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University of South Florida to Host First International Jazz Composers’ Symposium

The University of South Florida will host the first International Jazz Composer’s Symposium March 9-11. Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, and Dave Douglas are featured on a guest panel to the conference.

The conference will provide students, educators and musicians with forums for interacting with one another through lectures, master classes, research presentations, performances, new music reading sessions and panel discussions. The winning selections of a national call for papers and compositions will also be discussed and performed. Thirteen composers will have pieces read during new music sessions, six participants will present research papers and 14 will present research posters. The compositions will be performed by Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge in an open workshop setting and the guest panel will choose two pieces to be awarded a $500 prize.

The symposium is also hosting a panel discussion with members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Guests include Brian Camelio, CEO of ArtistShare; John Jones, Senior Vice President of Programming, Artist and Label Relations at MusicNet; Fran Richards, Vice President and Director of Concert Music for ASCAP; Nick Phillips, Vice President of Artist and Catalog Development for Concord; and Alan Bergmen, a music and entertainment attorney.

Registration for the conference is $110 and $75 for students. Registration forms can be found on the center’s website at Tickets to individual performances can be purchased through the USF Theatre Box Office by calling (813) 974-2323.

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