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Mark your calendars!  The 2024 UNC (North Carolina) Summer Jazz Workshop will take place Monday-Friday, June 24-28.  We hope to see you there!

  • At this time, we are only accepting UNC students who join the MUSC 364 college class (for credit) in either Journalism/Jazz History or the performance sections of the class.   

  • 150 students will be attending this year forming 13 combos and 2 big bands.    

General Information

The UNC Summer Jazz Workshop is a unique five-day jazz program (Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, 2024) 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 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


University and Department of Music COVID safety policies are subject to change according to the conditions of the pandemic.  

  • Since March 7, 2022, UNC initiated an optional mask policy.

Whether in class, studio, rehearsal, or on stage, let’s all demonstrate compassion, respect, and understanding for our fellow music students, faculty, staff, and community members. Some will choose to continue wearing masks for either their comfort level and/or health concerns, while others will feel more comfortable not wearing masks.

As our department’s Mission Statement states, we affirm music’s importance as an expression of humanity across differences. We value each student’s as well as each staff and faculty member’s well-being. Let’s transition together into this new phase of our shared work in the department by enacting daily all of our shared values.

The following safety guidelines were approved by the Provost’s office on July 20, 2021. Updates to masks follow the Chancellor’s communication dated March 3, 2022 and are effective March 7, 2022.

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine and booster is the best way to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 virus and its variants while contributing to a typical, in-person experience at Carolina. For updates on the Carolina Together program, please visit here.

If you have concerns about the vaccine, UNC Health has shared some important facts.

Based on CDC guidance, we urge everyone who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot to receive this extra protection. You are eligible for a booster if:

  • You are 16 or older, and
  • You received your second/final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines more than SIX months ago, or
  • You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than TWO months ago.

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are available on a walk-in basis at Campus Health Pharmacy and Student Stores Pharmacy for faculty, staff and students. No appointment is necessary. Bring your insurance card (Medicare plans not accepted), and if receiving a COVID-19 booster, your COVID-19 vaccination card. You can find off-campus vaccination clinics in your community at

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Please wash your hands frequently and utilize the hand sanitizer stations available throughout the buildings. Please sanitize your hands before touching/using any shared materials such as opening doors, sitting at desks in classrooms, or playing the pianos in practice rooms.

For complete details and the latest updates on the Carolina Together Testing policy, please visit here.

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We encourage students who feel COVID symptoms to get tested immediately and to not come to campus to avoid the spread of COVID.