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 2018/19 are welcome in September 2017.
Becca Stevens and Lionel Loueke
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
— The Focusyear Auditions will be held on February 23 – 25, 2018.
— 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 December 31, 2017.
— Please chose two tracks from your personal Jazz repertoire. A recording should be chosen which showcases your quality as a performer and soloist (improvisation).
— Please send a link so we can listen to your music without having to download it. Either via Soundcloud (in "private" mode), via Youtube ("not listed" mode) or via Dropbox.
— 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.
— 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
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