Kennesaw State announces jazz competition for high school musicians

Dean Joseph Meeks of the Kennesaw State University School of the Arts recently announced the first…

Georgia (Mar 27, 2002) — Kennesaw State announces jazz competition for high school musicians

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Dean Joseph Meeks of the Kennesaw State University School of the Arts recently announced the first annual Young Performing Jazz Artists Competition recognizing outstanding young musicians from the world of jazz. The winner of the competition will be invited to perform with the KSU Jazz Ensemble at the final concert of the Starlight Summer Concert Series and will receive a $250 cash prize.



"This wonderful new program reaches out to area students and schools‚" Meeks said. "We want to continue expanding our community involvement and the community's interaction with us."



Entrants must be high school juniors or seniors enrolled in the instrumental or choral programs at school. They must also sing or play an instrument commonly found in jazz ensembles‚ such as the flute‚ clarinet‚ saxophone‚ trumpet‚ trombone‚ piano‚ bass‚ guitar or drums.



Contestants must perform an assigned selection for a panel of judges. However‚ the contestant may choose to improvise or compose his or her own work for some solo sections.



"The competition is an opportunity to encourage young musicians to play jazz‚" Steven Watson‚ director of the KSU Jazz Ensemble‚ said. "Also‚ we want to let them know that we have a great jazz program at Kennesaw State."



Interested students should contact Mr. Watson at 770−423−6151 for an application and nomination form. The forms are also available online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts. The deadline for entry is April 12.



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.




A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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