Department of Music
2000 Lakeshore Drive
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148 Phone:(504) 280-6381 Fax:(504) 280-6098 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2014 Spring Jazz
at the Sandbar!
Wednesdays March 12-April 30
7 pm at the Cove
Founders Drive, on the west side of the Lakefront Campus
The UNO Department of Music presents the 23rd annual Jazz at the Sandbar series Wednesdays at 7 pm at the Sandbar stage in the Cove student center. Each concert features an established musician on the bandstand with UNO Jazz Studies student combos.
Admission is FREE to the UNO community (with UNO or student ID) and $5 general admission.
Ethos Percussion Ensemble Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The exciting and forward-moving Ethos Percussion Group will present an evening concert February 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the UNO Recital Hall located in the Performing Arts Center on the Lakefront Campus. The event is free to UNO students.
General admission tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for non-UNO students. Tickets are available at the door or online in advance through Eventbrite. For more information call the Music Department at 504-280-6381.
Current ensemble-in-residence at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY, Ethos Percussion Ensemble has performed at major concert venues across the United States and United Kingdom. Their unique performances seamlessly transport global influences into Western chamber music to create a visually and aurally compelling experience. The Ensemble is composed of Trey Files, Michael Lipsey, Eric Phinney and Yousif Sheronick. The ensemble's critically-acclaimed performances regularly feature numerous commissions and world premieres; traditional influences from India, West Africa and the Middle East; and landmark works by composers such as John Cage, Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Steve Reich and Frank Zappa.
Ethos has performed at major concert venues across the United States and the United Kingdom, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, the Bermuda Festival, London's Wigmore Hall, the Library of Congress, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Collaborators have included the Kansas City Symphony, Grammy Award-winning frame drum master Glen Velez, Bernard Woma (Ghana) and M'Bemba Bangouran (Guinea), as well as North Indian masters Pandit Samir Chatterjee (tabla) and Ramesh Misra (sarangi). In the past thirteen years, Ethos has commissioned more than twenty-five new works for percussion quartet from a diverse range of composers from around the world.
Since its founding in 1989, Ethos has demonstrated its commitment to advancing the percussive arts in education as well as performance. In New Orleans, they will be conducting a master class at Brother Martin High School in conjunction with the University of New Orleans.
Congratulations to UNO Student, Gregory Agid for winning the ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship!
UNO graduate student Gregory Agid was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship at the University of New Orleans in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The annual $3000 scholarship is supported by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. and is presented to a UNO jazz student in New York each December. Gregory Agid is an accomplished clarinetist and saxophone player. His recent debut album, “Mystery Blues,” received critical acclaim, and he can be seen on the HBO hit series, “Treme.”
Happy Holidays from the
UNO Music Department!
We have some exciting concerts happening this holiday season! We start off with our Choral Holiday Concert on December 3rd at 7:30pm. Next we have our Wind Ensemble Concert on December 6th, 7:30pm in the PAC. The Civic Symphony is playing on UNO's campus on Monday, December 9th, 7:30pm in the PAC. Alumnus, Calvin Johnson, is presenting his annual Crescent City Wonderland Concert at the Christ Church Cathedral at 7:00pm (see picture). The New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus is playing at the PAC on December 13th, 7:30pm in the PAC. Finally, the New Orleans Concert Band is playing at 3pm in the PAC on Sunday, December 15th, for their final concert of the season. We hope to see you all at these exciting events! Check the FaceBook page for more info.
Congratulations to Our Alumni and Faculty for their Recent CD Releases!
Alumni, Peter Harris and Georgi Petrov, and faculty members, Brian Seeger and Steve Masakowski have just released new albums! We are so proud of our accomplished music family here at UNO! If you want to purchase these albums click the following links: The Jackal, Lost Originals, Home Remembered, Things I Like.
You don't want to miss out on these amazing works of art!
Famous Jazz Critic, Stanley Crouch
to Give Free Lecture at UNO
November 7, 6:30pm
Courtesy of the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, famous jazz critic, Stanley Crouch, will give a Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture on Charlie Parker. The discussion will be moderated by music journalist, Tom Piazza.
UNO is honored to hold such a moumental event on our campus. The lecture will take place at 6:30 pm at theUNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall(2000 Lakeshore Drive, PAC 109). It is free to the public, so don't miss this unique opportunity.
The Musical Excursions Series makes it 2013-2014 series debut!
All Musical Excursion concerts take place at the UNO Recital Hall, and start at 7:30.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Born in Shenzhen, Fei-Fei Dong gave her first recital at age ten; this was followed three years later by her orchestral debut with the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has since made debuts in Alice Tully Hall and the Louvre Auditorium, and with the Aspen Music Festival, Hong Kong, Juilliard, Shanxi, and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestras. Most recently, Ms. Dong was named a finalist in the renowned 2013 Cliburn Competition for pianists.
Presented by: The University of New Orleans Department of Music
& The UNO Graduate Program in Arts Administration
Jazz at the Sandbar Series is back for Fall 2013 Season!
You won't want to miss ANY of these amazing concerts! See below for our lineup of outstanding jazz musicians from all over the world!
Dr. Yotam Haber Joins
UNO Music Faculty!
To Premier Work with Alabama Symphony Sept. 21
The UNO Department of Music is excited to welcome internationally-acclaimed composer Yotam Haber to our faculty. Dr. Haber, who moves to New Orleans from New York City, is one of the world’s top young composers; he is a 2005 Guggenheim fellow and a 2007 Rome Prize winner in Music Composition, and the winner of several ASCAP awards and competitions. Since 2010 he has served as the Artistic Director of the MATA festival, a New York-based annual contemporary classical music festival devoted to championing the works of young composers and founded in 1996 by Phillip Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky.
Yotam Haber was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He studied music composition at Indiana University with Eugene O'Brien and Claude Baker and then earned his doctorate at Cornell with Steven Stucky and Roberto Sierra.
Haber has written music for leading new music ensembles and performers including Alarm Will Sound, Gabriel Kahane, Flux Quartet, and The Knights (orchestra). He has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival, and artist colonies including MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Aaron Copland House, and Bogliasco Center.
Dr. Haber’s most recent composition, commissioned for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, will debut September 21 at 8 pm in Birmingham, AL. This concert length work, A More Convenient Season, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, an act which marked a turning point in the 1960’s civil rights movement. Dr. Haber’s work will be performed by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra with chorus and soloists.
At UNO, Dr. Haber will teach music theory and applied composition lessons, and will be creating and staging contemporary classical performances. This fall he will conduct an upper-level seminar entitled “Music and Monumentality,” which will explore how music grapples with commemoration in the post-WWII era.
Dr. Haber’s office is PAC 355, or at email@example.com or learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yotam_Haber.
Fall Semester is Almost Here!
It's that time of year once again! Fall semester is starting in just a few weeks, and we are looking forward to this exciting new year! The school opens on August 19th for professors and staff, so if you have any last minute advising questions, please come by during that week.
Classes officially start on Monday, August 26th, so make sure everything is in order before that day! Also, be aware that tuition is due on August 23rd at 4:30 PM.
We look forward to seeing you! Remember to stop by or call the music office (504-280-6381) with any questions.
Summertime at the UNO Music Department!
The festival season may have died down, but summer continues to heat up! Don't forget to come in for Fall Advising if you haven't already. You can call the office (504-280-6351) to make an appointment with your advisor. School starts back on Monday, August 26th, so make sure you are registered for your classes before that date!
Also, don't forget that the practice rooms are still open! The MIDI Lab can also be used by checking out a key in the office. Come stop by and refine those musical skills!
Jazz Fest 2013!
Check out all of our Performing Students, Faculty and Alumni!
Our Jazz Allstars from 2011. Ashlin Parker (trumpet), Rex Gregory (sax), and Sasha Masakowski (vocals) will be featured again this year on several different stages!
We have a HUGE number of performers from UNO playing and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! We are so proud of our alumni and current students' continual success!
You can still catch several UNO student performances. Check out this LONG list!
Friday May 3rd 11:10 â?? Gentilly Stage: Graduate and current adjunct Chris Adkins and fellow alumnus Charles Brewer get their country on with Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue. 11:40 - Lagniappe Stage: Maggie Koerner's band includes recent graduate Devin Kerrigan on bass. 12:25 â??Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent: Christian Winther Soul House gets its groove from current student and 2012 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition winner Jamison Ross. 12:35 â??Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent: Alumnus Bobby The "Thereminister" Skinner plays theramin with the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra. 1:25 â?? Gentilly Stage: The Iguanas include current student Joe Cabral. 1:30 â?? Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent: Adjunct faculty member Leah Chase headlines with her band, which includes UNO alumni and former Louis Armstrong Quintet members Peter Harris and Khari Allen Lee. 1:50 - Gospel Tent: Current graduate student Danielle Wilson sings with Betty Winn & One-A-Chord, recent winners of the 2013 Big Easy Best Gospel Group award. 2:15 â?? Kids Tent: Current student Claudia Baumgarten leads Miss Claudia's Sing Along America. 2:25: - Jazz and Heritage Stage: Kirk Joseph's Tuba Tuba includes adjunct professor Matt Perrine and alumnus Kyle Roussel. 2:35 â??Lagniappe Stage: Alumna Sasha Masakowski headlines with her band. 2:45 â?? Zatarains / WWOZ Jazz Tent: Astral Project includes professor and Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies Steve Masakowski. 3:10 â?? Economy Hall: Jamil Sharif's band includes alumnus Khari Allen Lee. 3:50 â?? Congo Square Stage: Papa Grows Funk's last Jazzfest appearance before disbanding includes original band member and UNO graduate Jason Mingledorff. 4:35 - Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent: Adjunct professor Herman LeBeaux, Jr. lays down the groove for Ruby Wilson's Tribute to Bessie Smith. 5:15 â?? Kids Tent: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue includes UNO alumni Chris Adkins and Charles Brewer. 6:00Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent: Alumnus Mike Harvey and adjunct jazz percussion instructor Herman LeBeaux, Jr. are featured with Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra.
Saturday May 4th 12:40 â?? Zatarains/ WWOZ Jazz Tent: Alumnus Aaron Fletcher leads his band, which includes current student and 2012 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition winner Jamison Ross and recent graduate Josh Starkman. 1:00 - Lagniappe Stage: Jazz Studies graduate Luke Winslow King headlines his own band. 3:10 - Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent: Drummer Herman LeBeaux, Jr. of UNO's adjunct faculty sets down the groove behind Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band. 4:40 â?? Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent: The venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band includes two UNO graduates: Calvin Johnson Jr. and Mark Braud.
Sunday May 5th 11:20 â?? Acura Stage: OTRA gets its groove from alum and current professor Brent Rose. 12:20 - Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent: Quiana Lynell and The Lush Life features UNO grad Kyle Roussel on piano. 12:20 â?? Congo Square: The New Birth Brass Band includes alum and
current professor Brent "Mr. Moodle" Rose. 12:25 â?? Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent: UNO graduate Mark Braud leads his band, New Orleans Jazz Giants. 1:25 â?? Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent: Professor emeritus and UNO Jazz Studies program founder Ellis Marsalis headlines. 1:20 pm â?? Blues tent: Alumnus Greg Hicks shines with James Andrews
and the Crescent City All-Stars. 1:30 â?? Jazz and Heritage Stage: The New Orleans Night Crawlers get their fat horn sound from professor and alum Brent Rose, adjunct professor Matt Perrine,
and alumnus Jason Mingledorff. 2:35 - Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent: Singer and author of the theme song to HBO's Treme John Boutte gets his groove from UNO adjunct percussion instructor Herman LeBeaux, Jr. 3:50 â?? Blues Tent: Walter "Wolfman" Washington's Roadmasters include UNO alum Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown. 4:05 - Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent: Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and UNO alumnus Brian Blade. 5:35 â?? Acura Stage: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with former student Michael Ballard on bass. 5:50 - Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent: New Orleans Jazz Institute director Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater also includes professors Ed Petersen and Victor Atkins III, current student Emily Fredrickson, adjunct faculty member and alum Ashlin Parker, and alumni Khari Allen Lee, Eric Lucero, Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, and Oliver Bonie. 5:50 â?? Lagniappe Stage: The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars tear it up with adjunct faculty member Matt Perrine.
Svenson Award Winners,
Scott Myers and Kristopher Tokarski!
Winners Scott Meyers and Kris Tokarski pictured here with Ernest Svenson and Professor Steve Masakowski.
We are happy to announce and congratulate the winners of this year's jazz composition competition. Their compositions were featured on Wednesday, April 24th, during our Sandbar Series. They were each awarded a scholarship and were formally recognized by Ernie Svenson's son, Ernest Svenson. Keep your eyes out for these talented young composers!
IT'S BIG EASY!
UNO Music Student's Gospel Group Places Top Honors!
Congratulations to UNO graduate student Danielle Edinburgh Wilson for her win ta the 25th annual Big Easy Entertainment Awards! Danielle is a long-time member of Betty Win and the One A-Chord Gospel Singers, which took home the Best Gospel Group at the 2013 awards ceremony, held Monday, April 22 at Harrah's. Other winners included Dr. John, Anders Osborne, The Meters, Ivan Neville and Dumpstafunk, and Meschiya Lake. UNO alumna Sasha Masakowski was a nominee in the Best Female Performer category.
Â You can see Danielle with Betty Winn and the One A-Chord at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in the Gospel Tent on Friday, May 3 at 1:50 pm.
Two Great Concerts
You Won't Want to Miss!
As the semester winds down, the concert season picks up! We have two great concerts for you this week that are FREE! The first is the UNO Choral concert on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30pm in the Recital Hall. This will be lead by Dr. Carson, and it is sure to be a great experience! The second concert is part of our Jazz at the Sandbar series. This week - on Wednesday at 7pm - we feature pianist Butch Thompson at the Cove with one of our student combos. The Sandbar Series is always a hit, so make sure you check it out before it ends for the season! Can't wait to see you there!
Time Flies! Don't forget to come in for Fall Advising!
The spring semester is almost over, and summer break is fast approaching, but don't forget to come in and see your advisor! Every student needs to have the advising stops on their account lifted before they register for fall classes. This also helps make sure everyone is on the righ track to graduation!
UNO Student Performs with
Percussion Legend, Pedro Martinez!
UNO student and upcoming percussionist Alexey Marti (in blue checked shirt) performed with Cuban drum legend Pedrito Martinez at the Congo Square New Rhythms Festival on Saturday, March 23 in historic Congo Square in New Orleans' Armstrong Park. Martinez sat in with Alexey's group at the second annual festival, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
Performers with Alexey also included UNO alum Matt Schilling on soprano sax and Austin Johnson on piano.
Sandbar Season is a Hit!
The Victor Atkins' Student Combo with special guest, Antoine Drye
Our Jazz at the Sandbar Series is off to a great start! Our students are so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these great musicians, and our audiences have been blown away by their immense talent! We have plenty of the series left featuring some remarkable musicians, so make sure to stop by one Wednesday.
Next week we will take our spring break, but be sure to come to our April 3rd concert featuring Mulgrew Miller! See you then!
Jazz at the Sandbar Spring 2013
Finally, the moment we've been waiting for! The popular Wednesday night Jazz at the Sandbar Series has an outstanding line up this spring! Our students and faculty alike are very excited for these amazing musicians to grace our stage with their presence. You don't want to miss any of these concerts, so mark your calendars now!
All events occur on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm at the Cove on UNO's Campus
February 27th Jamison Ross, Drums
Graduate Student of UNO, Winner of Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition
March 6th Jazz Masters Performance: The Music of Battiste, Black & Marsalis performed by Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen & Victor AtkinsÂ
March 13th Antione Drye, Trumpet with Victor Atkin's Student Combo
April 24th Butch Thompson, Piano with Matt Perinne & Ed Peterson's Combos
May 1st Dr. Lonnie Smith, Organ with Ricky Sebastian and Steve Masakowski's Combos
Note: These events are FREE for students, faculty, and staff of UNO with an ID. Admission for the general public is $5. If you would like more information, please contact the music office at 504-280-6381.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Master's Student, Gregory Agid,
Releases First Album!
Recently nominated as New Orlean's "Best Clarinetist" by Off Beat Magazine, Gregory Agid is solidifying his place in the New Orlean's musical tradition with the release of his debut record, Mystery Blues. Produced by Delfeayo Marsalis, Mystery Blues showcases Agid's unique approach to improvisation on the clarinet thriough original compositions and standards.
"The time has come to share our music with the world, says Agid. We wanted to make a record that showcased our musical roots while looking into the mystery of the future. You have never heard a clarinet sound like this!"
The Gregory Agid Quartet will host a series of events to celebrate the new record. On Feburary 28th, the band will release Mystery Blues at the Little Gem Saloon in New Orleans, Louisiana sets at 8 and 10 pm. The band will then travel to Jackson, Mississippi to perform at the Yellow Scart Jazz club on March 1st. They will be returning to New Orleans on March 5th for their weekly gig at Maison. On March 6th, the band will hold a masterclass at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Happy Mardi Gras from the Music Department!
Local Brass Band, Pocket Aces, featuring UNO music students, Catie Rodgers on trumpet (center) and Asher Ross on trombone (left).
Pictured here marching between the Zulu and Rex parades on Mardi Gras day.
As always, we had a great Mardi Gras season this year in New Orleans! Several of our music students had great performance opportunties throughout this unique season. We are fortunate to have such a vibrant culture here that embraces music and honors musicians!
Student Records with Grammy Nominated
UNO graduate student, Danielle Wilson (second from left), in the recording studio with Bibleway Singers pictured
here with One Republic's lead singer, Ryan Tedder.
Our students are doing great things! This past week, graduate student and voice teacher, Danielle Wilson, got the amazing opportunity to do a recording for One Republic's latest album. Check back for more information regarding release dates. We are so proud of our students and alumni! For more information on the sucesses of our students, "like" our UNO Music Department Alumni page on Facebook!
Stay Tuned for an
Exciting Spring 2013 Concert Season!
We have a great line up planned for the spring concert season. We have uest artist recitals,
Jazz at the Sandbar series, and several student recitals as well as a special performace by
our students at this year's Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Check back for more announcements and feel free to "like" our UNO Music Calendar Facebook page.
UNO Alum Named Steinway Artist to Perform
Free Concert at UNO Jan. 27
New Steinway Artist Kadisha Onalbayeva
Concert at 2 p.m. in the PAC Recital Hall
We are honored to have Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva featured in our spring 2013 concert season! Her performance in the UNO Recital Hall will be her very first concert as a Steinway Performing Artist. Not only is she our first graduate to receive such honors, she is the first Steinway Performing Artist from Kazakhstan! She graduated from our program in 2005 with a masters degree in composition and again in 2006 with a masters degree in piano performance. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Onalbayeva, you can read her bio here and view her program for the conert here.
UNO Jazz Deparment Attends
2013 Jazz Educators Network Conference
Student Representatives Emily Fredrickson and Georgi Petrov with Jazz Legend, David Baker
This past week, representatives from the Jazz Department at UNO attended the 2013 JEN Jazz Conference to represent the program. While making many new friends, meeting potential students, and attending several innovative lectures, they gained valuable tools to help the jazz deparment grow to its fullest potential. We are already looking forward to next year's conference in Dallas!
Happy Holidays from the
UNO Department of Music!
We had a great holiday concert season this year at the Performing Arts Center featuring ensembles such as the Privateer Chorus, the University Wind Ensemble, and several student recitals. As finals week commences, we wish everyone a happy, safe holiday season!
Reminder that the spring 2013 semester starts on Monday, January 14th. Check back for more details regarding our spring concert season.
Jazz at the Sandbar Fall 2012 Series was a
The UNO Jazz Program is proud of anoter successful season of Jazz at the Sandbar. Our students were fortunate enough to work with jazz greats Ellis Marsalis, Derek Douget, Jonathan Lefcoski, Victor Atkins III, Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, Donals Harrison, Ted Ludwig, and Mark Braud. We are already excited for our upcoming series in the spring. Check back for more updates on our upcoming events.
UNO Jazz Program Graduate Student
Wins the Thelonious Monk Competition
UNO Jazz Program graduate student Jamison Ross has won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Jamison is an accomplished drummer, composer and singer who brings ample amounts of passion and skill to the many styles of music he performs and writes. As this year’s winner, he will receive a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.
Read more about this prestigious achievement here & here.
Upcoming Jazz Clinics Hosted by UNO Music
The University of New Orleans Department of Music will be hosting two forthcoming Jazz Clinics. The clinics will be open to the public and admission is free. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
Monday, August 27th, PAC 103 at 12:30pm: Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band, featuring Brian Blade
Tuesday, August 28th, PAC 103 at 1:30pm: Dee Dee Bridgewater and her band
Stay tuned for other upcoming events!
The Ninth Ward Opera Company to perform "Cox and Box" and "Trial by Jury" at UNO
The Ninth Ward Opera Company will perform "Cox and Box" and "Trial by Jury" at the UNO Peforming Arts Center Recital Hall on Saturday, August 4th at 8pm. The company is directed by UNO Music Adjunct Faculty and Alumna, Dr. Kathleen Westfall, and includes several UNO Music students. This two-part opera combo is a must-see. An additional performance will be held at The Allways Lounge on Friday, August 3rd at 8pm.
Call Danielle Wilson at the UNO Department of Music for more information: (504) 280-6381
"Hot Summer Nights and Cool Jazz" features Steve and Sasha Masakowski
Steve and Sasha Masakowski were recently featured on a unique program of jazz with orchestra for the "Hot Summer Nights and Cool Jazz" concert series, which took place at the LSU School of Music Recital Hall in Baton Rouge. The concert's selections included pieces recorded by Masakowski's group Nova NOLA whose album, Wetland, features the entire Masakowski family. Bill Graimes, Willis Delony, Brian Shaw, and Steve Masakowski composed arrangements for the orchestra. Steve Masakowski is the Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz, and Sasha is a graduate of the UNO Jazz Program.
It’s summertime! The UNO Department of Music is jumping and the excitement is high. UNO students and faculty are busy: on tour, teaching, recording, and practicing, while our newly-minted graduates are establishing their careers in teaching, performing, and recording. This fall we welcome one of the strongest classes ever, and are looking forward to adding new opportunities such as a gospel choir (see below) and expansion of our Pep Band.
GET INFO AND GET ADVISED!Degree requirements and department info are indexed on the left. Call us anytime at 504-280-6381. Our faculty and staff are here to help you learn more about UNO Music programs. We encourage you to call ahead for an appointment if you want to tour our facilities or get advised, but walk-ins are always welcome.
NOTE: All students must be advised every semester, and new students must receive permission from the department to be admitted as a Music major.
Some talent-based scholarships may still be available. Contact the coordinator of your interest area (see index on left) for more information.
OPERA SCENES, PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT AMONG FALL SPECIAL TOPICS Fall 2012 special topics include UNO Gospel Choir, now available as a for-credit course (MUS 2001-003). The choir meets T-TH 12:30-1:20. Contact Jennifer Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opera Scenes/Musical Stage Production (MUS 4001/4001G-007) welcomes students of all academic and talent levels. The class will stage scenes from great operas on the theme “Love and Loss,” developing vocal skills, stagecraft, and camaraderie. Contact Danielle Wilson at email@example.com.
Other offerings include Prof. Seeger’s popular Management for the Professional Musician (MUS 4001/4001G-009) and Music in Film (MUS 4001/4001G-006).
UNO's Choral Director Soars to New Heights
Congratulations to the Department of Music's very own Caroline Carson, who was featured in an online CNN article about her passion for all things aviation. Read the article here and check out her personal blog where she chronicles her passion for aviation, among other things.
Want to learn more about the UNO Department of Music? Watch the video below.
New Orleans Jazz & Pop Harp Weekend
The New Orleans Jazz & Pop Harp Weekend will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2012.
The University of New Orleans will host the New Orleans Jazz & Pop Weekend, June 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2012, through our department's resident Jazz harp teacher, Patrice Fisher. In addition to Patrice Fisher, the event will also feature instruction from Jan Jennings, Catherine Anderson, Kimberly Houser, David Anderson, David Easley, and Carlos Valladares. They have created an intensive course schedule, which expands students' skills, enabling them to play Jazz and Pop harp. It includes learning: Harmonic, Melodic and Rhythmic Improvisation, How to Read Lead Sheets, Modulating, Cookie Cutter Chords, Composition, Basic Arranging, Jazz History, Effortless Glissing, Blues Scale and Jazz Listening. There will also be daily jam sessions, a Jazz listening trip to the New Orleans French Quarter and a Jazz Harp Weekend faculty concert.
Wind Ensemble Performance Friday Wraps Up Season
The UNO Wind Ensemble will hold its annual spring concert Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The program is free.
According to director Dr. Charles Taylor, the concert will feature music by several generations of American composers, including the following:
Charles Ives (1874-1954) - Variations on "America"
Michael Colgrass (b. 1932) - Bali
Steven Bryant (b. 1972) - Bloom
Carter Pann (b. 1972) - Hold This Boy and Listen
Richard Danielpour (b. 1956) - Vox Populi
Morton Lauridsen (b. 1943) - O Magnum Mysterium
TONIGHT UNO PRESENTS FINAL SPRING JAZZ AT THE SANDBAR CONCERT Jazz Guitarist, Composer Mike Moreno Headlines with UNO Guitar Ensembles
Rising star guitarist and composer Mike Moreno headlines this spring’s final Jazz at the Sandbar concert at the Cove on UNO’s Lakefront Campus on Tuesday, May 1st
Moreno will perform two sets, one each with the guitar ensembles conducted by professors Hank Mackie and Steve Masakowski. The show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are free to members of the UNO community and $5 for the general public. Beer, wine, and snacks are available.
UNO Music Outreach: Prof. Beth Hayes Brings Music to Lower 9th Ward
Prof. Beth Hayes was featured in a recent article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune for her work in creating a youth orchestra in one of New Orleans' most dynamic and challenged neighborhoods.
Must be SPRING: UNO Music Fest is underway! This week: Monday Jazz Jam with Jasen Weaver, Spring Choir Concert, Banu Gibson joins Jazz at the Sandbar, and...Jazzapalooza Part 1!
Monday, April 23rd: Our new Monday Night Jam “Sandbar Session” series continues from 7 - 9 pm with Jasen Weaver, the “ace of bass,” and his band The Session. Jasen is one of New Orleans’ rising stars; this will be a killer show. Find out more at http://thesessionmusic.com/
Tuesday, April 24th: TWO-FER Tuesdays continues, with the UNO Privateer Chorus performing their annual spring concert in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. This year, the chorus collaborates with Xavier University, performing selections from Brahms' Requiem and others. The concert begins at 7 pm. (The program will be repeated at Xavier Thursday, April 26th.)
Across campus at the Cove, Banu Gibson joins the UNO Hot Club (directed by Matt Bell) and the Traditional Jazz Ensemble (directed by Matt Perrine) in the penultimate concert of this year's Jazz at the Sandbar series.
Thursday April 26th: Watch out, it’s our all-day Jazzapalooza! From noon to 6 pm at the Sandbar (in the Cove, Founders Drive) UNO Masters in Music degree candidates hold their graduate recitals. It’s back to back jazz jamming, with Allen Dejan, Charles James, Josh Starkman, Barry Stephenson, Matt Schilling, and Mighty Sam Wiseman and their bands. These stellar musicians are Frenchmen Street regulars; hear them Thursday in the Cove!
Another Two-fer Tuesday! UNO Department of Music presents pianist Stephen Prutsman in Musical Excursions Series Jazz at the Sandbar to feature Sam Williams of Big Sam's Funky Nation
Big Sam Williams
The UNO Music Department is at it again with a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 17th.
At 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center, piano virtuoso Stephen Prutsman performs “New Orleans Bach and Forth,” a special program featuring the works of J.S. Bach interspersed with works by Rameau, Wagner, Debussy, Beethoven, the progressive rock band Yes, Charlie Parker, and traditional musics from Rwanda and Uzbekistan.
At 7 pm at the Cove student center, Jazz at the Sandbar presents trombonist Sam Williams of Big Sam’s Funky Nation in performance with UNO Jazz Studies students.
Call 280-6381 for details.
UNO Vocalists Win Big at NATS!
On Saturday March 10, 2012, five UNO Music students competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS) state competition at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, and all five earned top places in their divisions, with a 1-2 sweep of Division 15 by Jennifer Mitchell and Danielle Wilson. Congratulations also goes to Kathleen Moore for being invited to perform on the main stage.
David Guillot - 2nd place, Division 11
Jennifer Mitchell - 1st place, Division 15
Kathleen Moore - 3rd place, Division 7
Manolito Smith - 1st place, Division 16
Danielle Edinburgh Wilson - 2nd place, Division 15
UNO'S SUPER MUSIC TUESDAY
Claudio Roditi takes it up, down, and all around at the inaugural Jazz at the Sandbar in the new Cove building.
Tuesday, March 6th was a big night for music fans in the UNO community!
At the Performing Arts Center, guitarist Odair Assad wowed a record crowd with his Brazilian guitar virtuosity, while across campus at the newly-renovated Cove student center, the first-ever Jazz at the Sandbar to be held on the new stage took place, with an equally packed house enjoying the atmosphere and the grooves laid down by Ricky Sebastian's World Beat Ensemble with guest trumpeter Claudio Roditi and surprise guest percussionist Hector Gallardo.
From left, guitarist Georgi Petrov, guest trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and saxophonist William Vivas focus on Jason Butler's piano solo during Tuesday's Jazz at the Sandbar concert, the first to be held in the newly-renovated Cove student center.
The Jazz at the Sandbar student ensemble for the Spring 2012 inaugural concert included, from left, BACK ROW: vocalist Jenika Smith, guest trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and ensemble director and percussionist Ricky Sebastian. FRONT: Saxophonist Philip Sylve, surprise guest percussionist Hector Gallardo, drummer Peter Varnado, pianist Jason Butler, saxophonist Devin Kerrigan, guitarist Georgi Petrov, and saxophonist William Vivas.
March 6th is Super Tuesday!
"Jazz at the Sandbar" moves to Tuesdays, and returns to The Cove with Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Rotidi!
Claudio Rotidi integrates post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts with ease and plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps him in demand as a leader, a studio musician and a sideman. He is also a composer and arranger and has thirteen critically acclaimed albums. Currently he leads his own band and frequently travels as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra.
Brazilian-born guitarist Odair Assad has set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Often performing with his brother Sergio Assad, Odair has been praised as “a soloist of awesome talents, which is no less than observation has always suggested.” His virtuosity has inspired collaborations with renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Gidon Kremer.
UNO Brass Band Returns!
After a 15-year hiatus, the UNO Brass Band returned to lead the 3rd annual UNO Mardi Gras Parade Thursday, February 9th. The parade included several floats, two high school marching bands, and appearances by local celebrities.
The UNO Department of Music
will be hosting Music Clinics
January 24 & 26.
The UNO Department of Music is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first two Music Clinics of the Spring 2012 semester, to be held January 24th and January 26th. The clinics are free and open to everyone with an interest.
January 24th: The Wee Trio at 1:30 pm in PAC 103
January 26th: James Dapogny at 3:00 pm in PAC 103. Mr. Dapogny is considered to be an expert on Jelly Roll Morten, and is in town to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
UNO Jazz Studies Student Barry Stephenson Receives
2011 ASCAP Louis Armstrong
The ASCAP Foundation 2011 Awards Ceremony was held December 7th in the Allen Room at the prestigious Lincoln Center in Manhattan. UNO Jazz Studies student, Barry Stephenson, was presented with the 2011 ASCAP Louis Armstrong Foundation Scholarship by Foundation President Stanley Crouch. The awards ceremony was followed by a performance of one of Stephenson's original songs. The performance was accompanied by a number of fellow UNO musicians, including graduate students Allen Dejan, Jr. on saxophone, Jamison Ross on drums, and Assistant Professor Brian Seeger on guitar. Congratulations Barry!
UNO Music presents Master Class featuring Guitarist Lionel Loueke
The Master Class will feature Guitarist Lionel Loueke, who also happens to be this week's Jazz at the Sandbar Guest Artist.
Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as "a musical painter," Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African music, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own." It goes without saying how pleased UNO Music is to have the opportunity to work with him in the production of this Master Class.
Everyone is welcome to attend!
The Master Class will be held in the Performing Arts Center, Room 203.
Thursday, November 3rd at 1:30pm.
The University of New Orleans Magazine Fall 2011 Issue features UNO Music Alum Sasha Masakowki
Jazz at the Sandbar Schedule
The University of New Orleans Music Department is pleased to announce the line-up for the Fall 2011 Jazz at the Sandbar series.
Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
Homer Hitt Alumni & Visitors Center
Mineburg Road & Levee Road on the UNO Campus
(under the smokestack)
October 5 - Ellis Marsalis "Tribute to Thelonious Monk
October 12 - Wess "Warmdaddy Anderson
October 19 - Vocalist Rondi Charleston & Guitarist Dave Stryker
October 23 - Drummer Herliln Riley
November 2 - Guitarist Lionel Loueke
November 9 - Bassist Bill Huntington
November 16 - Trumpeter Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown
Enjoy internationally acclaimed artists with a lakefront sunset, candlelight and a glass of wine or beer. The ambiance of a downtown jazz club at ¼ the price! And coming soon…the Series returns to its proper home: the REAL Sandbar!
Free for Student /Faculty/Staff with UNO I.D.
General Admission 5$
For more information call UNO Department of Music (504) 280-6381
Made possible through the generous support of UNO Student Government, New Orleans Jazz Celebration (http://nojc.org) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, UNO Alumni Association.
UNO Music Alum Reggie Varnado wins American Idol's Randy Jackson online contest
UNO Jazz Studies Graduate Reginald "Reggie V" Varnado was chosen from 5 finalists, by the public, in Randy Jackson's quest to find "the next Youtube star." Jackson stated that Varnado "definitely has done his homework." To listen to the winning song "Champion" and all of Reggie V's music, check out his Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrReggieV
We here in the UNO Music department would like to offer Reggie our congratulations and best wishes in what is sure to be a successful future in music.
From the blog of James Blachly, Trinity Wall Street Church:
"A great dream of mine since our first camp was to facilitate a year-roud music program at All Souls, seeing what we could do in a week with these kids made me want to see what they could do in a year with consistent, excellent work. In the past year, this has crystallized into a vision for an El Sistema-model strings program, with kids coming for instruction and orchestra every day after school.
Trenton Thomas, UNO Music student, teaches violin.
This week, with the excellent work of Beth Hayes and her team of Rebecca Cranshaw, Trenton (Thomas), Denice (Bonis), Amelia, and James Hausman, this dream became several steps closer to being realized. i saw what it would look like to have 20 or so kids working with All Sould. I saw the concentration of the kids, their desire to learn, and the skill of the teachers.
Dr. Hayes, UNO Music faculty, works with Shaquille on the bass.
Most important, I heard the enthusiasm of the community. At the concert on Friday, I asked the audience, "If you would like to see a thriving youth orchestra right here at All Souls consisting of neighborhood kids, put your hands together." And the response was overwhelming. I'm hopeful, therefore, that we have what it takes to make this happen."
Denice Bonis, UNO Music student, shows Nicolas how to set up a cello.
UNO Music Faculty and Students participate in Summer 2011 All Souls' Music Camp
With 7 days to the beginning of camps. Dr. Beth Hayes, music director of the All Souls' Music camp, found 7 people (including two Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra members) to teach violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, and recorder at the All Souls' Church Camp located in the lower 9th ward.
Dr. Beth Hayes teaching the recorder
UNO Music Education students Trenton Thomas and Denise Bonis are among the impressive line-up of teachers. As a comprehensive camp that is inspired to meet the needs of children, students receive free breakfast and lunch. To augment their academic progress, children spend time reading books and writing in journals ever day, in addition to learning music.
UNO student Trenton Thomas teaches violin to children ages 6-11.
Denise Bonis (not pictured) teaches cello to children ages 9-11.
UNO Music's Jazz Education Network scholarship recipients!
UNO Music students numbered among inaugural recipients of the Jazz Education Network 2011 Scholarship Program.
Daniel Lorraine received the David Baker Scholarship for $3,000, 1-year membership to JED, and a certificate.
Megan Tengal received the Women in Jazz Scholarship for $500-$1,000, 1-year membership to JED, and a certificate.
UNO Jazz Ambassadors visit Colombia
The University of New Orleans Jazz Ambassadors are a select group of UNO Jazz Studies graduate students invited by Centro Colombo Americano to Colombia as part of a cultural and academic exchange.
In addition to performing concerts in Medellin and Marizales, the group will be teaching and coaching Colombian students as part of the "Promising Artists of the 21st Century" jazz camp. The combo will participate in cultural exchange events along with groups from the University of Massachusetts and Julliard from June 13th-25th.
The UNO Jazz Ambassadors combo performed at New Orleans' premier jazz club "Snug Harbor" on Tuesday, June 7th. The set included a variety of traditional and contemporary jazz standards as well as original compositions by the group members. Photographed from left to right, the combo features includes Josh Starkman (guitar), Barry Stephenson (bass), Allen Dejan (saxophone), and Sam Wiseman (drums.)
UNO Music Alumna Sasha Masakowski performs for an
audience of 19,000.
On May 24, 2011, UNO Music Alumna Sasha Masakowski performed at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the Rotary International Conference. The audience numbered at 19,000 people with representatives from over 160 countries. Sasha performed a version of St. James Infirmary with adjunct faculty member Irvan Mayfield's band. For the full Times-Picayune article, visit: http://photos.nola.com/tpphotos/2011/05/bill_gates_and_the_rotary_inte_5.html
The UNO Jazz Allstars Perform at the 2011 Jazz & Heritage Festival
On May 7, 2011, the University of New Orleans Jazz Allstars took the stage at the WWOZ Jazz Tent. The group is comprised of current UNO students and provides a great opportunity for students to perform in front of a wide and diverse audience.
Photo by Brian Epstein
The UNO Jazz Allstars include Oliver Bonie, David Harris, Devin Kerrigan, Nick Solnick and Chris Adkins. For the May 7th Jazz Fesf performance, the Allstars were joined by guests performers. Pianist Austin Johnson, bassist Sam Albright, and vocalist Megan Tengle joined the group for the special performance of Oliver Bonie's Svensen award-winning song, "Cloudy Day."
Chris Adkins, Guitar - Photo by Brian Epstein
Nick Solnick, Drums - Photo by Brian Epstein
Oliver Bonie received the Ernest O. and Shirley Svensen Award for Jazz Composition on April 27 for his song, "Cloudy Day."
Presenting the award at the April 27 Jazz at the Sandbar concert were Ernest Svensen Jr., left, and Professor Steve Masakowski, the UNO Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies.
Spring 2011 Sandbar Schedule Released
Jazz @ the Sandbar features first tier professional performers collaborating with UNO student ensembles. Now in its 21st year, Jazz @ the Sandbar is a sneak peak into the future of jazz, and also the time-honored tradition of elder musicians cultivating the next generation of players through musical interplay and example.
The full Spring 2011 Jazz @ the Sandbar schedule is as follows:
3/16 Mulri-Reed player Victor Goines w/ UNOJO led by Victor Atkins
3/23 Vocalist SACHAL VASANDANI w/ the UNO Jazz Voices
3/30 Guitarist TODD DUKE w/ the UNO Guitar Ensembles I & II
4/6 Pianist LARRY WILLIS w/ Chris Adkins' Combo and Ed Petersen's Combo
4/13 Brazilian multi-instrumentalist CARLOS MALTA w/ the UNO Composer’s Forum led by Brian Seeger & the Outer Galaxies Ensemble
4/20 Clarinetist DR. MICHAEL WHITE w/ the UNO Trad Ensemble & the UNO Hot Club
4/27 Donald Harrison w/ Tate Carson's Combo and Chris Adkins' Combo
5/4 Special Guest TBA w/ the UNO Composer’s Forum led by Brian Seeger and UNOJO led by Victor Atkins
All performances are presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the New Orleans Jazz Celebration, the UNO Student Government Association, and the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.
Concert times: 7:30 - 10:00pm.
Location: Homer Hitt Alumni Center, Lakefront Campus. General Admission: $5.00. Faculty, Staff & Student Admission: FREE w/ UNO ID Card. Tickets sold at the door.
All proceeds go to the George Brumat Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call (504) 280-6039 or (504) 835-5277.
Cindy Scott CD wins Best of the Beat Award
Let the Devil Take Tomorrow, the latest release from jazz vocalist, UNO adjunct faculty and alumna Cindy Scott, was named “Best Contemporary Jazz CD“ of 2010 at the OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Awards.
"Let the Devil Take Tomorrow" was produced by Assistant Professor of Music Brian Seeger. Seeger also performed on the disc and contributed one composition.
The CD features many UNO alums as well as Professor Ed Petersen on saxophone. Cindy Scott (MM 2007) is an adjunct faculty member in the UNO Department of Music and directs the UNO Jazz Voices ensemble.
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The Westpoint chamber group, Quintette 7 will perform a concert in PAC 103 on February 17 from 11:30-12:30. The group is comprised of piano, percussion, tuba, clarinet, sax, trumpet and trombone, and they perform virtuosic pieces in a high energy, interactive way that captivates and dazzles audiences.
The West Point Band’s Quintette 7 selected its name as a witty homage to composer
Raymond Scott, incorporating elements of two of his performing ensembles’ names (The
Raymond Scott Quintette and The Secret 7). The ensemble, a mixed septet of four rhythm
players and three horns, is comprised of members of the West Point Concert Band and the
band’s Field Music Group, The Hellcats.
Quintette 7 will hold a saxophone masterclass in PAC room 344 from 1-2PM on Feb 17th.
Mock auditions will occur in the recital hall from 1-2PM on Feb 17th. There is still time to register for a mock audition. Please email Beth Hayes, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to have a classical or jazz mock audition.
End of Fall Semester in Fun
Award Winning Photos
DAZZLING– Stephen Thurber from Stagelight Louisiana instructs students Jamie Doyle and Nate Weidenhaft on how to use the brand new ETC lighting control console, installed Dec. 8 in the Recital Hall.
LEGENDS AMONG US – Wardell Quezerque, the legendary composer and arranger known as the “Creole Beethoven,” with Jazz Studies professor Steve Masakowski and grad assistants Nate Weidenhaft and Tate Carson.
IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE – The UNO Jazz Studies program continues to interview luminaries of New Orleans music. Legendary arranger and composer Wardell Quezerque was interviewed by Jay Griggs and filmed by UNO student Tate Carson, December 8 2010.
Alumna Sasha Masakowski makes it to The Gambit's 40 under 40 annual list.
Whether it's in the arts or business, technology or community development, young adults are making the Crescent City a better place to live and work. Every year (with the exception of an interruption following Hurricane Katrina in 2005), Gambit solicits nominations from the public, then honors 40 people under the age of 40 for their accomplishments — and the contributions they have made to New Orleans.
Sasha Masakowski grew up in a musical family that includes her father, guitar virtuoso Steve, and mother Ulrike, a pianist — so singing has always been an "instinct," she says. "One of my dreams as a little girl was to be a backup singer for Antonio Carlos Jobim," she says. "That was my dream job — either [Jobim] or Pavarotti."
Masakowski has immersed herself in an acclaimed, dynamic range of Brazilian and traditional jazz, lending her airy, soulful vocals to jazz ensembles Musical Playground and Sidewalk Strutters and progressive pop outfit Bionica. A graduate of both the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and University of New Orleans, Masakowski also studied at the Netherlands' prestigious Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. But singing struck a chord while the musician was growing up in choirs and the New Orleans Children's Chorus. "Since then I've been fascinated by the voice and voice as instrument," she says.
She anticipates a spring release for an album with Musical Playground and hopes to hit the studio with Bionica in the coming months. "The key to my musical happiness and to keep myself going is just surrounding myself with really incredible musicians," she says. "If you constantly put yourself in a position working with people who are on a high level intellectually and musically, you're constantly being inspired."
Edgar E. Burks Leadership Award presented to student Michael Warren
Every year the Division of Student Affairs presents the Edgar E. Burks Leadership Award to a deserving student in honor of the late Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. This award is based primarily upon the demonstration of excellent leadership qualities in cocurricular activities while at UNO. The student should have a strong interest in campus life, clear evidence of leadership in cocurricular activities, organizational skills in accomplishing programs beneficial to the University, and motivation and inspiration to others.
Michael received a plaque at the Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony.
UNO Jazz Orchestra rocks the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
The University of New Orleans Jazz Orchestra rocked the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Sunday April 25th, 2010. Click --->here<--- for a gallery of pictures taken by Brian Bennett.
Faculty and Alum win Grammy Award!
UNO Music Department congratulates the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, led by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield (UNO Alum) and faculty members Victor Atkins III and Ed Petersen on winning a Grammy Award for their CD 'Book One' in the Large Jazz Ensemble category!