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‘To enrich and enhance musicians’: There’s a Summer Jazz Workshop coming to Victoria this August


If you’ve been meaning to improve your musical capabilities, this may be the workshop for you!

The Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors (U-JAM) has organized their fifth annual multi-day Summer Jazz Workshop at Selkirk Montessori School for those hoping to hone their skills, touch up on technique, and grow more confident as a musician. 

From Monday, August 14th to Friday, August 18th, this workshop offers classes, concerts, and special events for participating instruments — including voice. 

“Anyone with at least two years of experience with any instrument can attend,” said Keelan Siemens, Co-Op Event Coordinator at U-JAM.

The workshop is described as an opportunity for students of all ages to make music together in small and large ensembles and improve their musical skills, including improvising and jamming with others.

Classes will be taught by their faculty of professional musicians and jazz educators including John Lee, Joe Hatherill, Kim Greenwood, Louis Rudner, Dave Flello, Ashley Wey, and many new faces as well!

Don’t miss out on this memorable and specialized program! 


Registration fees are $499 for the week and includes daily classes and masterclasses. 

Here is a breakdown of the daily schedule:

The day will start at 8:45 a.m. with workshops ranging from lessons on songwriting, jazz harmony, and improvisation, with time reserved for warm-up and the occasional jam session. 

After lunch, expect master classes from guest mentors, along with additional workshops and ensemble rehearsals. 

On select days of the week, you’ll be invited to enjoy evening concerts at Hermann’s Jazz Club from the camp faculty, along with student-led jam sessions to follow.

U-JAM’s Fifth Annual Summer Jazz Workshop

  • Where: Selkirk Montessori School, 2970 Jutland Road
  • When: Monday, August 14th to Friday, August 18th from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (plus evening activities)

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