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We are excited to announce the third season of hvJAZZ at Suny Ulster. We are making a few changes that will propel the program further and allow for more participation. This season we are expanding to three ensembles.


The Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra will be focused on establishing one of the best youth jazz programs in upstate NY. The hvJAZZ/Suny Ulster Jazz Ensemble will give students the opportunity to learn the great big band repertoire. The hvJAZZ Lab will give students the opportunity to develop jazz skills including improvisation. 

Please email us if you any questions including which track would be appropriate. 

Keep Swinging,

Dan Shaut & Bob Shaut

Previous Guests Artists

Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra

2nd & 4th Sundays

3:00 - 6:30 pm

 Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra (HVYJO) is the premier ensemble of hvJAZZ and is only open to High School students. This is an honor ensemble that will perform and compete at a very high level.  This regional band will allow the top high school jazz musicians to have a regular opportunity to work alongside each other as well as work with top-tier guest artists.

Must be a level 5 or 6 NYSSMA jazz player. (Though you do not need to participate in NYSSMA) Students will be invited based on previous experiences or audition. 

All students in HVYJO may also participate in the hvJAZZ/Suny Ulster Jazz Ensemble for no extra charge. This is a great opportunity to learn even more repertoire. 

We still have several openings; trombone and possibly trumpet or tenor sax. Please contact us ASAP if interested. 

We are also looking for to develop our alternate list for all instruments. Alternates will learn all music, participate in rehearsals, master-classes and perform as needed. This is a great opportunity to prepare to be in the ensemble in the future. Please email us for more details. 

tuition $225 per semester or $400 per year ($50 savings for full year payment)  

Alternates are only $75 for the entire season. 

Click here for schedule. 

hvJAZZ/Suny Ulster Jazz Ensemble


5:30 - 6:50 pm

SUNY Ulster

This ensemble consists of high school musicians (grades 8-12), Suny Ulster students and community members. This ensemble will focus on playing the great big band repertoire including music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones and more. 

This is a great experience for students to learn a lot of great literature and develop jazz skills including swing feel and jazz improvisation. This ensemble will also get to work with guest artists and perform in great venues. This group continues through the summer. 

 tuition $200 per semester  or $350 per year ($50 savings for full year payment)

Click her for schedule. 

hvJAZZ Lab


7:00- 8:15 pm

SUNY Ulster

This introductory ensemble is for 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. 

tuition $175 per semester or $300 per year ($50 savings for full year payment)

hvJAZZ Studio Orchestra

Summers only

This intermediate-advanced group is open to students who play; violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, tuba, guitar, piano, bass, drums and percussion. Students should be proficient on a NYSSMA level 4 or higher.) No jazz experience necessary.


Currently this is available only during the summer. Please let us know if you are interested in a school year program as well.  

hvJAZZ Vocal Ensemble

Summers Only

We are seeking students interested in performing in a vocal jazz ensemble. Students do not need to have any experience singing jazz. 

This is currently a summer only program. Please contact if you would be interested in a school year program as well. 

hvJAZZ students will

work in both large and small ensembles alongside professional jazz performers & educators

perform in a culminating concert with professional guest artists

develop a further understanding of jazz vocabulary while developing technical and musical skills

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

develop improvisation through an understanding of jazz history and theory




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