SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Jazz Intensive summer jazz camp!

Thank you for your interest. Applications are now closed.

Come participate in a creative and celebratory jazz education experience like no other. This unique and innovative 7-day jazz educational opportunity is open to all high school and undergraduate university aged students.

Under the guidance of highly skilled professional jazz educators/performers, the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Jazz Intensive music education jazz camp will explore jazz music in an engaging ‘hands on’ way that will include a public performance during the summer 2022 SaskTel Jazz Festival.

The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Intensive dates are July 2-8, 2022 (inclusive). This camp runs daily from 10 AM-4:00 PM. There are no jazz camp scheduled activities in the evenings.

The Jazz Intensive once again will offer an extensive and broad range of valued musical experiences and opportunities that includes:

  • Instruction in jazz history, jazz theory, jazz improvisation, jazz ensemble, jazz composition and arranging
  • Artist career development
  • Meeting like-minded peers from across western Canada eager to develop their own jazz-specific music skill sets and peer networks
  • Challenging opportunities for students of all music ability levels
  • Significant one on one instruction by our all Canadian faculty
  • Participants will receive a full Festival Pass; Jazz Intensive pass holders will be entitled to attend all 2022 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival events that are not sold out (10 minutes prior to show time). Passes must be presented in person with ID for admission to events. 19+ events also require photo ID for proof of age.

What makes this experience particularly exciting and unique is the opportunity for students to interact with touring musicians performing at the festival. In addition to our wonderful Jazz Intensive faculty there may be opportunities for selected touring musicians to drop by the Jazz Intensive to meet the participants and to hold a workshop for these students. For example a few years ago jazz/commercial drummer Steve Smith dropped by the Jazz Intensive to share some of his vast musical and professional insights with Jazz Intensive participants!

A Message from the Jazz Intensive Program Coordinator:

It is a pleasure to be again involved in the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Jazz Intensive music education project hosting this project within the University of Saskatchewan Department of Music. We have once again assembled an impressive list of all Canadian jazz educators/teachers who are at a variety of stages in their own career development. This faculty will again be working in close quarters with some of western Canada’s most promising up and coming jazz talent through this jazz camp. The 2022 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Jazz Intensive facilitates a special kind of experiential-based learning! A special thank you to the jazz festival and it’s partners the UofS and, the Saskatchewan Band Association, for their enthusiastic support of this important educational initiative!

RegistrantsPlease note that applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. As such we are highly encouraging you to consider apply sooner than later.

Every effort will be made to match student age and ability level to similar students to maximize learning and enjoyment for all participants.

All Instrumentalists (all instrument types) and all vocalists are welcome to apply!

SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Jazz Intensive Applications are now open!

All applicants to the program must submit an application. A participation fee of $125 applies for each musician accepted into the program. Students from outside Saskatoon are welcome to participate however all are responsible for their own transportation, accommodations and meals to/from the UofS campus which is where all Jazz Intensive activities are to take place. 

Payment methods for registration: Cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard or cheque (payable to Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Inc.). Note: Cheques will not be cashed until after the applicant has been informed they have been accepted.


Registration                                                 Applications open May 2, 2022

Application Deadline                                   Friday, June 24, 2022

Questions regarding Jazz Intensive educational content may be directed to Jazz Intensive Coordinator Dean McNeill at

Questions about registration may be directed to Jazz Festival Director Shannon Josdal

Jazz Intensive July 2022 Faculty Bios

Jon Ballantyne

For more than three decades, Saskatchewan-born, New York area-based jazz pianist, composer and educator Jon Ballantyne has performed to acclaim in solo, trio, quartet and big band concerts in the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, the UK, Ireland and Israel. Jon has released 12 albums under his own name and has garnered 2 Juno awards and 4 Juno award nominations. Ballantyne’s early interest in jazz eventually led to studies with highly influential musicians such as Dave Holland, Richie Beirach, Joanne Brackeen, Don Thompson, Lee Konitz, Cecil Taylor, Barry Harris, Ed Blackwell and Kenny Wheeler. Jon has performed and recorded with the artists Joe Henderson, Paul Bley, Woody Herman Thundering Herd, David Liebman, Dewey Redman, Roy Haynes, Billy Hart, Gene Perla, Seamus Blake and Ingrid Jensen, to name a few. Jon has been an instructor and conducted master classes at several institutes of higher learning, including McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal; University of Saskatchewan; Sibelius Academy, Helsinki; University of Toronto; New School, New York City, and the University of Colorado, Boulder; and University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

Mark DeJong

Mark DeJong is a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader and currently teaches at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. He holds degrees in saxophone performance from the University of Calgary, (BMus) and jazz performance from Rutgers University (MMus)

Active as a performer and clinician throughout North America, Mark has numerous recording credits and appearances at festivals across the country. He is the leader of Redline Trio, and was recently featured as a soloist with Sarah Slean and the Calgary Philharmonic, Laila Biali, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony, as well as with the Shuffle Demons in Panama and Cuba. He appeared as a feature artist at the World Expo in Shanghai China, as well as the  Blue Note (NY. Over the course of his career he has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Lenny Pickett, Kenny Wheeler, Brad Turner, Carol Welsman, Campbell Ryga, Ian Tyson, Wayne Newton, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Ralph Bowen, Sean Jones, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and many others.

Nick Fanner

Saskatoon-based musician and educator Nick Fanner has had a long spanning career in the arts and in music education, and was recognized with a Saskatchewan Band Association award. Nick spent 31 years teaching elementary and high school band for the Saskatoon Public School Division. He also has a passion for jazz, and launched the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra in February 2017.

Silas Freisen

Silas Friesen (MMus ’19, BMus ’17) is a Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, and educator from a musical family of eight. Active in many idioms, he has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Brass Project, Music on Main, Tommy Banks, Jim Brenan, Friesen Family Band, and the Caspian Ensemble, among others. When the pandemic shut down most of his musical projects last spring, he turned to online collaboration as a medium and outlet, forming the Silas Friesen Virtual Jazz Orchestra ( to record a trio of his pieces, as well as Cross Canada Brass ( In addition, Silas has become sought after as a digital performance consultant presenting workshops and producing videos for other groups, including work contracted through Austin Kruzcek of Jazz Lesson Videos.

Emmett Fortosky

Emmett Fortosky is a professional bassist and educator based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Emmett has received a Bachelor of Music (Mus. Ed) Honours, Bachelor of Education and a Jazz Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition, he spent time studying at Humber College in Toronto where he learned from prominent Canadian bassists Neil Swainson and Mike Downes. Priding himself on playing a variety of types of music, Emmett has performed with a selection of musicians from across many genres. Notably, he has performed with Caity Gyorgy, Vincent Belangér, The Amati String Quartet, The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (sharing the stage with Tanya Tagaq) and David Braid. Groups Emmett plays with regularly include Ellen Froese and The Hot Toddies, Minivandal, Rory Lynch, The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, The Prairie Roots Ensemble and Sons of Django while also leading his own project: The Emmett Fortosky Group. His passion for music is maintained both on and off the stage as he is also heavily involved in instructing music. In his role as a music educator, Emmett teaches elementary school Band, while also giving private lessons and clinics. Emmett recently implemented a pilot project called, “Jazz in the Schools” in Saskatoon to continue building the jazz scene.

Spencer Krips

Spencer Krips is a Canadian musician living in the prairies in Saskatchewan. Active in the classical, jazz, and music theatre scenes, Spencer draws inspiration from all aspects of his musical background in his compositions. Spencer studied Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he was actively involved with the U of S Jazz Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, and Greystones Singers. During his studies, Spencer performed with the Carn Davidson 9, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra. Currently, Spencer is an active member of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and the Saskatoon Brass Band, occasionally performs with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and is the hospitality coordinator for the Strata Festival of New Music. Spencer’s compositions have been performed across North America, including notable performances by the University of Toronto Hart House Jazz Ensemble and the Kansas State University Concert Band. On November 12, 2021, Spencer released an album, titled “behold, the sonic universe”, featuring Fraser Krips on percussion. The album explores the relationship between nature, performer, and listener. It is available for purchase and on all streaming platforms.

Dean McNeill

Canadian trumpet player/jazz composer Dean McNeill is grateful for the musical experiences he received early in life growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he performed in many school bands, dance bands, commercial bands, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and, in the Edmonton All City Jazz & Concert Bands.

Dean has been Professor of Brass & Jazz at the University of Saskatchewan for the past 25 years over which time he has performed and adjudicated extensively throughout Canada, and, where he has lead many of his own professional music ensembles (e.g. on multiple CD projects, CBC Radio broadcasts, classical recital tours, and jazz combo tours and gigs).

Dean is honored to have received teaching and performance-based awards including the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Special Recognition Award, Downbeat Magazine’s Student Arranger’s Award, University of Saskatchewan’s Student’s Union Teaching Excellence Award and Dept. of Music Dwayne Nelson Teaching Award. Dean is incredibly proud of his past students who have gone on to occupy positions in Canadian professional orchestras, jazz & commercial bands, and, who have established their own careers as professional music educators.

As a soloist Dean has performed with many student, university, and professional music ensembles such as the National Youth Band of Canada, the Western Canadian Music Awards (Classical & Jazz Showcase Concerts), Sweetwater Music Festival, and, at the University’s of Lethbridge, Alberta, Manitoba, Brandon, Washington, Auburn, SUNNY Potsdam, etc. Dean was featured as a performer on the Western Canadian Music Award’s award-winning CD O Music and on the WCMA-nominated CD Complete Rebirth of the Cool.

Mike Rudd

Mike Rudd is a JUNO award winning guitarist and songwriter. He is also a Music instructor at Sellkirk College in Nelson BC. As an instrumentalist Mike has played along side some of the greatest jazz musicians of the era like Peter Bernstein, Kenny Wheeler, Herb Ellis and Joey DeFrancesco. As a songwriter and arrange Mike won the 2014 JUNO Award for his album Notes on Montreal, a critically acclaimed musical portrait of the city. It was inspired by the great literature set in Montreal (e.g. Michelle Tremblay, Gabriel Roy etc.) and sung by Sienna Dahlen. Mike’s subsequent 2015 solo CD release Miniatures delighted audiences across Canada creating the fact of a small group with only his voice in his guitar. He has a masters degree from McGill and studied privately in New York City with one of the fathers of the modern jazz guitar Jim Hall. In 2007 Mike spent a year studying how the brain processes music laboratory of Dr. Daniel Levitin author of the New York Times best seller This is your brain on Music. Mike has taught at McGill, Western Washington and Carlton universities and speaks frequently at other music schools.

Fred Stride

Fred Stride has been an active professional musician in Vancouver, Canada for more than 40 years. A graduate of the UBC School of Music (1976), Fred also studied briefly in Los Angeles with Dick Grove at the Dick Grove Music Workshops. On his return to Vancouver Fred began his career in earnest, playing trumpet as well as arranging music for various projects and ensembles. His skills soon brought him in contact with many prominent Vancouver band leaders including Bob Hales and Dave Robbins. Fred also spent about 10 years working closely with Tommy Banks on various television and theatre projects in both BC and Alberta, including the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

As a trumpet player Fred performed a wide range of gigs including concerts and shows with local and visiting entertainers and recording for both radio and television. During his trumpet playing days Fred also worked with local ensembles led by Bob Hales, Tommy Banks, The Wildroot Orchestra, Dave Robbins, Ray Sikora, Hugh Fraser’s Veji, Gary Guthman, Allan Matheson, the Stride-Bjerring Band as well as many other Vancouver based groups. Fred also had the good fortune to play his horn on a few very memorable jazz concerts with visiting artists such as Louie Bellson, Kenny Wheeler, Ron Collier and Muhal Richard Abrams.

Despite Fred’s trumpet playing background it is his writing for which he has become best known. Equally at home arranging or composing, a few arranging highlights over the years have been: “The Music of Hoagy Carmichael” with singer Dee Daniels (CBC Radio), a pops show with the Winnipeg Symphony, the cd recording “Showboat” (CBC Records), “1936: A Year and its Music” (CBC Radio), “Jazzy Bassoons Theme” for CBCs Disc Drive, “The Jazz Composers Suite” for the Curio Ensemble, a Paul Anka TV series (working with Don Costa), symphony shows for singer Almeta Speaks and The New Orleans Connection, recording with Aerosmith, the musicals “Unforgettable: The Music Of Nat King Cole” and “The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz,” the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Orchestras, the Wildroot Orchestra and the 1984 Papal Visit to Vancouver.

Paul Suchan

Paul Suchan

Composer, performer, and educator Paul Suchan graduated with B.Mus/B.Mus Ed (2007) from the University of Saskatchewan and M.Mus in Composition (2012) from the Université de Montréal where he studied with composer Alan Belkin.  Mr. Suchan’s compositions have been performed across Canada, the United States and Europe by leading university ensembles, symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, community groups, choirs, small ensembles and others.

Ted Warren - Drums

Ted Warren is an active member of Canada’s jazz scene He teaches privately and is a well-regarded clinician and adjudicator. Ted fronts several bands, Ted’s Warren Commission, Broadview, and the recently formed Camera Pigeons . He was the drummer for the Boss Brass and can be heard on six of their recordings, including Velvet and Brass (with Mel Torme).

Ted has worked with many acclaimed performers, including Slide Hampton, Bob Newhart, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Healey, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Howard Johnson, Nick Brignola, Kenny Wheeler, and Gerry Bergonzi. Ted’s extensive touring has taken him to Poland, South Korea, Spain, Brazil, Iceland, and Japan. Ted was recently featured in a cover story in Drums Etc. magazine. and has also written articles for Modern DrummerDrum!Canadian Musician, and Percussive Notes.