Telluride Jazz Festival’s flagship educational scholarship program is the Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble. Dedicated Jazz students are invited to send audition recordings of their musical skills to program directors Prof. Bob Montgomery and Josh Quinlan. These esteemed jazz performance educators accept elite musicians to travel to Telluride the week preceding the festival to work on compositions and study music together.

The Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble perform around town the week leading up to the festival weekend, and are then rewarded with a festival opening performance on the Town Park main stage.

The purpose of the program is to inspire and guide young musicians who are poised to pursue their education in jazz and are at the level to begin their professional careers. The age range of students is generally between fifteen and twenty-one years. Education, room and board is provided free of charge upon acceptance to the program. The only cost to the students is transportation to and from Telluride.

In recent years, many former Telluride Student All-Stars students have ascended to professional music careers and return as featured acts on the Town Park Main Stage. The Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble Scholarship Program is supported by individual contributions, grants, and the generous Dworbell, Inc. sponsorship.


Friday, August 3

  • 10:00 am - 12 pm - Rehearsal
  • 10:00 pm - Late night show

Saturday, August 4

  • 12:00 pm - Arrival at the Town Park Stage for setup and soundcheck
  • 1:50 pm - Show at Town Park Stage

Sunday, August 5

  • Show on the "Society Stage" at Elks Park Schedule

*The Festival runs Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5. During free time you’re welcome to enjoy the show.

Monday, July 30

  • 6:00 pm - Meeting in Elks Park
  • 6:30 pm - Opening dinner

Tuesday, July 31

  • 9:00 am - Rehearsal (always at Elks Lodge)
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Rehearsal
  • 5:00 pm - Dinner at the New Sheridan
  • 5:30 - 9:30 pm - Jam session at the New Sheridan Bar

Wednesday, August 1

  • Same schedule as Tuesday

Thursday August 2

  • 9:00 am - Rehearsal
  • 11:30 am - Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - Meet up at Elks for outdoor experience
  • 1:00 - 7:30 pm - Patron Opening Party Performance


Audition Deadline: June 15, 2018

Requirements: Submit a CD, DVD or include a link in the form below of your jazz performance. Your audition must be comprised of three contrasting tunes of your choice (e.g., medium swing, ballad, bossa nova, uptempo swing, samba, bebop, modal, original or modern). You may choose to record with a live band or the accompaniment of a jazz play-along. Please take care that we can hear your part clearly. (Note: Rhythm section players must set the balance of their stereo accordingly with play-along recordings.) Audition must arrive at the address below by June 15, 2018.

Please mail CD, DVDs to:

Bob Montgomery 1616 14th St. #5F Denver, CO 80202

A rhythm section plus a front line of 2 to 4 musicians will be chosen. All winners must plan on arriving in Telluride, Colorado by Monday, July 30, 2017 and returning home on Monday, August 6, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Bob Montgomery at or Josh Quinlan at