Brussels Jazz Orchestra Academy

Brussels Jazz Orchestra Academy

Brussels Jazz Orchestra Academy is an intensive five-day summer course for enthusiastic big-band and jazz musicians, and part of deSingel Antwerp’s Summer School. For 5 days, several musicians from Brussels Jazz Orchestra will coach a group of ambitious musicians in big-band and ensemble formations.

Are you a musician and passionate about big-band music or jazz? Would you like to experience for yourself how a big band or jazz ensemble functions, and how it sounds when coached by professionals? Want to work with others like yourself on subjects like ensemble playing, style, improvisation and phrasing? Then sign up for this intensive course and “learn from the masters”. Every day from 10 to 5 you’ll work with a coach who will share knowledge and skills gained in years of experience in BJO. The course will conclude with a performance.

The course is intended for musicians 18 and older who play at least at the Belgian 4th degree DKO (‘higher’ part-time instruction) of proficiency all the way to professionals. The audition results will be used to assign students to appropriate big-band and/or ensemble formation(s) according to their proficiency level.

Would you like a professional coaching of your big-band/ensemble skills during an intensive summer course? Then please send Brussels Jazz Orchestra your audition video, showing us where you are in reading and improvising.

Please note that there's a limited number of places.

Practical information         

Mon 12 - Fri 16 August 2019 | daily from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Final performance: Fri 16/08 at 4:00 p.m.

Location: deSingel, Antwerp

Participants aged 18 and up| Proficiency level: from 4th degree DKO (Belgian part-time instruction) to professional

Coaches: Frank Vaganée | Jeroen Van Malderen | Bart De Nolf

Fee €350/p.

Meals and accommodation not provided | Lunch available (€7)

Participation is definitive if candidate is selected after audition | Deadline for application 21/04/2019 


Yes, I would like to participate in the course and will audition

First fill out this online form. This will provide us with all the necessary information and your agreement that you will participate in the course if you are selected.

Next, make videos of yourself performing both assignments below and send them in before 21/04/2019. You’ll find all the necessary materials (parts and audio files to play along with) here.

  • The reading audition: play your part from the big-band composition Caught A Touch Of Your Love, with metronome on in the indicated tempo.
  • The improvisation audition: Choose 2 of the 3 songs we’ve made available (chord chart + iRealPro audio file), and improvise using the audio file as accompaniment.

Make videos of yourself performing these 2 assignments and give them the file names "Name_instrument_reading/improvisation audition" (for example, “Smith_flute_reading audition”).

Send the video files before 21/04/2019 via WeTransfer to Make sure you’ve already filled out the online registration form. The audition results will be announced by 1/05/2019.

This project is a part of:Summer School

Summer School - deSingel, Antwerp

Many visual and performing arts centres close their doors in the summer, but deSingel will throw its doors wide open! For the third time, the arts campus will host an intensive Summer School this summer, along with the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and several other external artistic partners. The programme offers short and long workshops, some crossing disciplines and some exploring one discipline in depth, from introductory to specialised, and with many performances open to the public. More info.