18th Annual Clark Terry / Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival - featuring Bob Lark, trumpet

The 18th 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 5-6, 2016. Our guest artist will be Bob Lark, the Chair of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, who is a contemporary jazz educator that is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally. 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. Recorded comments are 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 Bob Lark in a short, mini-concert. Clinics with Bob 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 Dr. Lark as soloist. All bands who stay to hear at least three other ensembles will receive free tickets to this event! !

Bob Lark has recorded with top names in the jazz world including Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely and Mark Colby and is an exclusive Yamaha Performing Artist. He serves as Chair of the Jazz Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where he directs the university Jazz Ensemble and The Phil Woods Ensemble, teaches jazz trumpet and courses in jazz pedagogy, jazz history and jazz style. Under his direction The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble has produced several Outstanding Performance Awards from the Jazz Educators Journal, Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines, and has recorded albums with legendary jazz artists Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Jeff Hamilton, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Ira Sullivan, Mark Colby, Bobby Shew, and Frank Wess.

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 that 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 5th annual Men's Choral Festival for high school singers on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Southeast Missouri State University's beautiful River Campus.

This year's featured clinician is Dr. Jonathan Babcock, Associate Professor at Texas State University. Dr. Babcock is in demand as a conductor, educator and clinician throughout the United States. He conducts the Texas State University Singers and Men’s Choir. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, literature and pedagogy. Prior to coming to Texas State, Dr. Babcock served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Dr. Babcock received a B.M.E. and M.M. from The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam and a D.M.A. from the Hartt School, University of Hartford.

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 Monday, September 28, 2015. No refunds of registration fees can be made after Monday September 28, 2015.


The required fee of $20 per student includes music, a folder and lunch.

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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