Southeast Missouri State University

 16th Annual Clark Terry / Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival - featuring Brad Leali, saxophone

The 16th 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 7-8, 2014. Our guest artist will be Brad Leali, incredible saxophonist on the staff at the University of North Texas.   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 Brad Leali in a short, mini-concert. Clinics with Brad 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. Leali as soloist. All bands who stay to hear at least three other ensembles will receive free tickets to this event!

Brad Leali, a native of Denver, Colorado, joined the University of North Texas faculty in August 2008 as Professor of Jazz Saxophone.   From 1989-1994, Leali was lead alto saxophonist for the Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra, serving as its musical director from 1990-1994. In 1995, he joined the Count Basie Orchestra under the leadership of Grover Mitchell. During his years as one of the top jazz musicians in New York City, Leali was a staple in legendary jazz venues like the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Iridium, and Birdland. He has also performed in Lincoln Center in the orchestras of jazz legends Nancy Wilson and Benny Golson. Leali has numerous television appearances and performs yearly as part of the Kennedy Center Honors program. Other artists with whom he has played include Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Foster, Jon Hendricks, Roy Hargrove, The Mingus Big Band, Jack McDuff, George Duke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, Billy Joel, Yolanda Adams, and Brian McKnight.

The registration fee for this festival will be $170 for your first band and $115 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 3rd annual Men’s Choral Festival for high school singers on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Southeast Missouri State University’s beautiful River Campus.

This year’s festival will be conducted by Stan McGill who is the former president of TMEA and Southwest ACDA. McGill has taught 33 years in secondary choral music education and is the author of several choral music education textbooks published by Hal Leonard Publications and AMC Publications. Stan is an active adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the United States.

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, September 27, 2013.  No refunds of registration fees can be made after September 27, 2013


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

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