Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

Program for Jazz | June 6—June 15, 2019

Steans Jazz Program About Concerts Faculty and Fellows


Call For Entries: 2019 Bridges Competition

Bridges Competition

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI) Announces 2nd Annual International Composition Competition with $7,500 in Prizes and Performance at Ravinia. More Info.



Participation in the Program for Jazz is by invitation only. The Program for Jazz focuses on composition and small ensemble improvisation. Although part of the program focuses on performing a well-rehearsed concert, most of the days are spent rehearsing with a variety of individuals, learning how to perform well with changing personnel. All 15 fellows write original music in the program.


Master Class (presenter to be announced) Saturday, June 8, 2019 in BGH
Jazz Grandstand Concert Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in BGH


Rufus Reid

Faculty member Rufus Reid works with Jazz fellows.

Billy Childs, Co-Program Director and Composer/Piano
Rufus Reid, Co-Program Director and Composer/Bass
Steve Wilson, Saxophone

Ravinia Festival Activities

Ravinia Festival is located on Chicago’s North Shore and runs each year from late May through early September. All Ravinia events are open to Ravinia's Steans Music Institute participants.These include outdoor concerts in the pavilion by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, often joined by distinguished soloists, and solo and chamber recitals in Ravinia’s Martin Theatre. RSMI’s programming includes jazz concerts and master classes, often with RSMI alums and world-renowned jazz musicians.

Fellows for 2019 will be announced in Spring 2019