Music education and outdoor adventure pair for the ultimate summer camp.

The Telluride Jazz Festival 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.

Music Programing

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. 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+ years 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 Elks Park Stage 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.

Outdoor Adventure

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 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, hiking, 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 31 and runs until August 4 with performances at the Telluride Jazz Festival lasting until August 6. Course registration costs $630 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. For questions about the Telluride Jazz Adventure, click here.