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School Groups

Ensemble Performance Clinics

Open to all levels from elementary school through college/university and semi-professional groups, the festival hosts a wide array of ensembles in a non-competitive environment. Groups may register in four categories: big bands, combos, vocal jazz groups, and vocal soloists. All groups receive recorded comments and a feedback clinic from some of our 40 artist/clinicians (college big bands receive recorded comments only). Choose from either an In-person clinic on the University of Northern Colorado Campus or a virtual clinic on Zoom. Each day, several educational workshops on topics ranging from improvisation and arranging to vocal and instrumental techniques are offered by the artist/clinicians and our main stage artists.

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Cost: $296.00

(Per Ensemble)

Registration Instructions


1

Register your ensemble and pay the $296 fee

After completing the registration form, you will be redirected to a secure payment portal to pay your fee. 

2

Login to your Jazz Fest Portal

Here you can view your schedule, venue information, and submit program information.

3

Purchase your Concert Tickets

Don't miss the opportunity to have your students see some of the nation's top jazz artists live and in-person! If you can't make it to the concert in-person opt for our school livestream pass. Learn More

4

Plan your Visit

Visit this page for the latest information on parking, dining, accomodations and more. 

 

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What's Included

(Per Ensemble)

Instrumental Ensembles

  • One (1) 30-minute performance in one of the festival venues.
  • One (1) 30-minute feedback clinic .
  • Written and recorded comments and an optional confidential rating.
  • Access to the Jazz Festival Workshops and After Hours Jam Session (Friday Only)

Vocal Ensembles

New this year! Vocal Ensembles have a 30-minute performance and a 30-minute feedback clinic. Don't have a full 30-minute set of music? That's ok, we'll start your feedback clinic on-stage, then continue on in the feebback room.

  • One (1) 30-minute peformance in one of the festival venues. 
  • One (1) 30-minute feedback clinic .
  • Written and recorded comments and an optional confidential rating.
  • Access to the Jazz Festival Workshops and After Hours Jam Sessions (Friday Only).

Register Your Ensemble


Director Information

School Perfomance and Workshop Schedule

  • Additional Info

    Additional Info

    • Performance slots are 30-minutes for both instrumental and vocal ensembles. Slots include time to get on stage, setup, applause, etc.
    • Ensembles will have a 30-minute slot in a warm-up room
    • Ensembles will receive Audio recorded comments from clinician(s)
    • K-12 big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles will receive a feedback clinic from one of our clinicians in a separate room from the performance space.
    • Confidential ratings are available by request. 
    • Registration includes entry to the educational clinics, jam sessions, and after hours jazz sessions.
    • Performance venues come with high-quality backline (piano, bass amp, guitar amp, drum set, cymbals, and vibes), music stands/platforms, and a professional sound system with engineer.
    • Pianos and drum sets are tuned daily.
    • Registration does not include tickets to the evening concerts.
  • Scheduling

    Scheduling

    • Thursday: Vocal Groups
    • Friday: Big Bands and Combos
    • Saturday: Big Bands and Combos

    During registration you will be able to select your preferred time-block and day and provide details about your ensemble's performance. Please consider choosing a Saturday performance as Friday's schedule typically sells out. 

  • Parking

    Parking

    Private Vehicles

    Street parking is available around Campus Commons Performance Hall. Please abide by all posted signage. Paid parking is available in C-Lot, just to the south of Campus Commons. 

    Bus Parking & Drop Off

    Designated bus drop-off Zones are to the south of Campus Commons on 22nd Street, and to the east of the University Center on 10th Ave. After dropping students/equipment buses can park in Y Lot by Nottingham Field or at Jackson Field. *Buses are not permitted in C Lot

    Download the UNC Parking Map

  • Arrival & Check-in

    Arrival & Check-in

    • Check-in for all ensembles will be at UNC Campus Commons. Plan to arrive at least 15-minutes prior to your scheduled warmup time to locate your case storage area, warmup room, performance room and feedback room.
    • Check your Jazz Fest Portal for your schedule. 
    • The Staff at the registration desk will help you find your assigned rooms. 
  • Case Storage and Warmup 

    Case Storage

    Ensembles will be given a designated location to store cases, coats, and other items. Please visit your portal for the exact location. 

    Warmup 

    Warmup begins 30 minutes prior to your performance time in the assigned location. Rooms are equiped with an electric piano, drum set, bass and guitar amps 

  • Performances 

    Performances 

    • Please note that travel time is included in your schedule - plan accordingly!
    • Ensembles must use the setups and equipment that is provided on stage. Due to scheduling, altering the setup will not be permitted. 
    Big Bands

    Your total time on stage is 30 minutes. This includes set-up, teardown, applause, and of course your peformance. Please plan accordingly when programming your set. Your 30-minute clinic will occur in a separate room. Sample Schedule: 10:00am - Warmup, 10:30am - Performance, 11:00am - Feedback Clinic. 

    Combos

    Your total time on stage is 30 minutes. This includes set-up, teardown, applause, and your performance . Please plan accordingly when programming your set. Your clinic is in the performance venue. Sample Schedule: 10:00am - Warmup, 10:30am - Performance, 11:00am - Feedback Clinic.

    Vocal Jazz Ensembles

    Your total time on stage is 30 minutes. This includes set-up, teardown, applause, and your performance. Please plan accordingly when programming your set. Your feedback clinic will be in a separate room. If your set is less than 30 minutes, your clinic will begin on-stage and continue in the feedback room. Sample Schedule: 10:00am - Warmup, 10:30am - Performance, 11:00am - Feedback Clinic

  • Equipment/Backline

    Equipment/Backline

    Vocal Ensembles
    • Microphones & PA
      • Campus Commons Performance Hall: 16 wireless handheld mics
      • Panorama Room: 8 wireless handheld mics, 10 wired handheld mics
      • Pikes Peak Ballroom: 4 condensor mics for area/group micing
      • Campus Commons Rehearsal Hall: 4 condensor mics for area/group micing
    • Drums and Cymbals
    • Bass Amp, Guitar Amp, 
    • Piano, keyboard amp, keyboard stand (keyboard will need to be supplied by the ensemble)
    • *We do not provide any auxiliary percussion or keyboards
    Instrumental Ensembles
    • Chairs, stands, and platforms
    • Drum set, cymbals, and vibraphone (performance room only)
    • Piano, keyboard amp, keyboard stand (keyboard will need to be supplied by the ensemble)
    • Bass amp and guitar amp
    • Microphones & PA
      • Campus Commons Performance Hall: Individual big band micing
      • Panorama Room: 1 mic per section and solo mic
      • Pikes Peak Ballroom: 1 mic per section and solo mic
      • Campus Commons Rehearsal Hall: 1 mic per section and solo mic

    *We do not provide any auxiliary percussion or keyboards

  • Feedback Clinics & Comments

    Feedback Clinics & Comments

    • All ensembles will recieve written and recorded feedback comments
    • Confidential Ratings are optional and will only be disclosed to the ensemble director
  • Photography

    Photography

    Jolesch Photography will be photographying every ensemble. After your feedback clinic, please proceed to the Mt. Evans ballroom in the University Center to have your group photographed.

  • Maps and Stage Plots
  • Dining

    On-Campus Dining

    Retail Dining

    We have several Retail Dining locations to meet your quick andon-the-go needs! Each location will have special offerings during UNC Jazz Festival 2022.If you would like to order Einstein Bros Bagels, or Subway ahead of time, email diningservices@unco.edu.

    Located in the University Center
    • Einstein Bros Bagels: fresh made breakfast and lunch sandwiches; drip coffee; fresh squeezed orange juice
    • Munchy Mart: breakfast burritos;fountain drinks; ice cream; convenience store items
    • Subway: fresh made to order sandwiches
    • Hissho Sushi: fresh made to order sushi; poke bowls; and more
    • Klawz Corner: pizza by the slice; side salad; flavored popcorn; candy
    • Pie Cafe: Drinks & snacks. Open at 4:00pm Thur-Sat. 

    Holmes Dining Hall

    Holmes Dining Hall is an all you can eat location with customizable options including burgers, pizza, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches and more!

    Reserve your space now! Email diningservices@unco.edu to schedule and pay for your groups before you arrive. Receive the special $9/person "Early Bird" pricing by booking in advance (door price is $13/person). Credit/Debit cards and cash are accepted in all dining locations.If anyone in your group has food allergies, we have asolution! Holmes Dining Hall has a food station called THE DASH that has foods that are free of 7 of the 8 top allergens, and can accommodate customers with specific dietary needs / food allergies. 

    • Breakfast: 7:00am - 9:30am
    • Lunch: 11:00am - 1:00pm
    • Dinner: 5:00pm - 7:00pm (Thur), 5:00pm - 6:30pm (Fri/Sat)

    See a list of Off-Campus Dining Options

Questions? Please contact the Jazz Festival production team at Jazz.Fest@unco.edu

Workshops

10am - 3pm, Thursday - Saturday

Hour-long workshops are presented by artists and UNC faculty on topics relating to jazz, including improvisation, solo jazz singing, arranging, jazz pedagogy, music business, rehearsal techniques, and instrumental techniques. During workshops, students, community members, and educators have the opportunity to interact with nationally renowned clinicians through music making and the sharing of historical and technical information about the great art form of jazz.

Pictured: 2022 Artist Meet & Greet with Sheila Jordan

Learn More

2023 Tickets Coming Soon!

Join us at Campus Commons Performance Hall for a concert experience your students won't forget! April 20/21 at 4:30pm and 7:30pm, April 22 at 4:30pm. School groups of 10 or more students receive a special discount. Purchase your tickets early for the best seating.  

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After Hours

Jam Session @ the Moxi

Join us after the mainstage concert on Friday for an intimate After Hours Jam Session. Free and open to the public, seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. Music starts at approximately 10:15pm.