VJC’s Summer Jazz Workshop: What’s It All About?

44th Annual Summer Jazz Workshop – August 4th-10th, 2019

Program Costs

Every August, the VJC’s Summer Jazz Workshop hosts about eighty multigenerational (ages 15 and up) students from around the world for an intense week
of study and performance opportunities in beautiful rural Vermont. The Workshop was founded in 1975 by Attila Zoller and has been directed by Eugene Uman since 1997. It is held at The Putney School in a picturesque Green Mountain setting 20 minutes north of Brattleboro. Facilities include ample classrooms, grand pianos and an inviting performance space. Much of the delicious food we are served is grown on the school’s working farm.

World-class faculty encourage and support the musical development of each participant by utilizing a teaching style based on positive reinforcement. The program includes separate tracks in instrumental and vocal music and is designed to maximize hands-on instrument time. Small class sizes, and the fact that most participants and instructors live on-campus, assures interaction between students and faculty.  A warmth pervades the experience for all, and there is a strong feeling of community.

Educational opportunities include jazz theory, coached ensembles, master classes, listening hours, and renowned late night jam sessions. These are complemented by morning yoga and meditation sessions plus less formal evening topics called “specials.”

Jam sessions are an integral part of jazz education and the evolution of the jazz experience. Every evening there are instrumental and vocal jam sessions that give students and faculty the opportunity to play together in an informal setting. This gives both students and faculty “hang time:” the opportunity to come together and play music in a relaxed environment unfettered by class schedules.



  • Campus Resident: $1,595. Includes double- or triple-occupancy room and all meals
  • Campus Resident (single room): $1,850. VERY limited availability.   Includes single dorm room, all meals. Reserved on first come/first served basis upon      receipt of 50% deposit [NOTE: All single rooms for 2019 have been filled].
  • Off-Campus Registrant: $1,250. Includes all meals
  • Daily Rate Option: $325 per day (includes lunch and dinner)

On-campus residencies are dormitory style with shared bathrooms



  • Deposit Payment: Initial 50% of total tuition due at time of registration to reserve your space.
  • Final Installment Payment: Due June 30, 2019 (second 50% of total tuition)

Refund Policy:

      • Before June 30, 2019: Deposits Payments and further Balance Installments are refundable minus one-time $50 registration fee.
      • July 1- 26, 2019: Deposit Payments are NON- refundable, Final Installment Balance payments are still refundable.
      • July 27, 2019 onward: Deposit Payments and Balance Installments are no longer refundable.

“From a person that has seen many jazz camps, I must say this one is the tops! I’ve seen really good ones all across the globe… but the combination of people, scenery, music is unmatched here.”

—Stacy Dillard, 2018 Saxophone Faculty