Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Orleans Jazz Institute Announces the Irvin Mayfield School of Music at UNO

The New Orleans Jazz Institute located at the University of New Orleans celebrates 20 years of Project Prodigy Summer Music Camp by announcing The Irvin Mayfield School of Music that will be held on the campus of UNO.

The Irvin Mayfield School of Music at UNO will combine NOJI's existing education programs, Project Prodigy Summer Music Camp and Saturday Music School, into one cohesive, year-round youth education opportunity.

The New Orleans Jazz Institute located at the University of New Orleans is pleased to announce the creation of The Irvin Mayfield School of Music that will be held on the campus of UNO. Named after NOJI's founding director, the school will continue to provide comprehensive, affordable music education for local youth, while providing new opportunities for its students and expanding its capacity.

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Registration for the summer program of the Irvin Mayfield School of Music at UNO will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at Medard H. Nelson Charter School, 3121 St. Bernard Avenue.

Each student must audition with a camp instructor for class placement during registration and must submit a report card and referral from a music or classroom teacher.

The one-time registration and camp fee is $75; need-based tuition waivers are available only under special circumstances.

Camp runs from Monday, June 9 - Thursday, July 3. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Each student must bring his or her own instrument;

For more information about the Summer Program or registration, visit www.thenojo.com or contact Katie DeBruhl (504.913.0575, kdebruhl@thenojo.com).

Summer Program

The first program to be hosted by the school will be its Summer Program. Formerly known as Project Prodigy Summer Music Camp and now in its 20th year under the leadership of camp director and renowned music educator Joseph Saulsbury, the summer program will begin on Monday, June 9, and conclude on Thursday, July 3. The camp's primary goal is to provide music instruction for local students in fourth through eighth grades, to enrich their musical skills and nourish an appreciation of the arts. The camp is a collaboration between NOJI, UNO, NOJO, The New Beginnings Charter School Network and local musicians; supporting organizations have included the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the Young Leadership Council and Capital One.

Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at Medard H. Nelson Charter School, 3121 St. Bernard Avenue. Each student must audition with a camp instructor for class placement during registration and must submit a report card and referral from a music or classroom teacher. The one-time registration and camp fee is $75; need-based tuition waivers are available only under special circumstances.

The camp is held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each student must bring his or her own instrument; beginners are encouraged to rent an instrument from a local music store for the duration of the camp. Students are instructed by certified public school music teachers. On various days of the camp, local musicians support their education by providing hands-on demonstrations. On July 3, students will show off their new music skills in front of family, friends, teachers and other supporters at the Summer Recital.

Saturday Music School

The other existing program of The Irvin Mayfield School of Music is its Saturday program, which was established as "Saturday Music School" in 2009.

Hosted at the University of New Orleans in the Performing Arts Center and under the direction of educator Keith Hart, the Saturday program's mission is to support and redefine music education in New Orleans by offering a free, comprehensive and diverse music education experience to our city's youth. It is designed for students, ages 8 to 17, currently enrolled in 17 schools in the Greater New Orleans area. Each semester, the program offers ensemble and small group instruction in Jazz band, strings, piano and voice. Each ensemble's curriculum is developed to encompass history, theory and performance techniques in Jazz, Classical and World Music. Throughout the year, student ensembles are featured in recitals and local festivals and events.

 

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About NOJI:

The New Orleans Jazz Institute, NOJO's education partnership with the University of New Orleans, links UNO's strengths in Jazz education with NOJO's professional and performance expertise and serves to promote creative excellence and best practices in Jazz composition, performance, scholarship, importation, exportation and education. NOJI hosts a medley of Jazz education and advancement initiatives, including year-round youth education programs through The Irvin Mayfield School of Music, biannual Jazz commissions entitled NOJI Masters Series, a regional high school Jazz band festival, and both classes and lectures about New Orleans culture.

About UNO:

The University of New Orleans is a comprehensive urban research university committed to providing educational excellence to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body. The University is one of the region's foremost public resources, offering a variety of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the region's industry, culture and economy. The University of New Orleans, as a global community asset, serves national and international students and enhances the quality of life in New Orleans, the state, the nation, and the world, by participating in a broad array of research, service learning, cultural and academic activities. For more information, please visitwww.uno.edu.

About NOJO:

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is a performing-arts organization whose goal is to strengthen the business of Jazz through performances, tours, recordings, education and media platforms. Founded in 2002 by trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, NOJO's mission is to inspire freedom and culture in the individual and the global community by creating authentic, engaging Jazz experiences, while celebrating the origins and transforming the future of Jazz. For more information, please visit www.TheNOJO.com.

NOJO's first building project, The New Orleans Jazz Market, will open in Spring 2015 as a performing arts venue and Jazz community center in Central City New Orleans. The Jazz Market will feature music education experiences for all ages, a New Orleans Jazz Archive, tributes to current and past Jazz Masters, and performances by Irvin Mayfield, NOJO and other renowned musicians. The Irvin Mayfield School of Music is currently planning new Jazz education and advancement initiatives for the Jazz Market, which will be announced later this year.

About Irvin Mayfield:

Irvin Mayfield, 36, is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 15 albums to his credit. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a professor at the University of New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute.

In 2009, Mayfield entered into a historic partnership with the Royal Sonesta Hotel and created Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, which brought "Jazz back to Bourbon Street" in the historic French Quarter. Mayfield was nominated to the National Council on the Arts by President George W. Bush and was subsequently appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Mayfield also received The Chancellor's Award from the University of New Orleans (the highest ranking award given to a professor) in 2010 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011.

A passionate advocate for New Orleans and for the arts, Mayfield is Chairman of the Board for the Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, as well as the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the New Orleans Public Library and serves on the boards of Citizens United for Economic Equity, Louisiana State University's Department of Psychiatry and Health Science, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, Tulane University's School of Architecture, Unity of Greater New Orleans, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Youth Rescue Initiative.