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2021 Carolina Summer Jazz Workshop
Monday-Friday, June 21-25

IMPORTANT NEWS!  The workshop will take place live and in-person this year! 

This year for safety reasons, we strongly encourage participants under the age of 18 to purchase the meal plan (at least for lunch and dinner $115 or $145 for breakfast, lunch and dinner).  In lieu of the meal plan, participants may bring a bag lunch, or parents could pick up their children for meals, though each time they must check in/out with the workshop counselors to ensure safety.  Participants under 18 are not allowed to dine on Franklin Street without a parent or authorized guardian.

Daily Schedule Performers (UPDATED 6-12-21)

  • 8-8:45am – Orientation (Monday only) (Behind Kenan Music Building)
  • 9-9:45am – Combo rehearsals
  • 10-10:45am – Group clinic in Moeser with guest clinicians
  • 11-11:45am – Combo rehearsals
  • 12-1pm Lunch break
  • 1-1:45pm Advanced Theory (KMB 1201) Stephen Anderson
  • 1-1:45pm Beginning Theory (KMB 2131) Ed Paolantonio
  • 2-2:45pm Intermediate-Advanced Improv (Moeser Auditorium) Rahsaan Barber
  • 2-2:45pm Beginning Improv (HH 107) Ed Paolantonio
  • 3-4pm Lessons in various rooms (Mon-Thurs)
  • 4:15-5:15pm Snacks or Dinner Break
  • 5:30-6:30pm Evening Faculty Concerts (Mon-Thurs)
    • 7-8:30pm Tuesday Night Outdoor Jam Session

Friday Afternoon Modified Schedule Performers

    • Classes remain the same until 3pm
    • 3-3:45 Last combo rehearsal
    • 4-4:45pm All students help move equipment back to closets | Dorm room check out
    • Dinner 5pm-6pm
    • 6:30-9pm Final Friday Outdoor Student Concert (front steps Hill Hall)

Daily Schedule Journalism/Jazz History (UPDATED 6-12-21)
(Journalism/Jazz History students may opt to attend remotely)

  • 8-8:45am – Orientation (Monday only) (Behind Kenan Music Building)
  • 9-10:15am Journalism (hybrid in-person/remote)
  • 10:25-10:45 Observe group clinic in Moeser Auditorium
  • 11am-11:45am Observe combo rehearsals
  • 11:45am-12:45pm Lunch break
  • 1pm-2:30pm Jazz History/Music Skills (hybrid in-person/remote)
  • 3-4pm Observe group lessons (Mon-Thurs)
  • 4:15-5:15pm Snacks or Dinner Break
  • 5:30-6:30pm Evening Faculty Concerts (Mon-Thurs)

Friday Afternoon Modified Schedule Journalism/Jazz History

    • All classes remain the same until 3pm
    • 3pm Independent work on blogs and homework
    • 4-4:45pm All students help move equipment | Dorm check out
    • Dinner 5pm-6pm
    • 6:30-9pm Final Friday Outdoor Student Concert (front steps Hill Hall)

SAFETY POLICIES:  The UNC Summer Jazz Workshop abides by the established policies that are required by the University of North Carolina and by the UNC Protection of Minors Office.  As policies are modified by the university and POM Office, the workshop will likewise adapt our policies accordingly.  The following are the policies current as of (May 13, 2021).

  • The university has recently established a policy that for this year, only adults ages 18 and older may stay in on-campus housing during the workshop.  MInors may attend as commuters, being dropped off in the mornings and picked up in the evenings by a parent or authorized guardian.
  • Out of state minors who may wish to travel and stay with a parent or legal guardian during the workshop may find their own off campus housing and participate as a “commuter.”  A parent or legal guardian should drop the participant off each morning and pick them up in the evening.
  • Participants may dine in the dining hall for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • All participants and faculty will be required to answer in the negative to questions regarding COVID exposure and a temperature check daily in order to be able to participate.  They will receive a wristband indicating that the screening process has taken place.

    • All participants who can provide proof of COVID19 vaccination will not have to have a PCR test.  However all participants, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide one negative PCR test result within 72 hours before the start of the camp date.  The documentation may be demonstrated on their phone or by paper.
  • For indoor singing or playing wind or brass instruments, Department policy allows 30 minutes of group playing, and then the rooms have to air out for 1 hour after and be left vacant.
  • UNC Department of Music Safety Guidelines:
  • The Department of Music requires that everyone wear masks inside our buildings and during classes, lessons, and rehearsals held outside (even while playing and rehearsing) no matter the day, time, or location.
  • Singers, brass, and woodwind students are required to wear modified instrument masks (no gaps in the mask, nose covered and tight enough around the edges that an outline appears when it is removed) and to use double-layer bell covers on their instrument (double-layer cover with the center layer being made of MERV-13 filter material). See the Department Policy on Modified Masks and Bell Covers here.
  • This year, all participants will be required to fill out a basic health form that will enable the workshop counselors to be prepared for any unexpected emergencies that might arise.  This will be sent out prior to the start of the workshop.

General Information

The UNC Summer Jazz Workshop is a unique five-day jazz program (Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25, 2021) catering to students of a variety of ages—from middle school (rising 8th grade) and high school students, to college students and adults who want to study and be immersed in a high-paced jazz program which provides instruction in jazz theory, improvisation, small group playing, and group lessons.  There are three ways to participate in the UNC SJW workshop:


  1. As a performer in the Community Summer Jazz Workshop (non-college credit).  Students in the Community SJW have separate music theory and jazz improvisation courses in the morning and early afternoon, and they join together with the MUSC 364 students to perform in jazz combos and participate in group lessons later in the afternoon.
  2. As a performer in the MUSC 364 Summer Jazz Workshop (3.0 college credit hours, satisfying the “Experiential Education” requirement at UNC).  This portion of the workshop is available to rising high school seniors, college students, and adults.  MUSC 364 students study jazz theory and jazz improvisation with Dr. Anderson and Professor Ketch during the morning hours, and they join together with the Community SJW students to perform in jazz combos and participate in group lessons in the afternoon.
  3. As a student in the Jazz History/Music Journalism Through Social Media (non-performance track) of MUSC 364.  These students will study jazz history and learn basic music skills, as well as music journalism using social media.  Students in this track are not required to perform in a combo throughout the week or to perform in the final student concert (3.0 college credit hours, satisfying the “Experiential Education” requirement at UNC).

The details of the daily schedule are provided below.  Each evening, Monday through Thursday, guest artists and faculty will perform.  All concerts are free and open to the public. On Friday from 4:30-7:15pm, the student combos will perform in the final concert.  Refreshments are served each afternoon throughout the week in the Kenan Music Building Rehearsal Hall for participants in the workshop.


Dori Anderson
UNC Summer Jazz Workshop, Operations Facilitator 
919.537.1356 Phone

Rebecca Clemens, M.M.
UNC Summer Jazz Workshop, Associate Director
919.306.3138 Phone

Dr. Stephen Anderson, D.M.A.
Director, UNC Summer Jazz Workshop
Director of UNC Jazz Studies

Professor, Composition and Jazz Studies
919.537.1358 Phone