Summer Jazz Composers Workshop

Summer Programs

Summer Jazz Composers Workshop

Rich Shemaria, Director

An intensive, 5-day workshop for intermediate and advanced level students, the course examines composition, arranging and orchestration techniques for jazz ensembles. Students will write their own compositions during the workshop that will be performed on the final day. Daily classes and lectures will be held by the NYU Jazz Studies Program composition faculty consisting of Alan Broadbent, Gil Goldstein, Alan Ferber and Rich Shemaria and special guest artist, saxophonist & composer Tom Scott. Private lessons with the faculty will be available by request.



Daily classes and lectures will be held by the NYU Jazz Studies Program composition faculty consisting of Alan Broadbent, Gil Goldstein, Alan Ferber, and Rich Shemaria and special guest artist, saxophonist & composer Tom Scott. Private lessons with the faculty will be available by request.

Rich Shemaria

Rich Shemaria, NYU Jazz Composer- in-Residence, has written music for Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Tom Scott, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Michael and Randy Brecker, Lenny Pickett, Teo Macero, The Airmen of Note, and a host of others. In the 1990s, he was director of the UMO Jazz Orchestra, the National Radio Big Band of Finland based in Helsinki, where he recorded two albums: The Prescription: The Music Of Lenny Pickett and Michael Brecker: Live In Helsinki 1995, both on Random Act Records. He has toured with Natalie Cole and conducted performances with Paquito de Rivera, Mercer Ellington, Steve Turre, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. His album 3:AM (Amosaya Records) features his own New York Big Band. He is also co-founder of the eclectic group Combo Nuvo.

Gil Goldstein

Gil Goldstein started playing accordion at age 5, eventually studying piano and cello. By l973 he began working with Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Martino, Billy Cobham, and Lee Konitz. In l981 Gil started performing with the Gil Evans Orchestra. With Gil Evans as his mentor, Prof. Goldstein began developing his own arranging craft, eventually writing for artists including Milton Nasciemento, Randy Brecker, Pat Metheny, Wallace Roney, David Sanborn, and Al Jarreau, and in 2003, winning a Grammy Award for his work with Michael Brecker. Currently he has an active schedule arranging and producing, in addition to performing, teaching, and film scoring.

Alan Broadbent

Two-time Grammy Award winning pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent is best best known for his work with artists such as Charlie Haden's Quartet West, Woody Herman, Chet Baker, Sheila Jordan, Natalie Cole, Warne Marsh, and Diane Krall, among others. Broadbent has been called "one of the greatest living jazz pianists" by the LA Times and "one of the most original improvisers in the world of jazz" by Charlie Haden.

Alan Ferber

Grammy-nominated trombonist-composer Alan Ferber has been called “one of the jazz world’s premier composers and arrangers for larger groups” by All About Jazz NY. Jazz Times magazine describes Ferber’s compositions as “inspired and meticulous” and the L.A. Weekly deems him “one of the premier modern jazz arrangers of our time.”

Ferber’s music draws from a broad stylistic base informed by the array of artists with whom he has closely worked. In the jazz world, he has performed and/or recorded with Best New Artist Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society, the Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet, the Ted Nash Big Band, Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon’s Identities Big Band, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, the Charlie Hunter Quintet, Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus, the David Binney/Edward Simon Group, the Lee Konitz Nonet, John Ellis’s Double Wide, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, and Don Byron’s Mickey Katz Project.

Tom Scott

As a "first-call" L.A. session musician since the 70s, saxophonist/composer Tom Scott has dozens of solo recordings for which he collected thirteen Grammy nominations (three of which he won). He also has numerous film and television scoring credits, including composing and conducting the score for the movie Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and appeared on records by such diverse artists as George Harrison, the Beach Boys, the Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney, Steppenwolf, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Blondie, Eddie Money, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Helen Reddy, Olivia Newton-John, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few. Scott was a founding member of the Blues Brothers Band, despite his absence from the two films. Scott's best-known works are the theme songs for TV series Starsky and Hutch and The Streets of San Francisco along with movies and his soprano sax solo and fills on the 1975 No. 1 hit single "Listen to What the Man Said" for Wings. In 1976 he played the theme "I Still Can't Sleep" in Taxi Driver.

Minimum age allowed in NYU on-campus housing for a MPAP Summer Program is 15 years old.

  • Housing is not required, students may commute and will not be charged for housing/meal plan. Residential students will be housed in Weinstein Hall.
  • Summer housing application instructions are provided to admitted students only.
Meal Plan
  • Students staying in housing are required to have a meal plan (automatically assigned to student accounts when assigned a room in a residence hall).
  • 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week (if desired, admitted students can increase meal plan)

Move In Date: June 24, 2018
Move Out Date: June 30, 2018

Cost and Fees
 US StudentsInternational Students
Application Fee (paid at the end of Acceptd application) $55 $55
Tuition Cost $840 $840
Housing and Meal Plan (if on-campus) $425 $425
Health Insurance Not Applicable $355 Comprehensive Plan

Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).

$150 Enrollment deposit:
  • Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. Payment instructions are provided within the initial acceptance email.
$500 Housing deposit:
  • If staying in on-campus housing, students are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a space in housing.
  • The housing deposit is a portion of the housing charges, and is NOT a separate or added fee.
  • The housing deposit is applied to any housing charges on your bill. Any excess balance remaining will be applied to tuition fees or refunded to the student.

Please note: Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit and Housing Deposit are not refundable.

Paying the remaining balance

After paying the deposit(s), students are responsible for paying the remaining balance prior to the start of the program. While the remaining tuition may be posted immediately after deposits are made, the remaining housing bills are not sent until 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Payment by credit card is not accepted by the Bursar's office to pay remaining balances, please contact the Bursars Office directly for questions about payment.

All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Read instructions on accessing the eSuites account.

For information, see the Summer Finances page.

All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).

Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.

Students interested in financial aid should complete and submit the Scholarship Application that is sent to you once you complete the application process.

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