TD Jazz Youth Summit 2017

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“ Being a part of the program was by far one of the best musical experiences of my life. At the end of the 10 days, I was buzzing with inspiration and excitement about playing music. ”

Emily Steinwall, 2015 Participant

About the TD Jazz Youth Summit

The TD Jazz Youth Summit is a program run by the Ottawa Jazz Festival that brings together the top young musicians from across the nation.

Taking place during the Festival, the Summit provides young Canadian musicians a rare platform to develop their big band experience by working with internationally acclaimed musicians and clinicians, culminating in two performances on the Main Stage.

The eight day all-expenses paid residency, from June 24th to July 1st,  will stay with the participants well after the Festival is over by building close friendships with peers, often resulting in lifelong professional partnerships.

Renowned Canadian jazz trumpet player and University of Toronto professor, Jim Lewis is the Summit’s Music Director. Besides recruiting the participants from across the nation and conducting rehearsals, he invites visiting musicians to the Festival to conduct workshops for Summit participants during their residence.

Participants also have the opportunity to perform alongside professional jazz musicians and legends during the Late Night Jam sessions happening every night at 10:30pm.

The experience:

  • Festival access
  • Daily master classes and rehearsals
  • Performance opportunities at the Festival
  • Paid transportation
  • Shared hotel accommodation
  • A music experience like no other

Application Deadline

Deadline for 2017 applications is Friday April 21st.