Jazz Institute @ Brevard

June 5 - 16, 2017

Michael Dease, Director

Under the direction of Michael Dease, the Jazz Institute @ Brevard is committed to providing an authentic, immersive experience in the jazz aesthetic while refining the elements of musical and personal discipline, integrity, and passion. If you are seeking to take your musical abilities to the next level, look no further, you are in the right place.

The Program

The program will enroll up to 35 High School and College-age (and above) students who will participate in big band / combo classes and performances, private lessons, recording sessions, and mentoring opportunities with world renowned faculty and guest artists.

Our all-star faculty are some of the busiest working professionals in the music industry and their talent is equaled in their teaching ability. They are here for you – our students. The great Dizzy Gillespie once said, "I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons we're here is to be a part of this process of exchange."

Days are packed with events including big band, quintets – sextets – septets – octets, professional recording sessions, masterclasses with guest artists, private lessons, jazz history, jazz theory, jam sessions, outreach concerts, and performances at the Brevard Music Center. Topics of study reach across the entire music industry and provide insight to playing all styles of music. There is something for everyone at every step of the way. Time off in the schedule allows for hiking, rafting, tubing, cook-outs, and exploring the scenic forests and waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Jazz Institute @ Brevard

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00am - 9:00am


9:00am - 9:50am

Warm-up Class

10:00am - 11:50am

Big Band Rehearsal

12:00pm - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 4:00pm

Combo Rehearsals / Jazz Theory and History Classes

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Private Lessons / Practice Time

6:00pm - 7:00pm


7:00pm - 9:00pm

Master Class


Jam Session

Audition Requirements

Students who play the following instruments may apply (click on an instrument to view specific audition requirements):


Michael Dease, Director, Trombone, Big Band

Gwen Dease, Associate Director

Jim Alfredson, Organ

Tim Green, Guest Artist, Saxophone

Jason Hainsworth, Saxophone

Brandon Lee, Trumpet

Joseph Lulloff, Saxophone, Jazz Theory, Chamber Music

Jacob Reodriguez, Guest Artist, Saxophone

Jeff Sipe, Guest Artist, Drums


Monday, June 5 – Arrival, Evening Convocation, and Masterclass

Friday, June 16 – Departure from Brevard Music Center

Fees and Payment Schedule

The cost for the Jazz Institute is just $1500* per person. This includes tuition, housing, meals, and transportation in Brevard. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

A non-refundable reservation deposit of $500 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance. The balance of the fee is due by May 19, 2017.

* Tuition waived for Teaching Assistants / Resident Assistants.


All payments, except the $40 application fee and $500 reservation deposit, will be fully refunded if the Center receives notice of cancellation due to serious illness before May 19, 2017.

Written verification from an M.D. is required before a refund can be made. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure.

No refund for any reason will be made after May 19, 2017.


Payment can be made online by signing into your application page, or you can mail a check to the address below.

If you mail a check, please make the check out to "Brevard Music Center."

Be sure to write "Jazz Institute" and the full name of the student in the memo field.

Mail check to:

Brevard Music Center
ATTN: Jazz Institute
P.O. Box 312
Brevard, NC 28712