Festivals & Workshops

Upcoming

Saxophone Day 2013 Sunday, March 24, 2013

Guest Artist: Tamir Sullivan
Event Host: Professor John Nichol, saxophone
Event Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Guest Artist Concert: 3:00 p.m. Staples Family Concert Hall
Location: School of Music, Central Michigan University
Who Can Participate: Saxophonists from grades 9 - 12
For more information email:
John Nichol at nicho1ja@cmich.edu


CMU Jazz Weekend 2013 Thursday & Friday, February 7 & 8, 2013

Guest Artist: Jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton will be our featured artist for the 40th anniversary CMU Jazz Weekend here at Central Michigan University. Jeff will be bringing the rest of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christoph Luty, to help CMU celebrate this very special milestone.

2013 Jazz Weekend registration: Jazz Weekend Info Letter | Big Band Application | Combo Application

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Jeff's recording, It's Hamilton Time (Lake Street Records), received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart. His trio's second release, Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE! (MONS) was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio's second MONS release is entitled, Hands On . Hamilton House-Live at Steamers (MONS) is the trio's 2000 release. As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Jeff also teaches, arranges and composes. Jeff Hamilton Website

 

Archived

Honors Band 2012 Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11, 2012

Conductor: John E. Williamson, Director of Bands, CMU
Rehearsal Dates: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 11, 2012 - Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Concert: Sunday, November 11, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: School of Music, Central Michigan University
Who May Participate: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion students in grades 9-12 this year
Student Letter | Fact Sheet |Application | On-Line Registration

Instrumental Workshop 2013 Information Friday, November 22, 2013

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Online Registration: HERE

Deadline for completed applications will be Friday, October 25, 2013.
Location: CMU Music Building
Who Can Attend:

  • Advanced string, woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard (piano & organ)
  • Students in grades 10-12.
  • Two students per instrument per school (clarinet and bass clarinet count as the same instrument, as do alto and tenor saxophone.)
  • Cost is $20 per student
  • Festival Chorus 2012 Saturday, November 17, 2012

    Haydn Creation
    Rehearsals: Starting Monday, August 27, and every Monday (except Labor Day)
    Location: CMU Music Building, Room 157
    Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Information: Contact Nina Nash-Robertson at nashr1nm@cmich.edu

     

    CMU Alumni Band June 9 & 10, 2012

    This years CMU Alumni Band Reunion is on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10, 2012. If you’re interested in attending this year’s event or need more information, please contact

    Alison Miller
    Director of Development
    College of Communications and Fine Arts
    989-774-1698
    mille1as@cmich.edu

    Rehearsals, like last year, will take place all day on Saturday (we will serve a light breakfast, lunch, and after-rehearsal reception).  The concert will be held on Sunday in the early afternoon.  

    Sunday's planned program is:


    Concert Band
    The Sinfonians Concert March – J. Clifton Williams
    Jim Batcheller, Conductor
    Occident and Orient Overture – Camille Saint-Saens
    Christopher Blackmer, Conducting
    Festival – J. Clifton Williams
    Penny Daab-Cushway, Conductor
    Centennial Fanfare and March – Roger Nixon
    Ken Bauman, Conductor
    Nothing Is Worth More Than Today (A Maroon and Gold Fantasy) – Kenneth Snoeck, composer and conductor

    Also featuring the Horn EnsemblePenny Daab-Cushway, Conductor

    and the Jazz EnsembleScott Adkins and Dave Jensen, Conductors


    CBDNA North Central Convention Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 23-25, 2012

    Online Registration is available here: On-line Registration

    You may also register by downloading PDF's found below and mailing or emailing your registration form. The Registration and Airport Shuttle Forms are fillable PDF's for your convenience.

    Registration Form: 2012 CBDNA Registration
    Hotel Contact Information: 2012 CBDNA Hotels
    Airport Shuttle Form: Airport Shuttle Form Sorry, but we cannot accomodate any additional requests for Airport Shuttle Service. 2/21/12

    Performance Schedule: Performance Schedule CBDNA

    Email completed forms to: jacob3ja@cmich.edu

    Mail Forms & Checks to:
    CBDNA Convention
    CMU School of Music 162
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

    CBDNA North Central Website



    CMU Jazz Weekend 2012 Thursday & Friday, February 9 & 10, 2012

    2012 Jazz Weekend registration: Is now closed. Maps, performance schedules and other information are available for download directly below.

    Schedules & Maps: Performance Schedule | School of Music Warm Up Schedule | Bovee U.C. Warmup Schedule | CMU Friday Ensemble Schedule | CMU Campus Map

    Date: Thursday & Friday, February 9 & 10, 2012
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Registration Information: Jazz Weekend Info Letter | Big Band Application | Combo Application |
    Guest Artist: Trumpet Soloist, Band Leader, Composer, and Educator Bobby Shew is our featured guest artist this year. Bobby’s early career included stints with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Woody Herman band, and the Buddy Rich band. He moved to Los Angeles, working with leading big bands and jazz performers all over the coast, recording his own albums, and amassing a large body of TV and Film studio work. Today, in addition to a busy performing and private teaching schedule, Bobby conducts clinics and master classes at high schools and college campuses all over the world.

    Bobby Shew Website

    Jazz Weekend 2012

    Instrumental Workshop 2011 Information Friday, November 18, 2011

    Date: Friday, November 18, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Applications will be mailed later in September
    Deadline for completed applications will be Friday, October 28, 2011.
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Who Can Attend:

  • Advanced string, woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard (piano & organ)
  • Students in grades 10-12.
  • Two students per instrument per school (clarinet and bass clarinet count as the same instrument, as do alto and tenor saxophone.)
  • Cost is $20 per student
  • Poster | Registration is now closed.
  • Honors Band 2011Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20, 2011

    Conductor: John E. Williamson, Director of Bands, CMU
    Rehearsal Dates: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:30 a.m. to Noon, 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, November 20, 2011 - Noon to 3:00 p.m.
    Concert: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: School of Music, Central Michigan University
    Who May Participate: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion students in grades 9-12 this year
    Letter | Fact Sheet | Registration is now closed.

    Double Reed Jumpstart! Sunday, October 23, 2011

    Date: Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Who Can Attend:

  • Oboe and Bassoon students
  • Grades 7-12.
  • Cost is $10 per student
  • Registration Information: Registration Brochure

    CMU Saxophone Day 2011Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Date: Sunday, March 27, 2011
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Information: Online Registration Although you are welcome to register and attend Sunday's events, performance spaces for the Michigan Saxophone Ensemble are filled. | Brochure

    Guest Artist: H2 Saxophone Quartet

    CMU Jazz Weekend 2011 Thurs. & Friday, February 10 & 11, 2011

    Date: Thursday & Friday, February 10 & 11, 2011
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Information: Jazz Weekend Info Letter | Big Band Application | Combo Application | Campus Map | Friday Schedule | High School Performance Schedule

    Guest Artist: Bob Mintzer, saxophone

    Honors Band 2010Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21, 2010

    Complete information is available by downloading the PDF files below.
    Letter | Fact Sheet | Application

    Instrumental Workshop 2010Friday, November 19, 2010

    Date: Friday, November 19, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Deadline for applications is Friday, October 29, 2010, NOT October 22nd as printed on some forms.
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Who Can Attend:

    • Advanced string (new for this year!) woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard (piano & organ)
    • Students in grades 10-12.
    • Two students per instrument per school (clarinet and bass clarinet count as the same instrument, as do alto and tenor saxophone.)
    • Cost is $20 per student

    Poster | Registration is closed

    CMU Jazz Weekend 2010 Thurs. & Friday, February 11 & 12, 2010

    Date: Thursday & Friday, February 11 & 12, 2010
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Information: High School Performance Schedule | Friday Schedule of Events | Jazz Weekend Info Letter | Big Band Application | Combo Application | Band Schedule | Campus Map

    Guest Artist: Nicholas Payton, trumpet

    More information on Nicholas Payton

    Instrumental Workshop 2009Friday, November 20, 2009

    Date: Friday, November 20, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Deadline for applications is Friday, October 23, 2009
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Who Can Attend:

    • Advanced woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard (piano & organ)
    • Students in grades 10-12.
    • Two students per instrument per school (clarinet and bass clarinet count as the same instrument, as do alto and tenor saxophone.)
    • (Please note: percussionists will work on rhythmic and keyboard instruments.)

    Poster | Print Registration

    Double Reed Day 2010Saturday, October 23, 2010

    Date: Saturday, October 23 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Attendance Information:

    • Open to all Double Reed students, professionals, and enthusiasts (including parents, directors, and studio teachers)
    • Guest Artists include Dwight Parry, Princiapal Oboe, Cincinnati Symphony; Robert Williams, Principal Bassoon, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Treva Womble, English Horn, Detroit Symphony Orchestra retired
    • Register by October 16 and pay only $10; after October 16 will be $15 (parents, directors, and studio teachers free)

    Print Registration

    Saxophone Day 2009Sunday, March 29, 2009

    Date: Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 9 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Deadline for applications is March 13th, 2009
    Location: CMU Music Building

    The CMU School of Music is proud to present the PRISM Saxophone Quartet as part of its Day of Saxophone celebration on Sunday, March 29, 2009.

    Master classes, rehearsals, ensemble activities, a performance by the Michigan Saxophone Ensemble, and the feature concert by PRISM are all part of this day.

    You can click on the Registration Form PDF to learn more about what's offered and register for this event, and contact CMU saxophone professor John Nichol if you have questions or need more information.

    Registration Form

    CMU Jazz Weekend 2009 Thurs. & Friday, February 12 & 13, 2009

    Date: Thursday & Friday, February 12 & 13
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Updated Information: Schedule of Events Campus Map

    Guest Artist: John Fedchock, Trombone

    John Fedchock's illustrious career in jazz has spanned nearly three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City for over twenty years, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC's premiere jazz artists. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquis group, showcasing Fedchock's trombone and arranging as well as the band's all-star soloists. The band's four CDs for the Reservoir Music label, "New York Big Band", "On The Edge", "No Nonsense", and "Up & Running", have all received high praise from critics, and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts. "New York Big Band" and "On The Edge" both earned 4 1/2 star reviews in DOWNBEAT magazine and were listed in DOWNBEAT's "Best CDs Of The 90's". The success of the band also resulted in Fedchock's name appearing in DOWNBEAT's Readers Poll under the categories of Trombone, Arranger and Big Band, simultaneously for several consecutive years. In recognition of his formidable arranging skills on "No Nonsense", Fedchock was honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for "Best Instrumental Arrangement" for his exciting chart on "Caribbean Fire Dance." The JFNYBB's 2007 release, "Up & Running," spent eight weeks in jazz radio's Top Ten, with the New York Times applauding the band's "Cheerful Syncopation, Served With Spit-and-Polish Precision." His small-group project for Reservoir, "Hit The Bricks"w appeared in DOWNBEAT's list of "Best CDs of 2000", and features special guests along with showcasing Fedchock's "incomparable trombone playing, which seems to have no limit, technically or musically" (JazzReview.com). Attention from the recording inspired the creation of the John Fedchock NYSextet, which has performed throughout the U.S., and at international jazz events.

    Fedchock began his career as a jazz trombonist when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra in 1980. He toured with Woody's "Thundering Herd" for seven years, during which time he was musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman's last two Grammy Award nominated albums "50th Anniversary Tour" and "Woody's Gold Star", and received accolades from jazz journalists worldwide. Famed jazz critic Leonard Feather called him the "unsung hero" of Woody's "50th Anniversary Tour" album and Woody said of Fedchock, "He's my right hand man. Everything I ask of John he accomplishes, and I ask a lot. He's a major talent." DOWN BEAT magazine stated that "it was the young blood of musicians like Fedchock that helped keep Woody Herman's last years musically healthy and growing". Fedchock still maintains a close association with the Herman orchestra, performing with the group on occasion and continuing to add his own compositions and arrangements to the band's library.

    Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson's Big Band, the Bob Belden Ensemble, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and has toured abroad as a guest trombonist/composer/conductor. To add to his already diverse list of multiple talents, Fedchock is also a producer of note, and has lent his studio expertise to several recent recording projects.

    Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fedchock is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He also holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is a clinician and soloist for KING Instruments, and conducts seminars and workshops at colleges and universities across the country. Fedchock is a Trombone Chair for the International Association For Jazz Education Resource Team, and has been a member of the board of advisors for the International Trombone Association. A strong advocate for arts in education, Fedchock is jazz trombone instructor at Purchase College in Purchase, NY, and a visiting jazz faculty member at the University Of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Many of his jazz compositions and arrangements are published by Kendor Music, Inc.

    Instrumental Workshop 2008Friday, November 21, 2008

    Date: Friday, November 21, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Deadline for applications is Friday, October 24, 2008
    Location: CMU Music Building
    Who Can Attend:

    • Advanced woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard (piano & organ)
    • Students in grades 10-12.
    • Two students per instrument per school (clarinet and bass clarinet count as the same instrument, as do alto and tenor saxophone.)
    • (Please note: percussionists will work on rhythmic and keyboard instruments.)

    Complete information is available by downloading the following PDF files:
    Poster | Fact Sheet | Registration

    Honors Band 2008Sunday, November 16, 2008

    Complete information is available by downloading the following PDF files:
    Letter | Fact Sheet | Application

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