2018-2019 Season


We are excited to announce the second season of hvJAZZ at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge. hvJAZZ  presented two ensembles in partnership with SUNY Ulster this past year. Students in the advanced Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra and the intermediate hvJAZZ Lab Band were able to produce a professional recording with Blues Hall of Fame musician - Professor Louie. This CD will be coming out in September of 2018. Students, alongside members of the SUNY Ulster Jazz Ensemble ,were able to perform with guest artist Jim Snidero as well as present a series of high quality performances throughout the year. 

The program will include:


The 2018-2019 season will feature a residency and performance with master Latin-Jazz drummer and composer Roland Vazquez. (NEA Jazz Performance Grant recipient. Performed on GRAMMY award winning album by Clare Fischer's salsa picante.)  

Students will also perform alongside great jazz pianist and composer, Steven Feifke, as we continue our collaboration with the Catskill Jazz Factory. The residency will conclude with a student performance at the Hudson Valley's best jazz club - The Falcon. 

“A masterful pianist with an acute sense of harmony, Feifke is a powerful presence whether soloing or comping.” — Ed Kopp, JAZZIZ Magazine

Participation in JAZZ at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington program. 

Weekly rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings at SUNY Ulster. The advanced group (Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra) will rehearse from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  The first rehearsal will be September, 11. .....The intermediate group (hvJAZZ Lab) will rehearse Tuesdays from 7:00 pm-8:15 PM. and will begin on September 25. 


the hvJAZZ ensembles


Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra -  tuition $225 per semester ($400 per year. $50 savings)

 Students grades 8-12 and at a NYSSMA level 5 or 6 proficiency. Some to a great deal of experience performing jazz. Willingness and interest to begin and develop improvisation. (Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums and Piano) This is the premiere jazz ensemble of hvJAZZ. Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at SUNY Ulster. First rehearsal: September 11 2018. 

hvJAZZ Lab  - tuition $175 per semester ($300 per year. $50 savings)

Students grade 6 and up and at a NYSSMA level 2 - 4 proficiency. No experience performing jazz necessary. Willingness to step out of musical comfort zone is necessary. Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 7;15 pm to 8:15 pm at SUNY Ulster. First rehearsal: September 25, 2018. 


hvJAZZ Youth Vocal Ensemble  

We are seeking students interested in performing in a vocal jazz ensemble. Students do not need to have any experience singing jazz. Due to the success of the summer 2018 program we would like to expand into the school year. Please contact us if interested. 

hvJAZZ Youth Studio Orchestra 

This intermediate-advanced level group is open to students who play; violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, french horns, tuba, guitar, piano, bass and drums. (Students should be proficient on a NYSSMA level 4 or higher.) No jazz experience necessary. This is a new ensemble and will not start in September. Please contact us if interested in the playing in the future. 


Please send us an email if you have questions about which track to select.


Students will:

  • work in both large and small ensembles with professional jazz performers and educators

  • perform in a culminating concert with professional guest artists

  • develop a further understanding of jazz vocabulary

  • continue to develop technical and musical skills

  • learn to use the ear as part of the music learning process

  • begin to improvise or develop improvisation

  • gain an introduction to jazz theory and history


Directors- Dan Shaut and Bob Shaut





hvJAZZ Summer

August 5-9, 2019

SUNY Ulster

Stone Ridge NY


Music Directors 


Dan Shaut 

Saxophonist Dan Shaut received his master’s degree in saxophone performance at the University of Maryland in 2003 and his bachelor’s in music education at Ithaca College in 2001. He has studied with Steve Mauk, Steve Brown, Chris Vadala and Dale Underwood.


He has been on faculty as the saxophone and jazz instructor at Ithaca College’s Summer Music Academy for the past six years. He has recently acted in the same position at the Music Institute of Sullivan and Ulster (MISU)’s summer program. He has been guest conductor of the Dutchess County All-county band, and the Tompkins County All-county band, and a guest clinician for the Orange County Music Educators Association.


Shaut reintroduced the Hudson Valley Youth Jazz program in 2013. See More



Bob Shaut 

Bob Shaut co-founded the Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra with Richard Wixom in the early 2000s. 


Bob has played professionally since being in high school. He has played saxophone, clarinet and flute in many shows in the Hudson Valley, and has performed several times with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Some of the acts that he has performed with include: Andy Williams, the Temptations, Frankie Valli, Jerry Vale, Connie Francis, Eddie Fischer, the Four Tops, Engelbert Humperdinck, Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman, Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin , and conducted for George Burns.
As a jazz artist, Bob has performed with many local musicians. Bands that he led are Mosaic, a 12 piece big band; a quintet that released an LP, “Shaut's Thoughts”; Sax Life, a sax quartet with rhythm section. Presently, Bob performs with Sax Life, CBC Trio, the Big Bang Big Band, and Shaut Swing Orchestra. See More

Previous Guests Artists


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Professor Vadala, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Maryland, is one of the country's foremost woodwind artists. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date. Vadala's performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet. He has performed on five gold and two platinum albums, and has received  two Grammys, two Emmys and one Golden Globe. He has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaugh, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. He is a member of the award winning Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Terell Stafford - Guest Artist 2016




Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player. He combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.  
Since the mid-1990’s, Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. Stafford, with the HamiltonClayton Jazz Orchestra, performed on Diana Krall’s GRAMMY nominated "From this Moment On" (2006). As a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Stafford was awarded a GRAMMY in 2009. Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums. His latest recording, "This Side of Strayhorn" has been hailed as “the first must have album of 2011” and “genius”.   


Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades

Melissa Garner - Guest Artist 2017

Emerging jazz trombonist Melissa Gardiner has been described by Curtis Fuller as technically creative and emotionally powerful. Her improvisation is inspiring and motivating for the listener, and she draws you in with a raw expression that directly relates to life experience.

Gardiner is the jazz trombone instructor at Cornell and Syracuse University. As a bandleader, she performs regularly with her jazz organ trio, MG3, and has an album entitled Transitions. 

Most notably, she has shared the stage with several legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, Gerald Wilson, and Patti Austin.

Embodying the concept of artist as citizen, Gardiner aims to re-connect jazz music to the community, and create an environment of mentorship where students and professionals can make music together.  In just one year of existence, Second Line Syracuse has built an impressive resume so far, working with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, gaining grant funding for community and educational events, and winning the 2015 Syracuse New Times award for Best Jazz Band.


Gardiner received her master’s degree in jazz performance at The Juilliard School where she studied with Steve Turre. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree at The University of Michigan where she studied with Dennis Wilson(jazz) and David Jackson(classical). Former teachers also include Bill Harris, Curtis Fuller and Wycliffe Gordon.