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Summer 2020

hvJAZZ Summer Program

Monday, July 20 - Friday July 24

Final Concert July 24 @ 4:30 pm

SUNY Ulster

Stone Ridge

Summer Jazz Program 

Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24

9 AM - 3:30 PM

SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY



Student Performance



Friday, July 24 at Quimby Theatre, SUNY Ulster


4:30 PM


hvJAZZ, in partnership with SUNY Ulster, will  present a week-long summer jazz emersion program for students interested in performing and learning about jazz. All activites will be held at SUNY Ulster in beautiful Stone Ridge, 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 3x GRAMMY and ACADEMY Award Nominated musician - Conrad Herwig.


The program will run from 9 AM-3:30 PM. Students may sign up for an ensemble(s), masterclass, musicianship class and electives. 

Tuition $350 for the full day track. (save $25 if your register before May 20)

The Ensembles


Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra 

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, and Drums) 


hvJAZZ Vocal Ensemble 

This ensemble is open to experienced singers in grades 7-12. All vocal types needed. You do not need to have jazz experience for this ensemble. This group will be directed by original co-founder of Manhattan Transfer - Laurel Massé. 


hvJAZZ Lab 

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


hvJAZZ Studio Orchestra

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.  Open to students who play; violin, viola, cello, bass, 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. 


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


The Electives

The elective will be based on student interest. The final list will be made available closer to the summer program and may include:

  • Jazz Arranging

  • Rhythm & Percussion

  • Jazz Combo

  • Improvisation/Combo

  • Masterclasses

  • Jazz History

  • Jazz Piano

  • Bucket Drumming



information and sign-ups for the electives will be sent out prior to the start of the program



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 $25 if you register

before May 20.

Music Directors 


Anchor 1

Dan Shaut (HVYJO and hvJAZZ Lab)

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 (HVYJO and hvJAZZ Studio Orchestra)

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

Guest Clinicians

(may vary depending on enrollment)

Anchor 2

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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