Telluride Jazz Festival - Student Music Education

The Telluride Jazz Festival and its programs represent music education of the highest order. World class Jazz musicians bring their talent, skills, and knowledge to our community, sharing them all on the Town Park Main Stage, "Society Stage" at Elks Park, Jazz After Dark historic venues, Telluride School District and other regional education institutions. Jazz music, as America’s unique art form, is at the heart of our programming, and we are always looking for new ways to reach and grow our audience with ticketed and free performances.

The Telluride Jazz Festival is supported by contributors and sponsors like Raynier Institute and Foundation, Dworbell Inc., The Telluride Foundation, The Telluride Council for Community Assistance, Arts and Special Events (CCAASE) that make the following programs happen.


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.


Telluride Jazz Adventure Academy

The Telluride Jazz Festival has teamed up with Caleb Chapman's Soundhouse and Telluride Academy to offer a week-long music education and outdoor adventure academy for students leading up to the festival. The new Telluride Jazz Adventure Academy will give students the opportunity to learn new music skills, collaborate with peers, perform on stage during the Festival and experience outdoor adventure in the beautiful San Juan Mountains.


At the Telluride Jazz Adventure Academy students will have the chance to take their music skills to the next level with world renowned music-educator Caleb Chapman and his team at Caleb Chapman's Soundhouse. Students will spend their mornings with Chapman and his team studying jazz improv theory and articulation, followed by a group ensemble rehearsal and then a look at music history. Over his 20+ year career as a music educator Chapman has received a staggering amount awards of, including 45 DownBeat Magazine Awards, 25 Best of State Medals in his home state of Utah and more. He has helped his students earn well-over $1,000,000 in scholarships and many have gone on to become professional musicians.

More than just music, the Chapman’s Soundhouse program teaches students skills that are applicable to any career path they choose. At the close of the Academy students will be able to show off their skills on the Telluride Jazz Festival’s "Society Stage" at Elks Park and at other venues around town. The learning doesn't stop there, as Academy students are also invited to enjoy world-class music, artist workshops and more at the festival all weekend long.


The Telluride Jazz Adventure Academy will also treat attending students to world-class adventure in the towering San Juan Mountains. Since 1980, the The Telluride Academy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has offered kids and teens the opportunity to enjoy physical activity, creative learning, environmental stewardship, responsibility to others and positive life choices though through experiential education in Telluride’s vast mountain landscape. The Telluride Academy hosts 120 programs a summer.

After the camp's morning music sessions are over, Academy students will head out the door for adventure including hiking, high-alpine lake paddle boarding, rock-climbing, rope and knot tying lessons, nature lessons and more. All of these adventures will be guided by top-notch field staff along with local naturalists. For students these adventures can be fun and challenging yielding a confidence boost that lasts a lifetime.

The Jazz Adventure Academy starts July 30 and runs until August 3 with performances at the Telluride Jazz Festival lasting until August 6. Course registration costs $790 per student and participants must be ages 12 and older. Registration includes course instruction, daily field trips and a 3-Day Festival pass for the weekend.  Registration does not include lodging.


High School and College Bands and Ensembles are invited to participate in the Telluride Jazz Festival. This program offers students travel subsidies, food, lodging, general and backstage admission to the Town Park so they may have the opportunity to interact with jazz legends and experience the production side of the event.

To make a donation to the telluride society for jazz, please Click the button or mail a check to the address below:

Telluride Society For Jazz
P.O. Box 2966
Telluride, CO 81435