School of Visual and Performing Arts

UT Summer Jazz Institute

JUNE 11-16, 2017

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INstrumental Jazz   I  Vocal Jazz   Teacher Training   I   Jazz Appreciation

The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where ALL levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their jazz potential through the study of jazz in one of four exceptional programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation.  

The curriculum is designed to provide fundamental, intermediate and advanced jazz experiences for interested students from middle school through high school, undergraduate and graduate college students, and teachers desiring to refine and develop the pedagogy of Jazz, as well as those who want to grow in their appreciation of Jazz.

The institute provides a positive and fun learning environment through lectures, master classes, jam sessions, performances, and even a recording experience. Participants immerse themselves in improvisation, performance, arranging, and pedagogy with established professional jazz musician/educators.

Nationally Renowned Jazz Faculty

(Although unlikely, faculty are subject to change)

  • Gunnar Mossblad, Director, saxophone
  • Vic Juris, guitar
  • Tad Weed, piano
  • Norm Damschroder, Assistant Director, bass
  • Dr. Olman E. Piedra, drums/world percussion
  • Ben Wolkins, trumpet
  • Lee Martin, voice



The instrumental program emphasizes the development of jazz improvisation, style and composition skills through classes and performance in combos coached by artist faculty. In addition, master classes, nightly concerts, jam sessions and a recording session add to the jazz experience.

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The vocal program offers a positive environment for vocalists to develop their skills in jazz style, rhythm, scat singing, and Jon Hendricks’ vocalese singing techniques. Ensembles emphasize the vocalist with a combo. The vocal track combines with the instrumental program for master classes, nightly performances, jam sessions and a recording session.


The teacher-training program is designed for current and future music educators interested in teaching jazz. Practical experience is learned through observation of the ensembles and in classes, presentations of jazz pedagogical material for all levels of jazz students, methods and materials for teaching improvisation, conducting a jazz band and various other topics concerning jazz education and program development. Participants may elect to perform or simply observe during the week-long institute. (Note: Special discounts available for teachers - see FEES below.)


Those who are not musicians or music educators may elect to participate in our Jazz Appreciation track. Through listening, observation and some entertaining demonstrations, participants will learn how to listen to jazz and what to listen to. This track is designed for people who would like to know more about America’s classical music. 


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3 p.m. Radisson Hotel Check-in (if applicable)
3 p.m. Dorm Check-in (if applicable) - UT Center for Performing Arts 
3:30-5 p.m.  Registration, orientation & ensemble placement - UT Center for Performing Arts 
6 p.m. Kick-off Dinner - (included in your fees) at the UT Center for Performing Arts (CPA)

MONDAY - Wednesday

9:15 a.m. Announcements in the Recital Hall (CPA) 
9:30 a.m. Combo Rehearsals
1:30 p.m. Jazz Theory
12:30-1:30p.m. Lunch (included in your SJI fees)
1:30 p.m. Individualized Coaching/Practice
2:30 p.m. General Session
3:30 p.m. Combo Rehearsals
5 p.m. Concert at the CPA
6:30 p.m. Free Time 
7:30 p.m. Jam Session - Location TBA


9:15 a.m. Announcements in the Recital Hall (CPA)
9:30 a.m. Combo Rehearsals
1:30 p.m. Jazz Theory
12:30-1:30p.m. Lunch (included in your SJI fees)
1:30 p.m. Individualized Coaching/Practice 2:30 p.m. General Session
3:30 p.m. Combo Rehearsals 5 p.m. Concert at the CPA
6:30 p.m. SJI PARTY 


9:45 a.m. Announcements in the Recital Hall (CPA)
10 a.m. Classes & Combo Rehearsals
12:30 p.m.  Lunch (included in your SJI fees)
1:30 p.m. Move Equipment to Set up for Final Concert
2:30 p.m. Sound Checks 5 p.m. Free Time
6:30 p.m. Photos of group 


WE ARE AN ALL-INCLUSIVE CAMP, and will find a place for everyone who is interested in participating in the camp. 

Parental permission is required for anyone under than 18. Download the minor consent form.

ALL Potential participants must complete and submit:

Register by June 1, 2017! Registrations may be accepted after that time if space is available.


For performing participants: We would like a verbal or email recommendation from your band director or private teacher. Although not necessary, submitting a recording in MP3 format to give us a better idea of your level, it will assist us in planning the groups and adjunct faculty to give you the best experience possible. Ideally a medium swing tune and song of contrasting style and feel would be excellent. If you are new to Jazz, simply a few favorite scales or even a classical piece is acceptable.

This can be emailed to and be sure to include your name in the body of the email…and on the recording before you start playing.

NO MP3 is required for the Teacher Training or Jazz Appreciation (Non-performing) tracks.


REGISTRATION You can register now and pay fees later so register as early as possible! A $25 late fee will be assessed on all registrations received after June 1. Payment isn't due until June 9.

Application Fee - $50 
All Institute participants, are required to pay the non-refundable application fee. Online registration

Institute Tuition Fee - $450 (does NOT include application fee). Register before the deadline, even if you will pay your fees later. Outstanding fees must be paid by Friday, June 9, or you cannot participate. The tuition fee covers all course materials and lunch daily. Dinner is on your own. 

Discounts for TeachersEducators attending the institute can get a REBATE of $50 per student that attend the Institute from their school. Discount will be rebated back to you.

Housing (optional)

Our performance gigs will be at The Radisson Hotel on the Health Science Campus of the University of Toledo, in the 31Hundred Restaurant and Bar. Classes and workshops will be at the Center for Performing Arts on Main Campus.

Radisson Hotel Option - $786/week

Rooms at the Radisson can be rented through us, which will save you money on some of the taxes, over the cost of renting a room there on your own. The cost per room is $786/week (6 nights @ $131 per night) and includes daily hot breakfast buffet and the occupancy taxes. (There is no state sales tax because we are exempt.) These rooms have 2 queen beds and can sleep 4. The cost per room can be shared among the occupants. If you prefer a room with just a king sized bed, let us know.                                                                

Dorm Room Options (Main Campus - same campus as the Center for Performing Arts)

  • Double Room: $25.00 (per person/per night, linens included) $150/week (6 nights)
  • Single Room: $32.00 (per person/per night, linens included) $192/week (6 nights)

Note : Dorm linens include sheets, blankets, pillow case, washcloth, towel. Shower/toilet are in the room. No food is included with the dorm, but food is available for purchase on campus, and lunches are already included with your camp fees.



  • June 1, 2017 - Registration Deadline (after this date, a $25 late fee will be assessed)

How to Pay Your Fees

NOTE: You do NOT need to pay at the time of registration. Just pay your fees by June 9. If you have scholarship funding which pays for part of your fees, you can mail in a check for the difference or use the payment feature below to pay only what you owe. Please REGISTER FIRST before using the online payment feature below.) 


(Have you registered? If not, register first!)

  • Online Payment - all major credit cards accepted AMEX, DISC, MC, VISA 
  • In person: Department of Music office - UT Center for Performing Arts (PA1030)
  • By phone: 419.530.2448
  • By Mail: (Make checks payable to "The University of Toledo" - add Summer Jazz to the memo)

UT Summer Jazz Institute
Department of Music MS 605
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606


Please call the UT Department of Music - 419.530.2448 or contact

Gunnar Mossblad 

Last Updated: 1/31/19