New York Jazz Symposium at Trinity

Are you passionate about jazz? Want to learn from some of the world's greatest jazz musicians?

Jazz School

Essential information

Who: Australian and international high school students aged 14–17
When: Sunday 28 June – Saturday 4 July 2015. This is your last chance to be part of the program
What: Tuition includes the academic program, mentoring, accommodation, meals, extracurricular activities, return airport transfers and other activities arranged by the College.
Where: Trinity College, the University of Melbourne
Fees: AU$1,700. Partial scholarships - Regional city, travel assistance and low SES available.
Application Closing Date Extended: Monday 1 June 2015


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In the July 2015 school holidays, Trinity College welcomes the New York Jazz Symposium for the last time!

The New York Jazz Symposium brings renowned jazz teachers to work with dedicated, devoted and passionate young jazz musicians in Melbourne. To the backdrop of Trinity College's beautiful grounds, you will work with renowned Carl Allen, Rodney Jones, Matthew Jodrell, Chris Ziemba, Carla Cook and Jordan Pettay! You will find that your performance skills are transformed – and you will meet other like minded passionate, young jazz musicians!

Learn from some of the world's greatest jazz musicians and be surrounded by other young jazz enthusiasts from Australia and other parts of the world, just like you!


Jazz School highlights

  • an intensive, one-week residential program learning with Carl Allen, Director of the New York Jazz Symposium, Director of the Jazz Program at the Juilliard School and the Juilliard All Stars
  • experience Residential College life and jam through the evenings with your peers
  • instrument master classes, listening classes and special topic lectures such as How to make your solos unique and Success through the journey
  • work in jazz ensembles with New York Jazz Symposium tutors preparing you for your final concert
  • listen to the New York Jazz Symposium perform and experience live jazz Melbourne-style.

Who is the Jazz Symposium for?

The New York Jazz Symposium at Trinity is open to Australian and international high school students aged 14–17 years. If you're proficient with one of the following instruments, or play any other instrument, we would love to hear from you:

  • vocals

  • drums

  • bass (acoustic, electric or both)

  • piano

  • guitar

  • trumpet

  • trombone

  • saxophone and/or clarinet


About the New York Jazz Symposium

New York is home to renowned jazz musicians, and the New York Jazz Symposium brings the best jazz teachers to Trinity to offers students the opportunity to be a part of this exceptional experience. The New York Jazz Symposium musicians in 2014 are: Carl Allen, drums; Rodney Jones, guitar; Matthew Jodrell, trumpet; Chris Ziemba, piano; Carla Cook, vocals; Jordan Pettay, alto saxophone and Daniel Chmielinksi on bass.

Find out more about the New York Jazz Symposium, who you will have the opportunity to learn from while you're at Trinity.

McComish Scholarship for Brass

As part of the New York Jazz Symposium at Trinity, a brass player is awarded the McComish Scholarship for Brass, thanks to the generosity of Mr Bruce McComish. This provides a young musician with the opportunity to spend a day in the studio with renowned Australian trumpet player, James Morrison. In 2013 the scholarship was awarded to Matthew Nicholls, a young trumpet player. In 2014, Thomas Voss recieved this prestigious scholarship.

YL Matthew Nicholls 206x140'I would like to express my thanks to Bruce McComish for giving me the opportunity to play and talk to my childhood hero for a whole day – it was one of the best days of my life.' - Matthew Nicolls.