July 12, 2013

Auditions Now Open for Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Program

Auditions Now Open for
Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Program 
$20,000 NEA Art Works grant supports growth of High School All-Star Jazz Program

DAVIS, Calif.— The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis is proud to announce the third year of its Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Program. The program, which was recently recommended for a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant, is accepting applications now through August 30 at http://www.mondaviarts.org/jazzallstars/.

The High School All-Stars program provides advanced training for serious jazz students through rehearsals, clinics and master classes with jazz professionals and performance opportunities and includes two separate programs: the High School All-Stars, an eight-person ensemble of the Sacramento region’s most talented high school musicians; and the all-new Improv Academy, consisting of monthly workshops focused on presenting concepts of improvisation and developmental skills to dedicated students. Applicants may elect to apply to either the All-Stars or the Improv Academy, or to both. Those applying for the All-Stars may be selected for the Improv Academy at the discretion of the Mondavi Center.

Both programs are under the direction of Mike McMullen, a Jazz Studies faculty member at California State University, Sacramento, and the founding member of the Sacramento-based Capitol Jazz Project. “While prior improvisational experience is not required for the Improv Academy, applicants should have good tone, read well, have strong mechanical skills and knowledge of scales,” says McMullen. “The clinics will cover concept and style, interactions within the group, harmony, ear training, rhythm, mechanical skills, and listening."

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields.

Acting NEA Chairman Joan Shigekawa says, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts."

"In addition to our role as a major presenter of jazz, we are working hard to become a critical training ground for young players, and the All-Stars represent another big step in that direction,” says Jeremy Ganter, associate executive director and director of programing for the Mondavi Center. “We are thrilled to be recognized by the NEA for this program, and feel very fortunate to be able to support the wealth of young talent and extraordinary jazz educators in our region."

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, is one of Northern California’s premier arts destinations. The Mondavi Center presents nearly 200 performances each year by both professional and student artists in music, dance, theater, film and the spoken word. The Mondavi Center’s main performance space, 1,801-seat Jackson Hall, features next-generation theatrical equipment and superb acoustics that make it a favorite for the world's greatest musicians, speakers and dance and theater companies. The center's 200-seat Vanderhoef Studio Theatre provides high-tech space for rehearsals, film screenings and intimate musical experiences.

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