Jazz Scholar Program

Through Ravinia's Jazz Scholar Program, talented high school students are mentored and coached by Chicago's finest jazz musicians. Beyond the instruction that these young musicians receive in high school bands, Ravinia provides inspiration, advice and intensive training through master-classes, audition based ensembles and individualized instruction. National leaders in the arts take the time to impart their wisdom and skills to the next generation of great musicians.

Jazz Scholars Trombone

Motivated students are encouraged to apply for Ravinia’s Jazz Scholar program. Judged to be some of the best student jazz musicians in the city, Ravinia’s Jazz Scholars receive intensive pre-professional training. The jazz mentor program offers more than academic tutoring. Mentors serve as role models and are able to impart knowledge of not just their genre and instrument, but of their lives as professional musicians and their lives within the Chicago jazz scene.

Scholars benefit from numerous performance opportunities including Music Matters and Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. In addition the Jazz Scholar Ensemble is often invited to perform at events throughout the city. Each summer the Scholars are sent to the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp in Louisville, Kentucky, a prestigious training center for pre-professionals. Many alumni from this program have gone on to study music at colleges including Juilliard , Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and NYU. Several alumni are now professional musicians and educators themselves.