19th annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival featuring Jim Pisano, tenor sax

The 19th Annual Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will be held at the Southeast River Campus (near the campus of Southeast Missouri State University) on Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, 2017. Our guest artist will be Jim Pisano, acclaimed tenor saxophonist who is a contemporary jazz educator that is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally. All interested High School, Junior High and Middle School bands are cordially invited to participate!

The performance and clinic venue will be the fabulous Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus. The festival format (non-contest) rewards all groups by providing both recorded and written comments by expert adjudicators. Recorded comments are burned onto a single CD, no more cassette tapes! In addition, a short educational clinic will be provided for each ensemble following its performance by our expert adjudicators. Each band will be adjudicated and rated as Superior, Excellent, Good or Fair by experts in the jazz big band field. Trophies will be given to each band and individual citations will be presented for outstanding musicians within each ensemble.

On Friday at noon, our Studio Jazz Ensemble will perform along with guest artist Jim Pisano in a short, mini-concert. Clinics with Jim will be scheduled during the day on both days of the festival. Friday evening we will feature both Southeast big bands in a gala concert featuring Dr. Pisano as soloist. All bands who stay to hear at least three other ensembles will receive free tickets to this event!
James Pisano is equally comfortable as a jazz saxophonist or classical clarinetist and has an international reputation as a performer. He maintains an active performance schedule – most notably as a member since 2001 of the saxophone section of the Jazz Heritage Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio. He has shared the stage as a soloist with many jazz luminaries, such as Phil Woods, Frank Foster, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Nancy Wilson, James Moody, Hank Jones, The Lionel Hampton Big Band, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Artie Shaw Band, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band and saxophonists Brad Leali, Dave Pietro and Benny Golson.

The registration fee for this festival will be $185 for your first band and $160 for each band thereafter. Bands will be scheduled at 35 minute intervals which will include set-up time, performance time, clinic time and tear-down time. Jazz combos also are invited to perform. Adjudicator's comment sheets and CD, outstanding musician certificates, trophies, and CD recording will be awarded. To encourage more groups to listen, all bands that stay for at least three ensembles will receive comp tickets to the Friday evening gala concert. Please complete the application form and return as soon as you can. I hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most memorable weekend of JAZZ!

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Men's Choral Festival

Join us for the 5th annual Men's Choral Festival for high school singers on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Southeast Missouri State University's beautiful River Campus.

This year's featured clinician is Dr. Jonathan Babcock, Associate Professor at Texas State University. Dr. Babcock is in demand as a conductor, educator and clinician throughout the United States. He conducts the Texas State University Singers and Men’s Choir. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, literature and pedagogy. Prior to coming to Texas State, Dr. Babcock served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Dr. Babcock received a B.M.E. and M.M. from The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam and a D.M.A. from the Hartt School, University of Hartford.

The purposes of the Men's Choral Festival are multi-faceted and include study of vocal technique, rehearsal procedure and performance practice. Junior and Senior singers may also take advantage of a brief mini lesson with a member of Southeast's voice faculty as time allows.

Registration Deadline: WHEN FILLED or Monday, September 28, 2015. No refunds of registration fees can be made after Monday September 28, 2015.


The required fee of $20 per student includes music, a folder and lunch.

For information or questions, please contact Dr. Peter J. Durow by telephone at (573) 651-2342 or by email at pdurow@semo.edu

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Double Reed Day

Join us on February 13, 2016 for the 1st Annual SEMO Double Reed Day. This year’s Guest Artist is Dr. Galit Kaunitz, Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Southern Mississippi and the organizer and Artist in Resident is Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, Assistant Professor of Double Reeds at Southeast Missouri State University. Double Reed enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels are welcome to enjoy this day of music and reed-making!

Oboist Galit Kaunitz is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at The University of Southern Mississippi, joining the faculty in the fall of 2015. She regularly performs with Category 5 and Magnolia Trio, USM’s faculty wind quintet and reed trio. Dr. Kaunitz earned her D.M. from The Florida State University with a Certificate in College Teaching, M.M. from The University of Texas at Austin, and B.M. from The Hartt School of Music. Her major teachers include Dr. Eric Ohlsson, Rebecca Henderson, and Humbert Lucarelli.

Dr. Jacqueline Wilson is Assistant Professor of Music at Southeast Missouri State University where she teaches applied double reeds as well as courses in musicology and ethnomusicology. She regularly presents recitals, masterclasses, and clinics as an active bassoon soloist and as part of the Driftless Winds Reed Trio and the Wilson Duo (bassoon and marimba). She is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, Boston University and the University of Iowa. Her principal teachers include Benjamin Coelho and Matthew Ruggiero.

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Horn Day

Join us on February 13, 2016 for the 2nd Annual SEMO Horn Day. This year’s Guest Artist is Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins and the organizer and Artist in Resident is Dr. Nicholas Kenney, Assistant Professor of Horn at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Higgins received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas City-Missouri Conservatory of Music and Dance, Masters of Music from George Mason University, and Bachelor of the Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Natalie is an active performer of solo, chamber, wind band, and orchestral music. As an active soloist she performs regularly on recital series, in workshops and clinics. Most recently she was a prizewinner of the International Winds, Brass, and Percussion Enkor Competition, finalist at the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Brass Competition, and winner of the St. Louis Artist Presentation Series. As an educator Dr. Higgins is currently instructor of horn and lecturer of high brass methods at Missouri Western State University, applied horn instructor at Avila University, and a clinician and private instructor at several high schools throughout the greater Kansas-City area. She also holds a thriving private studio, and mentors the Kansas City Horn Club Cor Youth Ensemble. Dr. Higgins has given clinics and performances at such workshops as the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, Oklahoma Horn Day, and the Western Horn Workshop.

As an administrator and artistic entrepreneur Natalie co-founded the Alias Brass Company and the Kansas City Horn Club. She has also held positions as the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra Manager and The Gluck Foundation Chamber Music Program Coordinator.

For more information please visit Dr. Higgins’ website at www.nataliebrookehiggins.com

Dr. Kenney earned the Bachelor of Music from Western Carolina University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nebraska. He has performed in venues around the globe, including the Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia, the historic Waterford Opera House in Waterford, Ireland and New York’s famed Carnegie Hall (twice). Nicholas is an award-winning soloist – having won both North Carolina and Nebraska’s MTNA competitions twice, winning the 2006 Western Carolina University Concerto Competition, and in 2009, he was named a finalist in the International Horn Competition of America.

Dr. Kenney has been extremely active as a teacher and clinician, giving master classes in Mexico, North Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and Missouri. He has served as adjunct professor of horn at UNC-Pembroke and Concordia University and as graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently Assistant Professor of horn at Southeast Missouri State University where he teaches applied horn, horn ensemble, music theory, music appreciation, and he is the assistant director to the athletic bands.

For more information please visit Dr. Kenney’s website at www.nicholaskenney.com

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Mid-South Horn Workshop

You are CORdially invited to attend the 2017 Mid-South Horn Workshop, to be held March 17–19, 2017 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As Assistant Professor of Horn at Southeast Missouri State University, I am pleased to announce this event and invite attendees, presenters, and performers to take part. Please join the SEMO Horn Studio and I on Southeast’s beautiful River Campus for an exciting weekend of horn!

Mark your calendars and include us in your plans as we continue to schedule events. As this site is updated in the coming months, check this page often for new information! If you have any questions, please email me at nkenney@semo.edu and I'll reply to you as soon as possible. Thanks, and we hope to see you in Cape Girardeau in March!

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