New York Jazz Symposium at Trinity

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

Jazz School

The New York Jazz Symposium hosted renowned jazz teachers to work with dedicated, devoted and passionate young jazz musicians in Melbourne. To the backdrop of Trinity College's beautiful grounds, students worked with renowned Carl Allen, Rodney Jones, Matthew Jodrell, Chris Ziemba, Carla Cook and Jordan Pettay! Students found that their performance skills were transformed – and they met other like minded passionate, young jazz musicians!

Learning from some of the world's greatest jazz musicians and being surrounded by other young jazz enthusiasts from Australia and other parts of the world, was an incredible expereince for all.


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.

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.