January 06, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — Students and faculty of the Frost School’s Department of Studio Music and Jazz were well represented both as performers and clinicians at the 4th annual conference of the Jazz Education Network (JEN) held January 2nd - 5th at the Hyatt Peachtree Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble (JV1) under the direction of Larry Lapin performed to an enthusiastic JEN audience on Friday, January 4 in an evening concert filled with jazz students and educators who had traveled from across the globe to attend the conference.
The Frost Concert Jazz Band (CJB) was selected to close the conference on Saturday night, performing with NEA Jazz Master, saxophonist Dave Liebman who was also featured at the Frost School of Music earlier this academic year at Festival Miami. Dante Luciani conducted the concert, which featured high-powered originals by Liebman, and closed with a contemporary rendition of “Sing, Sing, Sing” arranged by Jim McNeely. Frost faculty guitarist John Hart was also featured on the program.
Several faculty, presented clinics including Dean Shelly Berg (As Swings the Rhythm Section So Swings the Band), Larry Lapin (We’re All In This Together: The Vocal Ensemble and the Rhythm Section..It’s All One Group!) and Daniel Strange presented an in-depth workshop on Solo Jazz Piano. Graduate teaching assistant Kelly Garner also presented a Studio Recording Techniques clinic for jazz vocal ensembles.
Frost Admissions Director Karen Kerr met with prospective students in the exhibit hall, and Frost faculty Brian Lynch, Gary Keller, John Hart and Rachel Lebon attended performances by high school ensembles to hear prospective students in performance as well.
The Jazz Education Network (JEN) is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences. JEN was founded in 2008 in Chicago and now has over 1,500 members in 22 countries, every USA state and 7 Canadian provinces. Its annual conference serves teachers, students, artists, performing arts presenters, music industry partners, and music enthusiasts.
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