Chicago Jazz Workshop

June 18 – June 22, 2018


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.

This is a great learning opportunity for beginning jazz students! The Chicago Jazz Workshop is geared towards students entering 6th grade and above.

Click here to download a PDF brochure for the Chicago Jazz Workshop!

The Chicago Jazz Workshop takes place at the historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL.

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. Faculty Performance/Workshop

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Master Class

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Rehearsal

Important 2018 Dates

Friday, June 22, 1:00 p.m., MYA Conservatory Center: Final Chicago Jazz Workshop Performance


Trumpeter Quentin Coaxum is the director of MYAC's Big Band, Merit Combo, Big Band Theory, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop Combo. Quentin recently graduated with a Master's of Music from Northwestern University, where he focused on jazz education reform. In addition to experience as a full-time public school educator, Quentin has worked as a clinician at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Wheaton College and the NIU Summer in the Arts Camp. As a performer he has appeared with Solange Knowles, Benny Golson, Brandford Marsalis and many others.

Saxophonist Neil Carson is the director of MYAC's Jazz Workshop and Jazz Orchestra, as well as instructor for the Jazz Workshop Combo and theory class. A 2010 MYAC alumnus, Neil completed a Master's Degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Miami in 2016, and has since performed actively as a saxophonist, vocalist, composer/arranger in the Chicago area. Neil's big band composition "Ballad for the Hopeless Romantic" was awarded first prize in the 2017 ASMAC Bill Conti Big Band Arranging/Composing Competition.

Guest Artists

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 Art Council grant for her composition. She currently teaches at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Pianist Dan Pierson is a Chicagoland native and MYAC alumnus. He received his BM in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Pierson has become involved in countless artistic pursuits. In 2011 he co-founded the improvisational piano trio "Rooms", with whom he has developed a large repertoire of original music that pulls from Jazz, Western, Classical, Rock and Electronic influences. Pierson is dedicated to guiding his students along their respective paths and while ensuring that their fundamental understanding of key musical concepts is consistently addressed.


MYAC’s Chicago Jazz Workshop is open to students entering 6th grade or above as of Fall 2018. Students should have a solid background in music and be taking private lessons. This camp is a great opportunity for beginning jazz students!


Chicago Jazz Workshop: $500.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by May 31, 2018. Tuition payments can be made here.

Housing with MYAC families is available for $250. Please email us at if you are interested in housing.

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, 2018 but applications after this date will be accepted.


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

We hope to see you at the 2018 Chicago Jazz Workshop!