The Brubeck Jazz Summit is a one-week, intensive educational program in jazz performance for exceptionally talented students, ages 16–19, from throughout the United States and beyond to study with faculty, guest artists and master teachers as a living legacy of the music and international statesman Dave Brubeck.

With our partners at Classical Tahoe, Brubeck Living Legacy will bring the Brubeck family’s jazz vision to Lake Tahoe to promote awareness, interest and the understanding of jazz and its role in American and international culture.

The Brubeck Jazz Summit accepts online applications from highly motivated students who are ENTERING their sophomore, junior, or senior years in high school. Graduating seniors are also eligible to apply. International students between the ages of 16 and 19 years are also encouraged to apply.

Photo by Austin Kruczek: Dan Brubeck, drums and Sean Jones, trumpet jam with some of the student musicians. July 2022.

Brubeck Jazz Summit 2022

July 10 – 16, 2022
Sierra Nevada University
Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe, NV

A limited number of full-scholarships available.

The Brubeck Jazz Summit presenting consortium at Lake Tahoe includes:

Brubeck Living Legacy will bring the Brubeck name and the jazz summit vision to Lake Tahoe to promote awareness, interest and the understanding of jazz and its role in American and international culture.

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, this year’s Artistic Director for the 2022 Brubeck Jazz Summit, is delighted to perpetuate the values of Dave Brubeck by gathering elite faculty drawn from the jazz community’s highest profile artists for a week of intensive mentorship with a cast of talented young jazz musicians from around the world. Hailed as a “Sax Phenom” by the New York Daily News, Chad LB has toured globally as a bandleader, and with superstars ranging from Chris Botti to Taylor Swift. He has been a featured soloist with premiere ensembles like the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and he was formerly a prominent member of the multi GRAMMY winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Despite his demanding tour schedule, Chad continues to be a visiting artist at the renowned San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he gives monthly masterclasses during the scholastic year. Chad received his formal education in the arts at the Brubeck Institute, a prestigious fellowship program created by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. While studying at the institute, he performed regularly with Brubeck and was a member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.

Classical Tahoe will provide the marketing, financial, and production expertise, in addition to the performance Pavilion and box office capabilities for the Brubeck Jazz Summit. Classical Tahoe’s goals are to expand length, musical styles, and educational opportunities of the Classical Tahoe Festival and Music Institute.

Sierra Nevada University will be the home of the Brubeck Jazz Summit utilizing the beautiful campus, dorm rooms, cafeteria, and classrooms. Evening concerts and jazz jams will take place on the campus and around the community with 20 students and five faculty from the SFCM. The program will bring approximately $35-40,000 in summer rental revenue to the college. The number of students and dorm has the potential to grow year over year.

For more information regarding donation opportunities, please reach out to: