American Festival for the Arts, 2007 Summer Music Conservatory and Concert Series

Intensive Jazz Workshop

Conservatory Dates
June 25 to June 29, 2007 (one week)

Mon., June 25, 2007

Daily Hours
8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., M-F

$395 (scholarships are available)

Areas of Study
saxophone (all ranges), trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, string bass, piano, trap set, percussion, guitar, bass guitar (Other instruments admitted at the discretion of the faculty, contact AFA for additional information)

Graduating 8th - graduating 12th grades

Department Description
AFA’s Intensive Jazz Semiar offers performance opportunities in large and small ensembles, courses in jazz theory and history, instruction in arranging, composing and improvisation as well as master classes on all instruments. Students study and rehearse a wide range of jazz literature and a broad diversity of jazz styles. The program culminates with a performance at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Big Band
Big Band focuses on classic works from the Big Band and Swing eras as well as on new works by contemporary composers. While the big band is comprised primarily of jazz instruments, the group may also include non-traditional and/or orchestral instruments including orchestral strings and woodwinds. Working in a large ensemble context, students gain valuable experience as part of a large group.

Combo Class
Combo class focuses on small group performance, learning songs by ear, transcribing solos of influential jazz artists and practicing the interaction between rhythm section and soloists. Combos focus on performance of repertory designed for smaller groups and helps students develop important group, solo and improvisational skills in this context. Combo workshops emphasize teamwork, active listening skills, communication skills and leadership as students work together to perform in more of an individual context. Selected students also have an opportunity to develop their abilities as soloists.

2007 Enrollment Quotas
Alto Saxophone 2-3
Tenor Saxophone 2-3
Baritone Saxophone 1-2
Trumpet 4
Trombone 3
Bass Trombone 1
Trap-Set 1-2
Guitar 1-2
Bass (acoustic/electric) 1-2
Piano/Keyboard 1-2