Sitka Jazz Workshop

The Sitka Jazz Workshop is a multi-age, intensive jazz program. Join professional bassist Christian Fabian, recording artist and bass player with the Lionel Hampton Big Band, and other world-class jazz faculty. During Sitka Jazz Workshop you will learn jazz basics and jazz stars’ secrets: how to swing, how to sing, how to scat, improvisation on jazz piano, drums, bass, guitar, vibraphone, and all wind instruments. They will also show you how to compose jazz, how to make a jazz arrangement out of any melody, how to arrange jazz trios, quartets, 10 piece and big band music and much more. You will learn how to play jazz better and have more fun doing it when you finish this week, no matter what level you’re at—beginner, experienced player, professional musician or teacher. If you’re a current elementary, middle or high school teacher, Sitka Jazz Workshop classes can add effective new ideas and techniques to your jazz pedagogy. 

“I would highly recommend the Sitka Jazz Workshop to any aspiring young musician.  I found it to be an environment that produced tremendous results in the growth of the students in attendance in the short span of one week.  Students were remarking that their life was changed forever as well as the way they think about music as a result of the work covered.  It was truly transformative in nature and I would go so far as to say there is nothing like it anywhere.” – Mike Longo, Jazz Great and former pianist for Dizzy Gillespie 

“Sitka Jazz Week at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp is one of the most enriching, exciting, innovative, and informative events of the year. The weeklong program is  comprehensive, immersing participants in the rudiments of creating jazz music within a very supportive environment by highly qualified teachers!” – Dee Daniels, jazz vocalist

“A summer week on a beautiful southern Alaskan island? Eagles in the air and the salmon running? A gorgeous rustic campus filled with other arts campers? Top-notch teachers? A relatively small…and thus very personally engaged by the faculty…group of students? Where do I sign up?” – Sam Burtis, trombone player

“Sitka is a magical place that is brimming with soul. Jazz is a special, American music that is also packed with deep feeling. It only makes sense that when the two converge, you have the most artistically stimulating environment that one can find. I know. I was there and experienced it. You won’t regret your trip to Sitka.” – John Clayton, bassist 

“After reading the brochures describing the mountain views….the fresh air….the love, care, and concern for jazz, I’m considering booking a flight up there!” – Ron Carter, bassist

The Location

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is located on the historic Sheldon Jackson Campus in the picturesque coastal community of Sitka, Alaska. Dormitories, dining hall, gym, classrooms, and practice areas are all conveniently located on site. The campus is a short walk from downtown Sitka.

Accommodations and Dining

On campus participants should plan on arriving on July 15th and will be housed on the historic Sheldon Jackson Campus. Meals are served buffet-style and are a time for participants and instructors to come together. On campus participants will depart on July 22nd.

Learn More

Dates: July 15-22, 2018

$665 Day Students, $1000 Dorm Students

Participants ages 15 and up

Daily Schedule (subject to change)

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Register January 1, 2018

Tuition due May 1

Health Form due May 1

Travel Form due May 1



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