2020 FAQs

Q: What is the daily schedule for Maryland Summer Jazz?

A: The schedule will be announced on July 1st, 2020. For now, click here for a sample schedule.

 

Q: I’d like to work on the MSJ music ahead of time. Will you be sending that out to us?

AFar beyond sending out the music in advance, Maryland Summer Jazz attendees have the chance to work on all the MSJ for weeks and months in advance at Jazz Wire. There will be weekly lessons, discussions and posts on all the music, at three different ability levels. You will show up to camp feeling confident and comfortable.

 

Q: Are we able to play in small groups in the virtual setting at MSJ?

A: The answer is YES. While true “online jamming together” really doesn’t exist technologically, we have a great system to get around that. Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk has used the Zoom platform to teach over 130 hours of his Jazz Band Masterclass sessions over the past four months, with great success. Small groups of seven musician work with their faculty leader and with an iReal Pro app to play melodies together, trade fours with each other, play duos, and play for each other. The educational aspects of the Zoom platform actually come with benefits as well. All musicians will experience MORE playing and soloing time in this setting than they would in a “real world” class! Is it like being in the same room together, no. Is it powerful, valuable and inspiring, yes.

 

Q: I’m concerned about my internet and the technology. What if my internet goes out at some point?

A: This is one of the amazing things about going virtual. When someone was sick for camp, or stuck in traffic or at work, there was nothing to be done. At MSJ 2020, every class is recorded. Every elective and lesson and interaction will be provided to you at the end of Maryland Summer Jazz, so you will never miss a thing!

 

Q: I want to attend Maryland Summer Jazz, but I don’t think I want to do Jazz Wire. Can I still attend MSJ?

A: Everyone who attends MSJ will be a Jazz Wire member, so yes, we need you to be a part of the Jazz Wire club! Imagine arriving at a camp where you already know everyone. Imagine showing up knowing the music inside out. Imagine if your teachers knew how you played ahead of time. Imagine feeling supported in your work, day in and day out, for months beforehand, and for months after camp. Those are the reasons Jazz Wire is integral to Maryland Summer Jazz. Your experience with us will be deeper than any other camp on earth can offer. We are proud of that.

 

Q: Jazz Wire is a six-month commitment, correct?

A: Yes, you are subscribed to Jazz Wire, and your card will be billed at the rate of $49.95/month. During this time, you’ll be working on the MSJ music, meeting new friends from around the globe, and getting support for your development like you’ve never received in your life. And after MSJ, you’ll have a plan to keep the ball rolling for yourself.A: Guitarists usually bring their own amps (and music stand), but if you’re flying, we’ll help get you set up, please let us know in advance.

Q: I can’t attend Maryland Summer Jazz, but have paid. What is the refund policy?

A: For cancellations before June 15, 2020, there is a refund of $300, plus a 25% discount to attend MSJ 2021. For cancellations from June 15 to July 1, 2020, there is a flat refund is $200. Cancellations after July 1, 2020 will not be refunded.

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