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March 19, 2007

Berklee’s City Music Network Goes Nationwide
Berklee College of Music announces the City Music Network, a new partnership with community organizations to deliver high-quality contemporary music instruction to underserved youth across the U.S. In a dramatic expansion of the college’s Boston-based City Music program, Berklee will bring its real-time and Web-based music education to students nationwide, regardless of financial means or location. Students who complete the required coursework are qualified to audition for scholarships to Berklee’s Boston campus for five-week summer programs and undergraduate study. Over 200 students will be served when pilot projects begin in March, 2007 at the Experience Music Project in Seattle; A Place Called Home and Sound Art in Los Angeles; eSharp Music in Washington DC; and the Mount Airy Cultural Center in Philadelphia.

Apple Computer will serve as a key technology partner, providing server support and access to iTunes University. Berklee will also partner with members of NAMM, the International Music Products Association, to provide City Music Network students with musical instruments and equipment. Berklee alumni, trained and certified in Boston, will play a unique role as local mentors and teachers, providing instrumental, vocal, and ensemble instruction, and guiding students through the online materials.

Partner sites will plug into a virtual City Music Network, giving them instant access to Berklee’s online music resources. The curriculum, which teaches music theory, ear training, and performance, is based on a library of popular RB, rock, hip-hop, and jazz songs, six of which are being recorded by The Movement Orchestra – the touring ensemble for Christina Aguilera, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, and others. Webcasting and videoconferencing technologies will provide face-to-face interaction between City Music Network students at partner sites, as well as with faculty and students at Berklee’s Boston campus.

Berklee is investing $1 million in the program’s startup costs and plans to raise $10 million to support scholarships. It aims to expand the City Music Network to 50 partner sites over the next three to five years, with rapid continual growth afterwards. Berklee City Music provides underserved, inner-city middle- and high-school students from the Boston area after-school mentoring, Saturday schooling, summer study, and full-tuition scholarships to Berklee at no cost to them or their families. Since its inception in 1991, the program has taught more than 1,300 students and awarded over $5 million in student scholarships.

For more information, visit: www.berklee.edu.

MJF’s Next Generation Festival
The Monterey Jazz Festival’s third Annual Next Generation Festival, which includes MJF’s 37th Annual National High School Jazz Competition, will take place in historic downtown Monterey from March 23 – 25, 2007. The Competition is accepting applications from middle school, college, and high school big bands and from high school combos and vocal jazz ensembles through January 24, 2007. Application forms may be downloaded at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Web site, www.montereyjazzfestival.org. The application process is free.

The weekend-long event will include performances and competitions, with awards going to the best groups for College, High School and Middle School Big Band divisions; and for High School Combos and Vocal Ensembles. The event also includes a Composition Competition open to high school composers, with the winning piece to be debuted at the 50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Auditions will also be held for chairs in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which tours internationally and is a featured ensemble on the Festival’s Sunday afternoon Arena/Lyons Stage.

The Next Generation Festival is an expansion of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Annual National High School Jazz Competition, now in its 37th year. The High School Jazz Competition is open to superior rated big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles. The non-competitive middle school category is open to superior rated big bands. The Next Generation Festival is also open to all college level big bands.

Next Generation finalists are selected through recorded audition by faculty from the Berklee College of Music, and will include twelve big bands, six combos, and six vocal ensembles in the high school division. Six middle school big bands and six college level big bands will also be selected. In addition, special invited groups will also perform; over 40 groups from across the United States are expected to attend the Next Generation Festival. The top big bands, combo and vocal ensemble will win cash awards and be invited to perform at the 50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21-23, 2007.

In addition, The Big Band Composition Competition is open to high school student composers. Judged by faculty at USC’s Thornton School of Music, the winning composer will receive a cash award, and the honor of premiering the composition with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra on the Lyons Stage in the Arena before a crowd of 6,500 fans.

Interested schools and students should visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org for instructions on how to apply to the Next Generation Festival. Applications with an audition tape/CD should be mailed to: Next Generation Festival, c/o Dr. Rob Klevan, Jazz Education Director, 9699 Blue Larkspur Lane, Monterey, CA, 93940.

Featured during the weekend of music will be trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, who has been selected as the MJF’s Artist-In-Residence for 2007. Born in New Orleans, Terence was one of the fire-tempered “Young Lions” of the early 80s, and has been on the cutting edge of the resurgence of hard-bop and other modern jazz styles for his entire adult life. As MJF’s Artist-In-Residence, Blanchard will work year-round with young student musicians in performances, clinics, and one-on-one sessions at the Next Generation Festival and the MJF Summer Jazz Camp, in addition to performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival and at other MJF concerts and events throughout the year.

For more information, visit: www.montereyjazzfestival.org.

Hal Leonard Debuts New Music Ed. Sites
Hal Leonard Corporation recently unveiled BandMusicDirect.com and OrchestraMusicDirect.com at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference. These new sites will give concert band, marching band, jazz ensemble, and orchestra directors convenient online access-on-demand to the entire catalog of Hal Leonard and the publishers it represents in print.

Visitors to BandMusicDirect.com and OrchestraMusicDirect.com can search by ensemble type, grade level, composer and/or arranger to find the band and orchestra music they want. They can view the full score and parts, and hear a recorded demonstration. Directors can then purchase scores and parts, customize the instrumentation for their particular groups, and print at their convenience.

“BandMusicDirect.com and OrchestraMusicDirect.com provide instant access to our wide array of band and orchestra performance materials, at any level and for any performance group,” comments Paul Lavender, vice president of instrumental publications for Hal Leonard. “The sites will offer everything from music for contest and festival use – such as Rush, Sam Hazo’s latest work for Grade 5 concert band – to pop and lighter materials, to beginning band and orchestra pieces in our Essential Elements series. The sites make scores easy to find and view, and feature the same high-quality recordings used in our CD promotions, so previewing selections is an enjoyable experience. The sites will be especially useful for directors with special instrumentation needs. They can customize the set of parts for their particular group – and buy additional parts – easily and economically. This feature will also come in handy for directors who need additional scores for contest adjudication, or just to pick up replacement parts.”

For more information, visit: www.halleonard.com.

Kohl Gift Benefits Oberlin Jazz Program
Oberlin College president Nancy Dye has announced that Cleveland businessman Stewart Kohl and his wife, Donna, recently committed to facilitate the funding of a $5 million gift to the College. Stewart, a 1977 graduate of Oberlin, is a managing partner of The Riverside Company. Believed to be the largest gift ever given specifically for the support of jazz education at a college in the United States, it will enable Oberlin to construct a new facility for the Jazz Studies Program.

Dean of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music David Stull says the gift will be a transformative event for Oberlin College. “The Jazz Studies Program, under the visionary leadership of Professor Wendell Logan, has long been a flagship department of the highest caliber in desperate need of adequate space,” Stull says. “Stewart and Donna, through their remarkable generosity, have not only launched a project to address this need, but have also invested in the education of future generations of students at Oberlin.”

“Oberlin College has great leadership,” Kohl says, in explaining the various reasons for his and Donna’s commitment to the College. “With our new Strategic Plan, the institution has renewed its dedication to providing educational excellence and a total experience for its students that is unmatched.”

Kohl adds, “While neither Donna nor I are musicians#133;we do enjoy music as patrons and believe in its powerful civilizing role. Since joining the Oberlin College Board of Trustees, I’ve come to appreciate the significance of the Conservatory. The modernizing of the Conservatory has risen to become Oberlin’s number one capital priority since the building of its world class Science Center. And providing a proper home for the Jazz Studies Program within the Conservatory has become a top priority.”

The Conservatory incorporated jazz into its curriculum in 1972 and began offering a major in Jazz Studies in 1989. The program prepares students for careers as professional jazz musicians and for advanced study in jazz. The Jazz Studies faculty includes composers and performers who maintain active jazz careers in addition to teaching lessons and classes and coaching ensembles.

Sussman Joins JAZZed
JAZZed welcomes Eliahu Sussman as our new associate editor.Sussman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University in 1999, majoring in English with a minor concentration in Spanish language and literature.An accomplished drummer, Eliahu has been studying percussion since 1990 and completed a focused performance program at Berklee College of Music.He’s performed throughout the Northeast and has appeared on a handful of recordings, most notably with his band, The Acro-brats.Sussman was on staff at The Daily Free Press and most recently was employed as an English language instructor.

First Act Inc. Donates to Boston Arts Academy
Musical instrument manufacturer First Act announces a donation of $53,597.00 to the Boston Arts Academy Strings Outreach Program. This continues a partnership that started three years ago, when First Act initiated the project with BAA, and brings their total donation to more than $133,000. The program funds music teacher salaries in three Boston public schools.

Boston Arts Academy is the city’s first and only public high school for the visual and performing arts. As a pilot school within the Boston Public Schools, BAA is charged with being a laboratory and a beacon for artistic and academic innovation. The Academy prepares a diverse community of aspiring artist-scholars to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of a democratic society.

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Fine Arts/Music Specialist
Mobile County Public School System

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Full Circle Management

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Terry Lewis
Senior Vice President
Music Marketing Group
Yamaha Corporation of America

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Best wishes to you and your staff,

Nancy Clark
Assistant Dean for Music
Moravian College
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Mary Fiance Fuss
Director of Public Relations
Jazz at Lincoln Center

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