Maryland Winter Jazz FAQ

Q: Have you done this before?

A: We certainly have. We produced Maryland Summer Jazz, in July 2020 entirely virtually. We had over 20 faculty and 70 participants from around the world, and according to our participants, it was a huge success. Since then, Jeff Antoniuk and Digging Deeper Jazz has produced 16 different stand-alone workshops, live and online, for over 200 participants world wide.

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

A: A personalized schedule with links to each specific class will be sent out each day. For now, click here for a sample schedule.

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

AFar beyond sending out the music in advance, Maryland Winter Jazz attendees have the chance to work on all the MWJ for weeks and months in advance at JazzWire. 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 MWJ?

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 500 hours of “online band” 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 MWJ 2020, every class is recorded. Every elective and lesson and interaction will be provided to you at the end of Maryland Winter Jazz, so you will never miss a thing!

Q: I want to attend Maryland Winter Jazz, but I don’t think I want to do JazzWire. Can I still attend MWJ?

A: Everyone who attends MSJ will be 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 Maryland Winter Jazz. 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 MWJ music, meeting new friends from around the globe, and getting support for your development like you’ve never received in your life. And after MWJ, you’ll have a plan to keep the ball rolling for yourself.

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

A: For cancellations before December 8, 2020, there is a refund of $250. For cancellations between December 8 to December 25, 2020, there is a refund is $150. Cancellations after December 25, 2020 will not be refunded.