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Experience Jazz 2017 Auditions

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McNally Smith College of Music

19 Exchange Ave E

Saint Paul, MN 55101

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Experience Jazz

…an innovative ensemble experience, connecting students across communities & genres

“While rooted in jazz, this program will embrace the power and artistry of hip-hop, rhythm & blues and other genres students and instructors want to explore together. Our goal is to bring together students of various cultural and musical backgrounds in an innovative music-making environment.”

- Justin Christy, DFJE Board Chair


Who is this for?

  • Up to 25 middle and high school musicians with varying levels of experience
  • For student instrumentalists seeking musical mentorship and creative collaboration

What will students do?

  • Collaborate with other like-minded musicians in an ensemble setting
  • Learn repertoire and musical vocabulary from established professional musicians
  • Explore the spirit of jazz and other musical traditions, while directly influencing the material

How is it organized?

  • Auditions will help place participants in ensembles according to skill level and instrument
  • Three different ensembles will meet on Saturday afternoons, 1:30-3:30pm twice monthly at McNally Smith College of Music
  • Each ensemble will be led by a Artist Educator and Student Mentor
  • Each ensemble will prepare a repertoire, selected by their educators and mentors
  • Ensembles will give regular performances for their peers, and periodic public performances

What is required?

  • Students must provide their own instruments (in reasonable working order)
  • Students must have some experience playing their instrument; recommended instruments include: brass, woodwind, percussion, keyboard, and stringed instruments. Other instruments will be considered during auditions.

Cost

  • $125 for the year - full or partial scholarships will be made available upon request

Auditions for Experience Jazz will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 12:30-3:30pm at McNally Smith College of Music. All participants will be asked to commit for the duration of the Sept-May program. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 20.


For more info and questions, email info@dfje.org

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