Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School

Center for Performing and Fine Arts

211 Carter Dr., Suite C

West Chester, PA 19382

(610) 430-6525 ext. 1237

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Summer Jazz Factory is an extra-curricular program offering

supported by Pillars of CPFA, the parent support organization

for the Center for Performing and Fine Arts



Summer Jazz Factory will not be in session for 2019.  


The Art of Improvisation


At Summer Jazz Factory, we believe that every instrumental music student, regardless of their chosen instrument, can benefit from the study of jazz improvisation as soon as they can play an octave's worth of pitches with good tone. It begins with the blues and continues through be bop and beyond. Jazz Factory students focus on learning jazz standards and beginning or continuing their journey towards musical self-expression.

Coaching and Community


The very nature of jazz music is that it is a communication between musicians in real time. Summer Jazz Factory fosters this spirit of community in smaller jazz combos rather than a typical public school "big band" experience while being coached and mentored by our staff and guest clinicians. It's a small enough program that everyone gets to know each other, but big enough for all participants to benefit fully.

Composing and Arranging


High school students can optionally receive coaching for jazz composing and arranging. Students can work on transcribing, arranging, or writing original jazz charts in a 12-bar blues or 32-bar song format in varying styles. Advanced students score for combo and big band orchestrations. Some pieces may be included in our concert.

Summer 2019 Session and Concert Schedule


Summer Jazz Factory will not be in session for 2019. Here is a typical summer schedule

Session 1: Monday, June 24
Session 2: Wednesday, June 26
Session 3: Monday, July 1
Session 4: Wednesday, July 3
Session 5: Monday, July 8
Session 6: Wednesday, July 10

Concert at 5 PM, Reception at 7:30 PM

Session 7: Monday, July 15
Session 8: Wednesday, July 17
Typical Session Schedule

This year's Summer Jazz Factory  will offer separate sessions for Middle School (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12).

8:45 AM Arrival
9:00 Sectionals (rhythm, winds)
10:00 Break
10:15 Combo rehearsal
12:00 PM Dismissal
12:15 PM Arrival
12:30 Sectionals (rhythm, winds)
1:30 Break
1:45 Combo rehearsal
3:00 Dismissal
About PA Leadership Charter School

Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School is a public K-12 cyber charter school based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, serving over 2,500 students spread throughout the Commonwealth. Founded in 2004, PALCS has brought an alternative public education experience to thousands of Pennsylvania children and continues to be one of the top rated charter schools in Pennsylvania. The Center for Performing and Fine Arts is a program offering providing on-site and online pre-professional arts education for students in grades 6-12 in music, theater, dance, and fine arts. Students commute from all over southeast PA twice a week for a full school day immersion in the arts, completing their other academic coursework at home online. All students at CPFA must be fully-enrolled students in PALCS and must audition for admittance to the CPFA program.

About the CPFA Instrumental Music Program

CPFA's instrumental music curriculum includes band, strings, guitar, and piano instruction for grades 6-12. Instrumental musicians participate in large and small ensemble settings and receive music theory and composition as a regular part of the curriculum. Other courses available include Digital Music Composition, Honors Jazz Studies, and AP Music Theory. CPFA music students participate in PMEA Honors Festivals and Large Ensemble Music Performance Assessment Festivals. Graduates from the CPFA Instrumental Music program have received scholarships to such music schools as University of Miami's Frost School of Music, Berklee College of Music, University of the Arts, The New School, and the University of Michigan. The Instrumental Music program also offers the CPFA Jazz Mavericks, a by-audition extra-curricular jazz ensemble that performs 12 months of the year, participates locally in Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Festivals, and nationally in high school festivals, and recently at the NYC Jazz Festival at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City. Visit for more information.