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Experience hvJAZZ

We invite you to be part of the hvJAZZ experience. We have opportunities and ensembles for students of all ages (from 9-99) and ability levels. Join an ensembles, our summer program or just take some private lessons.


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Dan Shaut

Artistic Director

Artistic Director of Bridge Arts & Education and hvJAZZ

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Music Director

Music director and resident composer & arranger for the hvJAZZ projects. 

Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra (HVYJO)

Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra (HVYJO) is the premier ensemble of hvJAZZ and is only open to students in grades 8-12 or 18 years of age or younger. Students audition to participate in this ensemble.


HVYJO will perform and compete at a very high level.  This regional band will give the top youth musicians a regular opportunity to work alongside each other, as well as work with top-tier guest artists.

Students 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. 

hvJAZZ/SUNY Ulster Jazz Ensemble

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This ensemble consists of high school musicians (grades 8-12), Suny Ulster students and community members. This ensemble will focus on playing 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)


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This introductory level 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)

Summer Jazz Program

We are excited to announce that we will return to SUNY Ulster for our annual summer program. This year, in addition to hvJAZZ, we will  introduce hvSINGs. 

Save the Dates: 

Monday, July 21-Friday, July 25

SUNY Ulster 

491 Cottekill Rd

Stone Ridge, NY 12484