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University of South Florida to Host International Jazz Composers’ Symposium

Jazz composers from Iceland to Swaziland can converge on the campus of the University of South Florida in the coming months for the first annual Jazz Composers’ Symposium, to be held from March 9-11. Featuring workshops and panels with Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Douglas, John Clayton and Chuck Owen, the symposium will also host performances, lectures, masterclasses and discussions.

The symposium has an open call for papers and scores, both of which must be postmarked by Nov. 4. Both are open to scholars and composers of all ages and the call for papers welcomes research on aspects related to jazz composition, including analysis, historical perspective, the creative process, criticism and business models. The papers may be presented in either poster form, traditional paper or as a clinic/panel discussion. The call for scores is open to big band or small group scores, with selected pieces to be performed by Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge. One of the new works will also be selected by a panel to receive an additional public performance and a cash prize of $500.

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