Summer Evening Jazz

July 2 – July 21, 2018


Midwest Young Artists offers Evening Jazz Ensembles as a fun, high quality jazz experience with fellow young musicians throughout the Chicago area. The program is a great way for students to keep up their jazz studies throughout the summer, and it's perfect for students who are too busy during the day for a full-time summer music camp; you can work or go to summer school and still learn great repertoire and prepare to play concerts at various well-known venues!

Evening Jazz Ensembles meet at the historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL. The three weeks of rehearsal culminate in Final Performance at the MYA Conservatory Center.


Evening Jazz Ensembles meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the MYA Conservatory Center. *No rehearsal on Wednesday, July 4th.

Important 2017 Dates

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m., MYAC Center: Final Evening Jazz Performance


Quentin Coaxum, Director

Originally growing up just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, trumpeter, composer, arranger Quentin Coaxum has since completed his B.M. in Music Education from Northern Illinois University, and his M.M. in Jazz Studies from Northwestern University. During his time in Chicago, Quentin has maintained a busy schedule of teaching and performing throughout the midwest. In addition to teaching public school full time, Quentin has been working frequently as a performer. He has appeared with Jimmy Heath, Robin Eubanks, Montez Coleman, Victor Goines, Benny Golson, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Curtis Fuller, Lew Solof, Louis Bellson, and many more. In 2016 Quentin was a featured performer at the The Hyde Park Jazz Festival. In 2014 and 2015 Quentin was an artist in residence for the Chicago Jazz Institute’s NextGen Jazz Series.

During his graduate studies at Northwestern University, Quentin focused much of his research on jazz education reform, and pedagogy for the young jazz ensemble. Quentin is a unique and forward thinking educator and is very much looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.


MYA Conservatory’s Evening Jazz Ensembles are geared toward serious music students entering grades 6 through 12 as of Fall 2018 who want to continue their ensemble experience during the summer, but are too busy during the day to participate in a full-time music festival. MYAC Alumni are strongly encouraged to enroll in MYAC’s Evening Jazz Ensembles—free of charge!


Evening Jazz Ensembles, Student: $250

Evening Jazz Ensembles, MYA Alum: $0

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Click here to apply for Financial Aid for the Evening Jazz Ensembles. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by June 15, 2018. Tuition payments can be made here.

All summer deposits are non-refundable. Tuition payments are non-refundable unless a detailed medical Doctor’s note is submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of the workshop or camp; absolutely no refunds are issued after two weeks before the beginning of the camp.


Students wishing to attend Evening Jazz Ensembles must:

No audition is required. Placement will be made after the first rehearsal at the discretion of the Director. Space is limited and admission is conducted on a rolling basis. The suggested deadline for all materials is May 31, 2018.


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Allan Dennis at (847) 926-9898 or

We hope to see you at the 2018 Evening Jazz Ensembles!