Chicago Jazz Workshop

July 24 – July 28, 2017


Midwest Young Artists Conservatory's Chicago Jazz Workshop is designed with the aspiring creative jazz musician in mind. Students are placed in jazz combos of five to eight students, where the focus is ensemble interaction, accompaniment, and improvisation through the study of jazz standards. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to help students gain a better understanding of how to control and manipulate their musical environment.

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The Chicago Jazz Workshop takes place at the historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL. Students attend daily theory classes and technique classes, and master classes are given throughout the week, allowing students to explore the unique aspects of their particular instrument. The week concludes with a final performance at the MYA Conservatory Center.

Sample Daily Schedule

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.: Rehearsal

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Theory

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Guided Listening (lunch is not provided by MYA)

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Supervised Practice

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Improvisational Workshop

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Master Class

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Rehearsal

Important 2017 Dates

Friday, July 28, 1:00 p.m., MYA Conservatory Center: Final Chicago Jazz Workshop and Evening Jazz Performance


Saxophonist Chris Madsen is one of the most in-demand figures in the Chicago jazz world as a performer, composer, and pedagogue. He serves as full-time jazz faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, jazz faculty at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory and was Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University from 2008-2014. He is a sought-after jazz clinician, adjudicating at jazz festivals and offering workshops to ensembles of all ages and levels from across the globe.

Pianist Joan Hickey has been teaching and performing in the Chicago area for over 40 years and she has played with such jazz luminaries as Nat Adderly, Von Freeman, Frank Morgan, Lou Tabakin, Jon Faddis and Clark Terry. She has been awarded 2 National Endowment for the Arts grants and an Illinois Arts Council grant for her composition.

Guest Artists

Saxophonist Eric Schneider represents the true spirit of jazz: walking in the footsteps of the giants while expressing a vision that is entirely his own. He played in the Count Basie Orchestra and recorded three albums with them, including the Grammy Award-winning 88 Basie Street. During his tenure he performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Clark Terry, Ray McKinley and many others. He is now in constant demand on clarinet and saxophone, alto and tenor, by both small groups and big bands.

Pianist Dan Trudell has been a voted a "rising star" by DownBeat Magazine and recently toured with Matt Wilson's "Arts and Crafts" quartet featuring Terrell Stafford and Dennis Irwin in Italy. He has performed as a sideman with Aretha Franklin, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Buddy DeFranco, Roy Hargrove, Kurt Elling and many others. His piano style has been compared to Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner and Red Garland. His organ style is greatly influced by Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson and Brother Jack McDuff.


MYAC’s Chicago Jazz Workshop is open to students entering the 6th grade or above as of Fall 2017. Students should have a solid background in music and be taking private lessons.


Chicago Jazz Workshop: $885

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Click here to apply for Financial Aid for the Chicago Jazz Workshop. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by June 15, 2017. Tuition payments can be made here. All summer deposits are non-refundable. Tuition payments are non-refundable unless a detailed medical Doctor’s note is submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of the workshop or camp; absolutely no refunds are issued after two weeks before the beginning of the camp.


Students wishing to attend the Chicago Jazz Workshop must:

No audition is required. Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled. The suggested deadline for all materials is May 1, 2017 but applications after this date will be accepted.


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Alyssa Allgood at (847) 926-9898 or

We hope to see you at the 2017 Chicago Jazz Workshop!