JazzWire Summer Summit FAQ

General Questions:

Q: What is the daily schedule for JazzWire Summer Summit?
A: A personalized schedule with links to each specific class will be sent out to participants in advance of the workshop. For now, click here for a sample schedule of the virtual session, and here for a sample schedule of in-person session.

Q: I’d like to work on the Summer Summit music ahead of time. Will you be sending that out to us?
AFar beyond sending out the music in advance, JazzWire Summer Summit attendees have the chance to work on all the music for weeks and months in advance at JazzWire.net. 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: I can no longer attend the JazzWire Summer Summit, but have paid. What is the refund policy?
A: For cancellations before June 1, 2023, there is a refund of $250. For cancellations between June 2 and July 1, 2023, there is a refund of $150. Cancellations after July 1, 2023 will not be refunded.

Q: I want to attend the Summer Summit, but I don’t think I want to do  JazzWire. Can I still attend join you?
A: Everyone who attends the Summer Summit will become a JazzWire member, so yes, we need you to be a part of the JazzWire 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 JazzWire is integral to the Summer Summit. Your experience with us will be deeper than any other camp on earth can offer. We are proud of  that.

Q: JazzWire is a six-month commitment, correct?
A: Yes, you are subscribed to JazzWire, and your card will be billed at the rate of $49.95/month. During this time, you’ll be working on the Summer Summit music, meeting new friends from around the globe, and getting support for your development like you’ve never received in your life. And  after the Summit, you’ll have a plan to keep the ball rolling for yourself.

Q: Who is the faculty?
A: All of our faculty (grouped by session), is located here for online, and here for in-person! Pictures and bios can be seen using those links.
*JWSS reserves the right to change or substitute faculty at any time*

Virtual Questions:

Q: Have you produced virtual workshops before?
A: Yes, we are a world leader in producing online and virtual workshops. Jeff Antoniuk and JazzWire have produced more than 40 different stand alone online workshops and camps, for over 450 participants world wide.

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. In out Virtual Session 1, every class is recorded. Every elective and lesson and interaction will be provided to you at the end of the Summit, so you will never miss a thing!

Q: Are we able to improvise in the virtual workshop?
A: The answer is YES. While true “global 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 2,500 hours of “online band” with great success. Small improv 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.

In Person Questions:

Q: How and where can I book a hotel for the group rate of The Summit?

The Bethesdan Hotel by Hilton
8120 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda MD, 20814

Write us, and we will let you know when our preferred rate at the hotel becomes available.

The Bethesdan has been our partner hotel for many years, and they are newly renovated and looking and feeling great! We’ll be hosting a jam session (7/21) and the faculty concert (7/22) in their bar/restaurant, so make plans to stay here during the Summer Summit.

Q: Are there amplifiers provided for guitar players, or need I bring one?
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: What is everything I should bring to the workshop?
A: When you come to the workshop, make sure you have your:

  • Instrument
  • Music (Provided on Jazz Wire for you)
  • A Music Stand
  • Any appropriate equipment for your select instrument

Q: I have a special diet, who should I speak to since the meals are provided?
A: Please let us know your food allergies in advance. We will send out reminders before the event regarding food allergies. Otherwise, please make plans to bring your own meals IF they are extreme restrictions.

Q: I have a lot of equipment, Is the facility multiple floors tall?
A: Yes. The facility is 2 floors tall, however there is an easily accessible elevator for all to use.

Q: Is there a refrigerator?
A: Yes, but not for the use of the participants.

Q: Are there bathrooms in the facility?
A: YES! There are 2 sets of bathrooms, located on each floor of the building.

Q: Is there transport from the hotel to the facility?
A: We do not provide transportation, but it is a short 5 min drive; folks often carpool or share ubers

Q: How much are tickets to the final concert that I will be performing at on July 22nd?
A: The final concert tickets are $20 per person. Any family and friends who come to hear you play will purchase a ticket. Tickets will be available for on-site purchase, OR, a discounted rate if purchased ahead of time online, when made available.