Dear Jazz Education Colleagues,
I'm writing to officially invite you to the 2015 MTSU Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 21st. We are very excited about offering a quality educational experience to the students of the middle Tennessee area.
We now offer a unique approach to jazz education, one that is dedicated to offering both junior high and high school students an individual focus on the jazz style and the art of jazz improvisation. With 2 sessions geared toward improvisation and inclusion of the students on a late afternoon concert directed by a jazz faculty member, it will be of great value to area students interested in furthering their mastery of the jazz style. A master class with one of our jazz faculty members will also be a feature of the day's activities. The beauty of this format is that your whole ensemble need not attend, but are in fact welcome at the same time. Also, be aware of our vocal jazz component, with a performance by the MTSU Singers, led by Ashley Kimbrough. Please alert all of your choral education colleagues!! While the cost for individual students for the day is $20, the group/ensemble rate is $200. Online registration may be found at http://www.mtsu.edu/music/jazzfestregistrationform.php
Our guest artist, jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe, is one of the true trend-setters in
contemporary jazz. He will present a jazz style clinic at 2:30 and be featured on
the 7:30 p.m. concert with MTSU Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Faculty Members.
The following is the event schedule:
8:30 Registration/check in/welcome in Hinton Hall
9:00 - 10:15 Jazz Style and Improvisation session #1
10:30 - 11:30 Instrumental Clinic Breakout session
12:00 - 1:15 Pizza lunch with Jazz Ensemble II and special guest
1:30 - 2:20 Improvisation session #2
2:30 - 3:20 Bill Cunliffe clinic
4:30 – 5:30 Student participant concert
7:30 - Concert, MTSU Faculty and Jazz Ensemble I with Special Bill Cunliffe
I looking forward to seeing you at the festival!
Director of Jazz Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
School of Music
615 898 2724