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The 2014 Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival, open to Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Collegiate Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Combos, Vocal Jazz Ensembles, is a non-competitive, educational festival in that no scoring or rankings of bands are made or implied. Instead, our selected clinicians are simply on hand to provide constructive commentary through verbal feedback. Our festival revolves completely around one main concept: it is important that our young musicians are taught how to play jazz while enjoying the learning process through every means available.
Our clinicians understand that many ensembles will be bringing "works in progress" and some may have no repertoire prepared in advance. We are also encouraging directors with little or no jazz training to bring their groups to The Winter Jazz Festival so that the clinicians can display how to start up the ensemble. With no ratings, awards, or trophies involved, the festival is void of pressure, and your ensemble will be working in an intimate performance setting.
Each group registration fee includes a 60-minute session (jazz ensembles), and a 45-minute session (combos and vocal jazz ensembles) with a selected clinician. Directors and performing participants will receive a complimentary pass to the Festival. General admission is $10.
Instrumental Big Band Clinics:
Each group will spend one hour with a single clinician. Clinicians will critique your prepared charts with the option of spending a portion of the clinic teaching your group a jazz composition totally by ear, focusing upon aural training and improvisation. If you have nothing prepared to bring to The Winter Jazz Festival, you can have your clinician introduce your ensemble to a selection of your choice (bring score and parts with you) or spend your entire hour on aural training and improvisation. Some directors may choose to have the clinician focus upon the improvisational sections of charts they're planning to perform during the year.
Jazz Combo Clinics:
You have two options. First, you can have your combo bring prepared jazz selections (jazz standards or jazz compositions from lead sheets/fake books/published combo charts or transcribed by ear from recordings) for your clinician to critique. For schools that wish to form a combo but haven't yet done so, directors are encouraged to select a combo from their big band personnel and have the clinician show the group how to get started, how to rehearse the ensemble, and what they should strive to accomplish during the year as a group. In both cases, you have the option of having the clinician teach your group a tune aurally, emphasizing ear training, improvisation, and group interaction.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble Clinics:
Each group will spend 45 minutes with a single clinician. The Clinician will critique your prepared charts with the option of spending a portion of the clinic teaching your group a jazz composition totally by ear, focusing upon aural training and improvisation. If you have nothing prepared to bring to The Winter Jazz Festival, you can have your clinician introduce your ensemble to a selection of your choice (bring score and parts with you) or spend your entire hour on aural training and improvisation.
Additional Festival Information:
$250.00 per Jazz Ensemble
$200.00 for a second or third Jazz Ensemble
$200.00 per Jazz Combo