August 7 – 11, 2023

With Michael Zilber & CJC Faculty

This advanced program is open to six to eight talented high school musicians who have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with renowned Bay Area jazz artists. During the week-long program, participants will engage in rehearsals, master classes, and private lessons, culminating in a public performance at the California Jazz Conservatory. 

Unlike traditional programs that involve one instructor working with an ensemble, the student group will receive daily instruction from a full ensemble of professional musicians. Through intensive rehearsals, students will develop their skills in improvisation and arranging/composition. The high school jazz intensive is open to all rhythm section instruments and horns. 

Take advantage of this unique chance to learn from and perform with some of the best jazz musicians in the Bay Area!

Sample Schedule


10 – 11 am group plays from assigned tunes for all faculty

11:15 am – 12 pm individual private lessons

1 – 3 pm group rehearsal with faculty

3 – 4 pm student-run rehearsal

Tuesday – Thursday:

10 am – 12 pm master class

1 – 3 pm group rehearsal with faculty

3 – 4 pm student-run rehearsal


11 am – 1 pm dress rehearsal for students

2 – 4 pm faculty open dress rehearsal

8 – 10 pm concert at the California Jazz Conservatory


Tuition: $875

Students should prepare one ballad and one uptempo tune, memorizing the melody and changes.

Please choose from the following:

Ballads – Say It Over and Over Again (as recorded by John Coltrane), Lonely Woman (Ornette Coleman), Ruby, My Dear (Thelonious Monk), Meaning of the Blues (as recorded by Michael Brecker, composed by Bobby Troup)

Up Tempo – Ugetsu (Cedar Walton), 52nd Street Theme (Thelonious Monk), Captain Marvel (Chick Corea), In and Out (Joe Henderson)

Concert key lead sheets for the above tunes can be found here.

Students will also sightread a piece, provided at the audition.

Audition Date: April 30, 2023

For more information and audition prescreening, please contact Young Musicians Program director Erik Jekabson at erik@cjc.edu or call the CJC at 510.845.5373

Dr. Michael Zilber is the director of the Jazzschool’s multiple DownBeat award-winning Advanced High School Jazz Workshop.

To Apply

Contact Erik Jekabson for consultation and audition pre-screening erik@cjc.edu

Refund Policy

Tuition is non-refundable.