Program Information and Schedule

CULINARY ARTS – August 13-24, 2018

As Academy cook this summer, Kevin Mooney works with Junior and Senior Jazz students to present a daily luncheon, combining creativity with fine local ingredients together in a wonderful ensemble of learning and cooking experience.

JUNIOR AND SENIOR JAZZ  – August 13-17, 2018

Junior Jazz: 13-15 yrs                              Senior Jazz: 16-19 yrs

In our Junior/Senior jazz sessions, we combine roughly equal parts of “tutti” sessions — focusing on fundamental concepts expressed through group exercises, master classes, small ensemble playing and outdoor/physical activities. These sessions tend to be broad in scope musically, allowing the participants to explore their own creativity by incorporating elements of contemporary and world music into the jazz framework.

VOCAL JAZZ – August 20-24, 2018

The vocal session students get a chance to work for the whole week with the amazing Shannon Gunn. Shannon will be covering a wide range of topics, including: rhythmic and dynamic expressions, melodic re-invention, vocal technique and mic technique, repertoire development, putting together strong and varied programs and clear charts, and communicating with your band. Vocal students will also benefit greatly from having the opportunity to work with a professional pianist and rhythm section throughout the week. Both the adult jazz and vocal jazz participants will enjoy three lunches catered by talented culinary professionals from the local area and beyond.

ADULT JAZZ – August 20-24, 2018

The adult jazz sessions have traditionally been based on the model of coached ensembles. Repertoire is often chosen according to a theme (in the past we have had “Blue Note”, “Jazz Messengers”, “Cedar Walton” ensembles) and distributed to the musicians prior to arrival. Adult jazz applicants are welcome to identify if they would prefer a more relaxed “Real Book” type situation, working on standards, or step it up a notch working in more of a “hard-bop” type setting. Both the adult jazz and vocal participants will enjoy three lunches catered by talented culinary professionals from the local area and beyond.


Student fees are $750.00 (Canadian Dollars)  per student payable upon acceptance and registration into the Academy. Fees include all Academy sessions and activities, midday meals (see above), a PDAMCA t-shirt designed for the program and two tickets to the Student Concert. Students will also receive two guests passes to the Monet reVisited exhibit at the MAC.  Click here for the student application form.