Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Kimmel Center Creative Music Program for Jazz

The Kimmel Center Creative Music Program for Jazz is a free school year music program, intended for students between the ages of 11 and 20.

Now in its 5th season, this comprehensive program focuses on stimulating each studentís individual creativity, whilst simultaneously developing his/her musicianship skills by utilizing the framework of the jazz tradition.

Throughout each season students will explore the expansive field of creative music via original and legacy compositions, hands on exploration of the rich jazz tradition, master level tuition in the vital areas of musicianship, monthly celebrity master classes courtesy of our Meet the Masters series, weekly intensive ensemble rehearsals, and many performance opportunities.

Most importantly, the Creative Music Program provides an environment where the brightest young jazz talents of today are able to gain invaluable experience from some of the greatest and most revered working jazz musicians on the scene.

Creative Music Program for Jazz Curriculum
The Creative Music Program includes expert instruction for intermediate and advanced students in:
  • Theory
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm skills
  • Ear Training
  • Improvisation
  • Collective composition
  • Sight Reading
  • Ensemble interaction & performance
  • Jazz History

The curriculum provides for three varied levels of experience, with students being placed into one of three ensembles based on our unique musicianship evaluation process.

Creative Music Program for Jazz Faculty
Anthony Tidd, Director
> Faculty Bios

Registration & Audition Instructions
Acceptance into the Creative Music Program will be by audition only. We accept video auditions via YouTube link, or applicants may choose to attend one of our audition dates. Once accepted all students will undergo a full musicianship evaluation.

How to Submit an Audition Video:

  1. Download: Audition Instructional Materials [PDF]
  2. Record your audition videos
  3. Upload videos to YouTube or other online video share platform
  4. Fill out registration form (link below) and submit
  5. Be sure to include your video links on the form
How to Audition in Person:
  1. Fill out registration form (link below) and submit
  2. Indicate which in person audition date you would like to attend (Application must be received at least two weeks prior to chosen date).
  3. You will be assigned an audition group and time via email by education staff.
  4. Download audition materials, print and bring to your audition
> Register to audition for Creative Music Program for Jazz!

2015-2016 Creative Music Program Season Schedule
More Dates to Come

  • October 10: Creative Music Program Sessions begins
  • December 22: Creative Music Program's Winter Concert
  • January 9: Creative Music Program Winter Audition
  • January 16: Creative Music Program session begins
  • April 16: Red Ensemble's Friends and Family Concert
  • May 21: Blue Ensemble's Friend's and Family Concert
  • May 21: Jazz Camp 2016 Auditions
  • June 11: Creative Music Program's End of Season Concert

If you have questions or would like more information, email the Kimmel Center Education Department at

Kimmel Center Education programs are generously supported by:
Sponsors: ACE Group, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Health Partners Plans, Wells Fargo, Elliot-Lewis Corporation, Origlio Beverages, GlaxoSmithKline, Universal Health Services, Inc., Verizon Pennsylvania, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, PNC Foundation, Paul Tufano, David and Patricia Holveck, Merck & CO. Incorporated, Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program, Lomax Family Foundation, Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, and Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation.

Endowment: Citizenís Bank Foundation, Comcast Foundation, The Sidney Kimmel Foundation, Dr. Richard M. Klein, Lincoln Financial Foundation, McLean Contributionship, PNC Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Savitz, Sunoco Foundation, and Wells Fargo.