Jazz Skills Workshop September 27-October 1, 2017

2017 AMIS Jazz Skills Workshop

Eivind Lødemel, Host
27 September – 1 October 2017
Held in conjunction with the AMIS Honor Jazz Festival

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The 2015 Jazz Skills Workshop


The non-auditioned Jazz Skills Workshop is intended for students who are interested in improvising and developing their own jazz skills.

Students who have submitted auditions for the Honor Jazz Band but were not chosen for the group will have first priority on places in the Jazz Skills Workshop.

Applications for the Jazz Skills Workshop will be accepted until 31 August, or until places are filled.

There will be no vocal component to the 2017 Jazz Skills Workshop.

The Jazz Skills Workshop

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.30.16The Jazz Skills Workshop, held in conjunction with the Honor Jazz Festival, welcomes instrumentalists of all ability levels and is designed to familiarize musicians on any instrument with the knowledge and skills necessary to learn to play and improvise in the jazz idiom. Space for rhythm players is limited. Students will learn the theory and style characteristics of this art form in a master class and small ensemble environment. A wealth of materials for further study and practice are included. The three day workshop culminates with an informal performance by small groups of a selection from “standard” Jazz repertoire.

 Eligibility: Students who have auditioned unsuccessfully for the Honor Jazz Festival will have first priority to register for this workshop.


Jazz Skills Workshop Leaders

Jon Hodge is the music teacher at AF North International School in the Netherlands, where he teaches Band, Choir, Guitar, and Strings.  He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, and has also studied conducting and music technology at the Cincinnati College Conservatory as well as at Florida State University.  He has enjoyed a varied performing career as both a trumpeter and vocalist, and continues to perform and conduct.  Jon is pleased to guide young musicians through the 2016 Jazz Skills Workshop.

Jeff Pellaton is an Air Force veteran from Castro Valley, CA. This will be his fourth year with the AMIS Honor Jazz program and he has previously worked with the Big Band as Big Band conductor, emergency substitute drummer, and as a Combo leader. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education as well as a Master of Arts in Percussion Performance from Eastern Illinois University. Jeff was the Director of Percussion Studies at Mississippi Valley State University prior to beginning his career with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, for whom he served positions in Okinawa, Japan; Wuerzburg, Germany and Ramstein, Germany. Mr. Pellaton was the musical director for the DOD All Europe Honor Jazz Seminar for twelve years. 

Teachers may apply for the Jazz Skills Workshop on behalf of their students by clicking HERE.

Applications for the Jazz Skills Workshop will be accepted until 31 August, or until places are filled.

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IMG_0937-L31 August 2017 is the final date for submitting all information about participants via the online database, including:
• Emergency Contact Information
• T-Shirt Sizes
• Nationalities
• Roommate Preferences
• Arrival and Departure Information

Click HERE for more information about directors, chaperones and visiting parents.

Directors should also print out the Festival Agreement Form, to be signed by each student and presented upon arrival at the festival.

Workshop Fees

IMG_0746-L Full paymen
t for the workshop is due on 14 September, 2017. A full listing of all AMIS fees can be found HERE.

Invoices are issued in pounds sterling with the exception of those schools located in the euro zone, who are billed in euros. The euro amount will be determined by the exchange rates quoted by the AMIS bank on the day the invoice is issued. Questions regarding fees and payment should be addressed to Tim Germann, Chief Operating Officer.

Please be advised that registration fees for AMIS events are never refundable.

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