Masterclass Workshop

General information for 2020

From Saturday, 26 September till Saturday 03 October 2020 the 12th edition of the renowned „GENERATIONS - International Jazzfestival Frauenfeld“ will take place. The international jazz workshop, lasting several days, is one of the reasons why GENERATIONS has become an international insiders’ tip; a stage for many upcoming national and international jazz talents. In 2020 this international workshop will be again upgraded with some performance opportunities: all participating instrumentalists will have the chance to perform two big band concerts, one under the guidance of the world-famous British composer and multi-instrumentalist Django Bates , and one under the outstanding Australian trombone player and composer Adrian Mears. At the end of the festival and out of all participants a jury will select one main prize winner (studio recording award, including three studio days and more). Six main tutors will alternately coach during GENERATIONS. which the six tutors will alternately coach during generations.

Terms and Conditions

1. Age Limit: 28 year (born after 01 Januar 1992)

2. The GENERATIONS workshop will start already on Friday, 25 September and lasts till Saturday, 03 October 2020. The final concert of the workshop will be performed on 03 October at 19:00 in the Stadtcasino Frauenfeld.

3. Application deadline: Monday, 15 June 2020. Please apply exclusively via our application form on this website uploading your sound files. Further video links can be sent by email to:

4. Application period opens on Monday, 06 April 2020.

5. The number of instrumental participants is limited to 25 musicians. For the vocal-program we are additionally looking for six to eight singers (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone/bass).

6. Participants will be selected and invited by a jury; there is no fee for active participation in the GENERATIONS workshop (free accommodation, breakfast and lunch are as well included). Participants have to take care of their travel expenses. 

 7. All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection on Monday, 29 June 2020.

8. A jury (including all six tutors and the artistic director of GENERATIONS), will choose - out of all workshop participants - a winner for the main prize award: a complete studio recording (3 days) and more support.

9. The following tutors will work with the participants during the workshop: Django Bates, Josefine Lindstrand, Marius Neset, Adrian Mears, Petter Eldh, as well as Jim Hart. Django Bates will lead one big band concert presenting his own music and also coach the young composers. Adrian Mears will conduct the second big band concert presenting five world premieres by five young composers.

10. Jam sessions will take place from Saturday, 26 September till Thursday, 01 October starting at 23:15 in one of the clubs. The sessions are an important part of the GENERATIONS workshop, because especially here tutors can really get to know the participants musically.

Please get in touch with me for further questions or information. Looking forward to it!

Dominik Deuber
Artistic Director

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Instrument, with which I want to participate in the GENERATIONS Workshop *

Doubling instruments for reeds

Estimation of my own abilities
(from 6 = advanced until 1 = beginner)
Bass Clarinet
Alto Flute
Soprano Sax
Estimation of my own abilities
(from 6 = advanced until 1 = beginner)
Mastery of the instrument *
Knowledge of the theoretical bases (harmonies) *
Knowledge of the functional harmony in Jazz *
Knowledge of Standards from the „Great American Songbook“ *
Knowledge of „new“ Standards (compositions of famous jazz musicians) *
Improvisation (in general) *
Improvisation in the field of functional harmony ("straight-ahead") *
Music reading (with opportunity to practice) *
Sight-reading (without opportunity to practice) *
Stage experience *
Experience in playing with Big Bands *

How did you become aware of GENERATIONS? *

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Requirements and target groupPostgraduates, alumni of University Jazz programs, but also young talents who like to improve. Style: Contemporary Jazz. Requirements: profound knowledge of jazz repertoire, from the "Great American Songbook" to contemporary jazz artists such as Django Bates, Marius Neset, The Bad Plus, Steve Coleman, Avashai Cohen, Marc Ducret, etc. General playing experience embracing all jazz styles, improvisation, and beyond.

Age limit 28 years of ageApplications can be made by all who are born after Jan 01, 1992 (28 years of age; exceptions may be granted by the artistic director).


From Monday, 06 April 2020 only through the application form on this website including your sound samples (audio file uplodad directly during your application). Recordings should be with a recent group including the following style:

- a jazz/swing standard (jazz tradition)
- a straight eights tune (contemporary jazz)

Additional repertoire:

In addition every applicant should record a medium or up-tempo blues accompanied by a metronome only (head and 3 choruses of solo).

Drummers should record “Billie’s Bounce” (head as melody and 3 choruses of solo).

Singer should record "Giant Steps" (head as melody and 1 chorus solo). Singers should be good readers and able to find their pitch within sometimes dense harmony.

All popular audio files as MP3, AAC (m4a), wav and aiff are accepted. A jury will choose the 25 participants after 26 June 2020. All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection starting on Monday, 29 Juni 2020. The Application deadline is 15 June 2020! 

Free accommodation

Private accommodation with guest families free of charge. Participants will be informed about the details through our festival office Ms. Pascale Ineichen (pascale.ineichen[at] prior to arrival. Hotel rooms liable to pay costs can be booked over Tourist Services of the town of Frauenfeld, Bahnhofstrasse 75, CH-8500 Frauenfeld; phone number +41 52 721 31 28; fax +41 52 722 10 64; e-mail

For further information please contact the artistic director Dominik Deuber: d.deuber[at] 




"Sorry to ask: where will the Workshops take place?"
"Neubau der Kantonsschule Frauenfeld. Just click here!"

"And when do we meet on Friday, 25 September"
"The official start of the first rehearsals is at 2:00 p.m. The festival office in the new building of the Kantonsschule Frauenfeld is open for check-in from 10:00 a.m."

"I will arrive on Thursday, 24 September very late at night. How do I find my private accommodation?"
"Please check independently with your host family and our festival office and find an agreement."

"How do I get from the train station SBB Frauenfeld to the new Kantonschule building on foot?"
"Here you go! 9 minutes walking distance..."

"At the moment, I’m planning my return trip; which day should I choose?"
"You can leave on Saturday, October 3rd after the concert (latest around 9:30 p.m.) or on Sunday, October 4th, if your host family agrees"

"I am a guitarist / bass player and am arriving by train. For this reason, I can’t bring along an amplifier. Would you have one you might be willing to let me use?"
"We can, yes. Ideally, however, the participants bring their own amplifiers, thanks!"

"Evenings, I would like to go to various clubs as well as concerts. Do I need a special registration for this?"

"No – just wear your (personal) badge visibly. There will be an adequate number unreserved seats available for you."

"I would like to receive a private lesson from one of the instructors. Is this possible?"
"The Workshop is a band workshop – officially there will be no private lessons! If a tutor is willing to do this, then that’s between the two of you."

"I have a large instrument (vibraphone, double bass, amplifier etc.). Can I leave it the whole time in one of the instruction rooms?"
"No. The tutors have their own different rooms and the participants switch among them. But the rooms are all more or less close to each other."  

"After the afternoon workshop, I would like to get some more practice. Are there rooms for this purpose?"
"The new building of the Kantonssschule will be be open for our use daily until 6 pm. Anyone who would like to practice can do so during this time period. However, there are only a couple of rooms with pianos. Otherwise, we can also open up a normal classroom for you."

"Can I leave my instrument at the school (Kantonsschule)?"
"Yes! We have a special room which we will lock up independently of the rest of the building. But, it is absolutely essential for the wind players to take along their instruments for jam sessions!"

"For how long will lunch be offered?"
"Up to and including Saturday."

"What does it include?"
"Various main courses in the form of buffets, salads, deserts, mineral water at the tables and coffee."

"There is no dinner?"
"No, you’ll have to make your own arrangements for the evenings. But there is a huge grocery department at the COOP Schlosspark where you can shop relatively cheaply."

"I would really like to watch a sound check or practice session by one of the bands that will be performing. Is that possible?"
"Sure. In fact, you’d be very welcome. Just be sure to always wear your badge visibly. It identifies you as workshop participants."

"How do I get from performance venue to performance venue?"
"All clubs and concert locations are can easily be reached within minutes (and some within seconds!). The Piano Bar and Schlosskeller, the jazz clubs Dreiegg and Terrasse are located very near to each other in the old town. Only the Eisenwerk is about a ten-minute walk."

"Is there an Internet access point anywhere?"
"Sure! There is a room directly next to the festival office with ca. 30 terminals completely at your disposal."

"How much cash should I bring to Switzerland, or can I withdraw money at ATM’s with a foreign bank card?"
"In Switzerland, it is now possible to withdraw money at any ATM (Maestro or EC-card). Withdrawal using a Visa card is not advisable, because much higher fees are charged!"

"I’ve heard that Switzerland has its own type of electrical sockets. Is that true? But are they at least 220 Volts?"
"Yes of course, Switzerland uses 220V/50Hz, but instead of  schuko or contour plugs as in Austria and Germany, type-J plugs are used here. All two-poled euro-plugs like battery chargers for cell phones fit perfectly into the three-poled Swiss electrical sockets. So anyone who wants to bring a larger device, or her own amplifier, will need one of these adapters, which can of course also be bought here (but naturally not on Sunday, the first day of the workshop!)."

"What are the weather conditions likely to be at the beginning of October in Frauenfeld and northwestern Switzerland?"
"The generations always takes place directly after the Oktoberfest in Munich and for this reason, we have "golden October days" every time, where one can even enjoy eating lunch on the terrace! Evenings are, however, already uncomfortably cool and one must always reckon with rainy days. So be sure to pack warm sweaters, good shoes and raincoats."

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