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Summer Jazz Program - JULY 17-21, 2017

Rosendale Theatre



Student Performance featuring guest artist -Melissa Gardiner 



Friday, July 21 at the Rosendale Theatre


The Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra (HVYJO) will  present a week-long summer jazz emersion program for students interested in performing and learning about jazz. All activites will be held in the Rosendale Theatre in beautiful Rosendale, NY.


Students will study with some of the top jazz musicians in the Hudson Valley and NYC area during rehearsals, master-classes, sectionals and performances. The week culminates with a performance featuring our special guest artist on Friday, July 21 at the Rosendale Theatre.


NEW!! This year we will be adding two new ensembles!

We are excited to welcome master educator and musician Harvey Boyer our guest director for the new Hudson Valley Youth Vocal Jazz Ensemble. This ensemble is open to experienced singers in at least grade 8. All vocal types needed. You do not need to have jazz experience for this ensemble. 


We are also excited to introduce the Hudson Valley Youth Jazz  Woodwind Ensemble.  This highly unique ensemble from the mind of Bob Shaut will feature arrangments specifically designed to allow instruments not typically .included in a jazz band to experice playing jazz. This open to students who play; flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, french horns, tuba, guitar, piano, bass and drums. 


Jazz Orchestra Track 9 AM - 1:30 PM - tuition $225 (Save $25 if you register before May 15)

 Students 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) 


Vocal Jazz Ensemble Track 9 AM - 1:30 PM - tuition $225 (Save $25 if you register before May 15)

This ensemble is open to experienced singers in at grades 8-12. All vocal types needed. You do not need to have jazz experience for this ensemble. 


Jazz Lab Track 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM - tuition $150 (save $25 if you register before May 15)

Students at a NYSSMA level 2 - 4 proficiency. No experience performing jazz necessary. Willingness to step out of musical comfort zone is necessary.


Woodwind Jazz Orchestra Track 3;00 PM - 4:50 PM tuition $150 (save $25 if you register before May 15)

This open to students who play; 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. 


Full Day Track 9:00 AM- 5 PM - tuition $325 (save $25 if you register before May 15) 

Students interested in performing in the Woodwind Jazz Ensemble and either the Vocal Jazz Ensemble or Advanced Jazz Orchestra may register for both. This tuition also includes jazz arranging. 


Jazz Arranging 101 with Scott Arcangel 1:35 PM-2:-50PM- additional tuition of $100 (save $25 if you register before May 15)

Students need not have any arranging experience. Students should be a profecient instrumentalist and have strong understanding of  basic  music theory This is designed for advanced high school and college students.


Jazz Arranging  Pre101 with Scott Arcangel 12:15 PM-1:30 PM- additional tuition of $100 (save $25 if you register before May 15)


Students need not have any arranging experience. Students will get a behind the scenes look atwhat goes into arranging a jazz piece. See how musical decisions can shape the direction. This section is designed for middle school or high school students


NEW! Private lesson with a Clinician Time and date TBD - additional $30 for 1/2hour lesson if registered for HVYJO



Please email Dan Shaut 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





* Save $$$ if you register

before May 15.

Guest Artist

Melissa Gardiner, trombone

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.

Music Directors 


Dan Shaut (HVYJO)

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


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Bob Shaut (HVYJO and Woodwind Jazz Ensemble)

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

Harvey Boyer (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)

Harvey R. Boyer received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Ithaca

College School of Music. At Ithaca, he majored in voice with a concentration in music education, and studied with Angus Godwin. He performed and toured with the Ithaca College Choir, under the direction of Lawrence Doebler, and the Vocal Jazz ensemble under the direction of Dave and Nancy Riley. For the past 20 years, he has been a Band and Choral Director at the Onteora Central School District.


Over his career, Mr. Boyer has been selected as guest conductor and clinician in Chenango, Dutchess, Greene, Sullivan, and Ulster All-County Festivals. His jazz ensembles have received multiple Gold, and Gold with Distinction ratings at NYSSMA Majors Festivals. Recently, his Jazz Ensembles have been featured in radio performances for WKZE 98.1 and WDST 100.1.  They have also been featured at the Bearsville Theater.  


Currently, Mr. Boyer is Director of Education for the Phoenicia Festival of The Voice.  He is also an assistant director/soloist of the choral ensemble Ars Choralis. Mr. Boyer is an avid performer, and has been the featured guest tenor soloist with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra performing Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum." Additionally, Mr. Boyer enjoys performing with the ensembles Blue Gardenia, The Will Smith Trio, and D-Squared Blues Band. In all of these ensembles, Mr. Boyer Is lead singer and pianist.

Guest Clinicians

(may vary depending on enrollment)

Tristen Napoli (trumpet)

NYC trumpeter and Kingston High School alumni, Tristen Napoli, has toured the US with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, performed at the Carnegie Club in NYC, and recorded a debut album with a quintet of jazz luminaries. He was selected for the All American Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at major jazz clubs in NYC including; Birdland, Smoke Jazz Club and Smalls Jazz Club.

Jeff "Siege" Siegel (drums)

"Siege" is a veteran of the NY jazz scene and has worked with a virtual "who's who" of artists. A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-99, Siegel's diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with legends such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Sheila Jordan and many more. He has also performed with many in the next generation of jazz musicians including; Dave Douglas, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Arturo O"Farrill, Steve Turre and John Esposito. As an educator Siegel teaches at The New School in NYC, SUNY New Paltz and Western Connecticut State University. He is an endorser for Vic Firth Drumsticks.

Matt Finck (guitar)

Over the past 15 years Finck has performed with such fine artists as Steve Wilson, Dennis Mackrel, Randy Brecker, John Medeski, and Roswell Rudd. Finck currently teaches guitar at the College of St. Rose in Albany and recently received his Master's Degree in Music from SUNY Purchase. Finck recently released with Jonathan Ball a critically acclaimed album with legenedary musicians; Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum and Jay Anderson.

Scott Arcangel (jazz arranging and piano)

Based in New York, pianist, composer & arranger Scott Arcangel's music is published through Maxwell Tree Music and UNC Jazz Press, and is performed regularly by big bands, small groups, high school and collegiate jazz ensembles, as well as artists around the world. 

Scott has studied with the renowned jazz faculty at the University of North Texas, William Paterson University, and at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. He has studied piano with Dan Haerle, and composition and arranging with Bret Zvacek, Paris Rutherford and Michael Abene. He is the former Music Director and Arranger for The West Point Jazz Knights big band, producing several recordings, radio and television broadcasts, and hundreds of performances. 

His most recent arrangements have been for Claudio Roditi, Stefon Harris, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Seton Hall University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Syesha Mercado & The Sarasota Orchestra. Scott has extensive experience as a performer and educator, and has presented clinics on arranging, improvisation, and ensemble performance at colleges, festivals, and music conferences - including a recent presentation of The Art of the Intro at the Jazz Education Network's 2016 Conference.

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Previous Guests Artists

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

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