2014 Registration is Open!

This will be the best Workshop ever! Take advantage of the early sign-up discount and save $20: until May 1st, tuition is $610. After that it’s the full price of $630.

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Scholarship Application

A limited number of scholarships are available! To apply, download the scholarship application, and follow the instructions on it.

You will need a letter of recommendation from your music teacher, an audition tape or CD, and a letter from your parent or guardian that explains your need for financial assistance.

The application deadline is May 1, and notifications of award will be made May 20.

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Looking Forward to 2014!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Workshop! It was a wonderful week, the biggest and best Workshop ever, capped by the exciting final day performances on Friday by all the combos. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year, August 3-8, 2014. Registration will open January 2, 2014.

Have a look at these great photos from the Mercury News.

Also, head over to our Facebook Group Page for more.

Kerwin Lee’s tribute to Frank Sumares featuring Sullivan Fortner.

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The four LIVE JAZZ faculty concerts at Lamorinda Music were amazing.
What a treat to hear exciting music all week by the faculty and guests in the beautiful and intimate Big Room. Thanks again to the French Bakery for the wonderful food. We plan on doing this again next year!

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Faculty Concerts

News Flash! We are proud to present LIVE JAZZ, featuring some of our gifted staff instructors, at the Big Room Theatre at Lamorinda Music on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings the week of camp.

More Information:

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In Memoriam: Frank Sumares

sm_frank_sFormer Curriculum Director Frank Sumares passed away March 28. All of us at the LafSMW feel a profound sense of loss. Read more about this amazing man here.

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Audition Info

Saxophone (courtesy Stock.Xchng Photos) Short placement auditions are held on the Sunday just before workshop week – August 4 this year, at times to be assigned. Prepare a short jazz etude of your choice, and chromatic and major scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps. You may be asked to sight read a simple jazz selection as well.

Musicians interested in placement in an advanced combo should know all 12 major scales, and be prepared to play an improvised piece. Bring the accompanying CD (an Aebersold CD, for example) to the audition.

Every jazz-loving musician is welcome at jazz camp, but you’ll get the most out of it if you have at least two years on your instrument and experience playing with an ensemble. Lafayette Summer Music Workshop has welcomed musician/campers from ages 12 to adult, who play standard jazz instruments – trumpets, saxes, trombones, rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, guitar, vibes), plus additional instruments (flute, for example) on an occasional basis.

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