Musik Akademie Basel
Musik Akademie Basel



Focusyear is a one-year course for an internationally assembled ensemble of nine people, who will be coached in a regular cycle by acknowledged masters of the international Jazz scene.

The students selected for Focusyear receive a full scholarship covering tuition and the cost of living, in order to allow them to focus on music exclusively.

Over the course of the year, the ensemble creates concert programs and records an album, which will be produced in the school’s own recording studio. The band will perform regularly in the school’s Jazzcampus Club. A club tour is being organized for spring and a festival tour for the summer.

Applications for Focusyear 2017 are welcome in September 2016.



Focusyear Band

We are excited to introduce the first Focusyear Band.
Please meet a truly international ensemble:
Enrique Oliver, Danny Ziemann, Marton Juhasz, Sergio Wagner, Szymon Mika, Olga Konkova, Paco Andreo and Yumi Ito.


Becca Stevens and Lionel Loueke

We are delighted to add two wonderful musicians to our great group of coaches for the FocusYear:
Becca Stevens and Lionel Loueke

Both of them have created a distinctive sound that is welcomed all over the world by both audiences and musicians.


First Audition

The first audition for Focusyear was a blast. So many great musicians and open hearts. Making it very hard for the jury to select the band.

Thanks to all who participated and made it a great weekend!


Wolfgang Muthspiel about Focusyear

For Focusyear, up to nine extraordinarily talented musicians will be chosen.
Applications can be sent for the following instruments:
saxophone / trumpet / trombone / horn / flute / clarinet / piano / guitar (electric, acoustic) / bass / vibraphone / violin / cello / drums / percussion / vocals

Producers / Sound Engineers are also eligible to apply.


Application Process

— The Focusyear Auditions will be held on February 17 – 19, 2017. 

— Applicants should be aware that the Focusyear is a one-year engagement, September-July, which takes priority over other musical activities.

— Focusyear does not set a minimum or maximum age limit and admits students of any nationality. 

— Please be aware that we are looking for a level of musicianship that is comparable to master students or above. This program is also intended for professional musicians who want to refocus their own musical scene. 

— Deadline for Applications is January 15, 2017.   



— Please send an audio-CD or USB-stick containing at least two tracks from your  personal Jazz repertoire. A recording should be chosen which showcases your quality as a performer and soloist (improvisation). You can also use the online form for applying.  

— As a studio-quality recording is not necessary, live recordings of a rehearsal or a concert can be used. 

— Please add one recording of your own compositions. 

— Please clearly label your music (your name / song titles / composers / musicians).


Required written information

— Personal details (CV, musical biography)

— Cover letter/Motivation letter (why do you want to participate in Focusyear)

— Previous musical activities, list of musical works, link to artist website

For applying please use this form.


Producer / Sound Engineer

— The producer / soundengineer will be an integral part of the ensemble. Together with the band he/she develops the musical, aesthetical and aural identity of the band. Guided by his personal coach, He/She will record the band throughout the year and do the live sound at all concerts. 

— You will be able to work in great studios at the Jazzcampus and will receive specific coaching by an experienced master of the art. 

— Please send recordings of self-produced and self-recorded work. If you play one or more instruments, please also add an example of this. In the event that you have worked with film, please send a sample of this as well.

— Personal details (CV)

— Cover letter/Motivation letter (why do you want to participate in Focusyear)

— Previous musical activities, list of musical works, link to artist website

— List the software programs you are familiar with. High level Protools experience is expected.   

For applying please use this form.


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Artistic Director
Wolfgang Muthspiel

Office & Organization
Sarah Chaksad


Musik-Akademie Basel
Leonhardsstrasse 6
4009 Basel 

Barbara Frey Grafik

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