Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Semiahmoo Music Group Visits University of New Orleans Music Department

The Semiahmoo Music group is one of Canada's top high school jazz programs ― and this week performs at the University of New Orleans.

The music group arrives from the Semiahmoo Academy of Music in South Surrey, British Columbia, a suburb of the greater metropolitan area of Vancouver, and will play from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at the Sandbar at The Cove, located on Founders Drive.

The Semiahmoo Academy of Music adheres to a rigorous curriculum, aimed to help students develop the social, technical and artistic skills that will allow them to thrive in the world of music throughout their lives, according to the organization's website. Many of the school's music students follow a classical program based on standards and regular exams set by the Royal Conservatory of Music; others pursue a program that allows them to explore boogie, hip-hop, pop and jazz studies in a nonclassical setting. Some prefer a combination of both.

All Semiahmoo students perform regularly in concerts and recitals aimed to encourage confidence, technical and artistic skill development and professionalism. The high school jazz ensemble performs wearing classic black tuxedoes.

Many of the program's students continue their music studies at university programs including those of North Texas State, Berklee School of Music and Lawrence University, said Missy Bowen, spokeswoman for the UNO Music Department. The ensemble has been recognized for its excellent musicianship at Canadian national music festivals, and at the Lionel Hampton Jazz festival.

"This all being said, what these students truly love is sharing their music with their audience," said Bowen. "Come listen to this ensemble and hear great Canadian Jazz Band Music, from some wonderful young musicians!...We hope to show off our campus to these top high school students."

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