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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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Registration: $296.00

(Per Ensemble)

Instructions

  1. Register your ensemble and pay the $296 fee.
  2. Submit your ensemble scheduling and information form provided in your confirmation email.
  3. Login to your portal to view your ensemble's schedule, parking assignments, and more.

School clinics will be offered both In-Person and Virtually

 

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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 
  • Comments and an optional confidential rating
  • Access to the Jazz Festival Workshops and After Hours Jam Sessions (Friday Only)

Vocal Ensembles

  • one (1) 30-minute peformance/feedback clinic in one of the festival venues. Vocal clinics occur in the performance venue and are included in the 30-minute slot. 
  • 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 instrumental ensembles and 15-minutes for 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.
      • Vocal clinics are includes in the 30-minute performnace slot and occur in the performance venue.
      • Instrumental (big band and combo) clinics occur in a separate venue from the performance. 
      • College ensembles will receive comments only (no feedback clinics).
    • Confidential ratings are available by request. 
    • Registration include 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: K-12 Big Bands and Collegiate Combos
    • Saturday: Collegiate Big Bands and Combos

    Your registration confirmation will include a link to the ensemble scheduling and information form. There, you will be able to select your preferred time-block and day and provide details about your ensemble's performance. 

  • 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 (if applicable). 
    • 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 see 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 - Clinic. 

    Combos

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

    Vocal Jazz Ensembles

    Your total time on stage will is 30 minutes. This includes set-up, teardown, applause, your performance and your clinic. Please plan accordingly when programming your set. Your clinic is in the performance venue and included in the 30-minute performance slot. Sample Schedule: 10:00am - Warmup, 10:30am - Performance/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 feedback comments
      • Vocal & Combo feedback clinics are part of the 30-minute performance slot and occur in the performance venue
      • Big Band feedback clinics will occur in a separate room, outside the 30-minute performance slot
    • 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.

Don't Miss special guest Artist Greg Bissonette. 

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2022 Tickets On Sale!

Join us at the Campus Commons Performance Hall for NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, Kings Ruturn, Bobby Sanabria, The Pedrito Martinez Group, The Drew Zaremba Jazz Fellowship, and the Award winning UNC Jazz Lab Band 1. April 21/22 at 4:30pm and 7:30pm, April 23 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.