High school-aged musicians and vocalists from the region who are interested in learning more about jazz music and life as a jazz musician can apply for full scholarships to the 2012 West Virginia Jazz Academy scheduled for Jan. 28 at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport.
The West Virginia Jazz Society and West Virginia Wesleyan College are offering up to 40 students an opportunity to learn about jazz performance from a resident faculty and a guest faculty of touring professional jazz musicians, and to perform in ensembles organized around student interest and ability.
"Our goal is to excite students about jazz music and the opportunities for careers in the music industry," said Eric Spelsberg, president of the West Virginia Jazz Society. "This is a rare opportunity to learn from and play with some of the top jazz musicians around."
The sessions begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 11:30 a.m. A noontime luncheon with a guest speaker will conclude the morning sessions.
Following lunch is the Too Cool For School Student Jazz Showcase at 1 p.m. in Jazz at Charles Pointe, also located in the Bridgeport Conference Center. Students organized into separate ensembles will present in turn. Parents, friends and teachers are encouraged to attend and admission is by donation.