Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

Program for Jazz | June 6—June 15, 2019

Steans Jazz Program About Concerts Faculty and Fellows


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.


Jazz Grandstand Concert Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in BGH
Master Class (presenter to be announced) Saturday, June 8, 2019 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
Jimmy Greene, Saxophone
Tim Hagans, Composer/Trumpet

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.

Jalen Baker, vibes
Mason Margut, piano
Theodore Davis, tenor
Eric DuPont, drums
Shawn Fernandez Vilanueva, trumpet
Will Gorman, piano
Sarah Hanahan, alto saxophone
Dishan Harper, bass
Mikailo Kasha, bass
Gabriel Landa, drums
Armir Lee, alto saxophone
Luca Mendoza, piano
Sean Riddle, bass
Matthew Smith, drums
Bryson Wheeler, trombone