17th Annual Clark Terry / Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival - Featuring Michael Dease, trombone

The 17th Annual Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will be held at the Southeast River Campus (near the campus of Southeast Missouri State University) on Friday and Saturday, February 6-7, 2015. Our guest artist will be Michael Dease, an extraordinary musician who excels on trombone (but also is a great saxophonist) on the staff at the Michigan State University. All interested High School, Junior High and Middle School bands are cordially invited to participate!

The performance and clinic venue will be the fabulous Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus. The festival format (non-contest) rewards all groups by providing both recorded and written comments by expert adjudicators. We've gone DIGITAL! Recorded comments are now burned onto a single CD, no more cassette tapes! In addition, a short educational clinic will be provided for each ensemble following its performance by our expert adjudicators. Each band will be adjudicated and rated as Superior, Excellent, Good or Fair by experts in the jazz big band field. Trophies will be given to each band and individual citations will be presented for outstanding musicians within each ensemble.

On Friday at noon, our Studio Jazz Ensemble will perform along with guest artist Michael Dease in a short, mini-concert. Clinics with Michael will be scheduled during the day on both days of the festival. Friday evening we will feature both Southeast big bands in a gala concert featuring Mr. Dease as soloist. All bands who stay to hear at least three other ensembles will receive free tickets to this event!

Born in Augusta, Georgia, Michael Dease played the saxophone and trumpet before choosing the trombone. He was a self-taught high school senior, when he moved to New York in 2001 to study at the Juilliard School where he earned his Bachelor and Master degrees. Dease quickly established his reputation as a soloist and sideman, recording 4 albums as a leader and logging over 100 sessions as a sideman, all before the age of 30. He is a Grammy award-winning trombonist, and has played with many of today's foremost jazz orchestras, including those led by Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver and Rufus Reid. He teaches jazz trombone full time at Michigan State University, well known for its jazz program, and has also been on faculty at Queens College CUNY, The New School and Northeastern University.

The registration fee for this festival will be $175 for your first band and $150 for each band thereafter. Bands will be scheduled at 35 minute intervals which will include set-up time, performance time, clinic time and tear-down time. Jazz combos also are invited to perform. Adjudicator's comment sheets and CD, outstanding musician certificates, trophies, and CD recording will be awarded. To encourage more groups to listen, all bands who stay for at least three ensembles will receive comp tickets to the Friday evening gala concert. Please complete the application form and return as soon as you can. I hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most memorable weekend of JAZZ!

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Men's Choral Festival

Join us for the 4th annual Men's Choral Festival for high school singers on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Southeast Missouri State University's beautiful River Campus.

This year's festival will be conducted by Dr. Andrew Larson who is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Stetson University and the current President of the Florida ACDA. Larson attended Utah State University, Brigham Young University and the University of Illinois. He conducts the Stetson University Women's Chorale and the Choral Union, and teaches conducting and choral methods. He has conducted and performed in 10 states, and his compositions appear under the Santa Barbara and Hinshaw labels. He has written for the Choral Journal and released two recording projects with the Stetson choirs.

The purposes of the Men's Choral Festival are multi-faceted and include study of vocal technique, rehearsal procedure and performance practice. Junior and Senior singers may also take advantage of a brief mini lesson with a member of Southeast's voice faculty as time allows.

Registration Deadline: WHEN FILLED or Friday, October 10, 2014. No refunds of registration fees can be made after Friday October 10, 2014.


The required fee of $20 per student includes music, a folder and lunch. A t-shirt may also be purchased in advance with your registration for an additional $10. T-shirt orders must be made in advance. All proceeds from t-shirt sales go to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA) music fraternity.

For information or questions, please contact Dr. Peter J. Durow by telephone at (573) 651-2342 or by email at pdurow@semo.edu

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