John Coltrane, Kurt Vile and Questlove have called it home—making the city the perfect place for you to explore music. 

During the program, you'll work with both legacy and newly commissioned works in ensembles, improvisation sessions and special concerts. Masterclasses with notable visiting artists will help you hone your musicianship. Additionally, you’ll take trips to experience live music and you’ll have the opportunity to work with dancers to explore the space where music and movement interact.

At the end of this program, students will

  • acquire new skills and confidence as a musician to support future auditions.

  • create connections to both a network of peers and actively touring and recording professional musicians. 

  • work in an ensemble to foster musicianship, creativity and collaboration. 

  • demonstrate a richer understanding and appreciation of different styles of music making. 

Programming

Core Classes  

You’ll participate in the following courses.

Lessons

Working within  small instrumental and vocal lesson groups, you will focus on developing technique, phrasing, repertoire, interpretation, improvisation and sight-reading skills on your primary instrument or your voice. 

Improvisation

Become a stronger performer by working closely with faculty to build your musical vocabulary, sense of rhythm and ear training skills, all while refining your voice as an improviser.  

History

Studying the major movements in Jazz and popular music throughout the past century, students gain a better understanding of the music, artists, ideas and social-historical contexts from where this music developed.   

Music Theory

Students will study intervals, scales, arpeggios, chord construction, as well as the musical scores of the great composers from the jazz and popular traditions.  

Small Ensemble

Students work alongside their peers in a smaller band setting to interpret and harmonize melodies, improvise, communicate and play as a cohesive ensemble. Music will include a mix of repertoire specifically chosen for your ensemble.

Large Ensemble

Each student will play and/or sing in an ensemble focused on the dynamics and musical approach to performing in a large group setting.  Performances of these ensembles will take place on the last day of the program.

Masterclass

Each afternoon a guest artist will teach a masterclass. These artists are sought-after composers and performers from a variety of musical backgrounds, all actively involved with their craft at the highest levels in their fields. 

A Week in the Life

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Monday

  • 9–10:30 a.m. Improvisation

  • 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Small Ensemble

  • 2–3:30 p.m. Lesson

  • 3:30–5:15 p.m. Big Band, Vocal Ensemble or Rhythm Workshop 

Tuesday

  • 9–10:30 a.m. Improvisation

  • 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Small Ensemble

  • 2–3:30 p.m. Lesson

  • 3:30–5:15 p.m. Big Band, Vocal Ensemble or Rhythm Workshop 

  • 6–8 p.m. Evening Concert

Wednesday

  • 9–10:30 a.m. Improvisation

  • 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Small Ensemble

  • 2–3:30 p.m. Lesson

  • 3:30–5:15 p.m. Big Band, Vocal Ensemble or Rhythm Workshop  

Thursday

  • 9–10:30 a.m. Improvisation

  • 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Small Ensemble

  • 2–3:30 p.m. Lesson

  • 3:30–5:15 p.m.  Big Band, Vocal Ensemble or Rhythm Workshop 

  • 6–8 p.m. Jam Session 

Friday

  • 9–10:30 a.m. Improvisation

  • 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Small Ensemble

  • 2–3:30 p.m. Lesson

  • 3:30–5:15 p.m. Big Band, Vocal Ensemble or Rhythm Workshop 

Saturday

  • Optional off-campus field trip 

Note: Students break for lunch between 1 p.m. and  2 p.m. every day. Some evening activities are part of this program’s curriculum. Commuters should plan accordingly.

Faculty

Students in the Music program work with professional musicians. Many of our faculty teach in the degree programs at UArts. Our expert instructors are seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy sharing their expertise and collaborating with the next generation of musicians.

Summer 2022 faculty include

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Mark Allen

Saxophone/Woodwind Department Chair

Music - Instrumental Performance (BM)
UArts Pre-College Creative Jazz Institute Faculty Steve Beskrone
Steve Beskrone

Bass Department Chair

Music - Instrumental Performance (BM)
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Matt Davis

Guitar Department Chair

Music - Instrumental Performance (BM)
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Liz Radigonda

MM '07; Vocal Performance Department Chair

Music - Vocal Performance (BM)

Past guest artists have included

  • Ralph Alessi

  • Marcus Belgrave

  • Wayne Bergeron

  • Brian Blade

  • Randy Brecker

  • Jimmy Bruno

  • Steve Coleman

  • Robin Eubanks

  • Dwayne Eubanks

  • Orrin Evans

  • Jonathan Finlayson

  • Matt Garrison

  • Maria Grand

  • Doug Hammond

  • Gregory Hutchinson

  • Joe Magnarelli

  • Vijay Iyer

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa

  • Pat Martino

  • Wayne Krantz

  • Linda Oh

  • Joanna Pascale

  • John Patitucci

  • Dafnis Prieto

  • Venissa Santi

  • Tyshawn Sorey

  • John Swana

  • Sumi Tanooka

  • Gerald Veasley

 

How to Apply

The last day to apply is April 15, 2022.

  • Complete a Summer Institute application form.

  • Complete an audition.

    • Submit a video audition link in your application form, which is outlined below.

  • Pay the $15 application fee.

Video Audition Requirements

Videos should be recorded and submitted via link to YouTube or Vimeo. Be sure that the video is viewable by anyone who has the link.

Video Audition Requirements by Performance Area

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Instrumentalists

The following pieces are required in your recorded video audition.

  • An introduction including your name, school, grade, city and state, and what you will be playing.

  • A prepared selection of one of the following works. You should play at a medium tempo with standard or alternate chord changes. The accompaniment may be live or recorded. You may play an optional 3–4 choruses of improvisation. Bassists must also walk a bass line for two choruses. Pianists, guitarists and vibraphonists must also comp for two choruses. Drummers must play time for two choruses. 

    • “Billie’s Bounce” by Charlie Parker

    • “Straight, No Chaser” by Thelonius Monk

    • “Sandu” by Clifford Brown

  • A sight reading exercise: Click on the sight reading exercise for your instrument. If two options are listed, pick one of the two. 

  • Optional self selection: Perform an additional piece of your choice. Improvisation is optional.

Vocalists

The following pieces are required in your recorded video audition.

  • An introduction including your name, school, grade, city and state, and what you will be playing.

  • Recording of prepared selections

    • Select two musical selections of different styles and sing the melody. Improvisation is optional. Recording can be a cappella  or with a backing track. 

  • A sight reading exercise: Click on the sight reading exercise below.

Tuition and Fees  

Tuition: $2,200
Program Fee: $150  
Housing and Meals: $970

Commuter Total: $2,350
Residential Total: $3,320

Supplies
Students are expected to bring supplies with them or purchase them once they arrive on campus. Supply lists will be shared one month prior to the start of the program with cost estimates.

Spending and Miscellaneous Expenses
Students spend an average of $80-$100 per week on additional items including laundry, snacks, personal spending and non-required supplies.

 

Scholarships

Scholarships for the Summer Institute are awarded to students in high academic standing with significant creative potential and financial need. Scholarship awards are competitive. Students are able to apply for either a merit- or need-based scholarship. 

Learn about Summer Institute scholarships.

Creative Jazz Institute 2019

Watch the final performance of our Music students.

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