The Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program and Let My Children Hear Music/the Charles Mingus Institute will host the Sixth Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival on Feb. 15 and 16. Student musicians from California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin will attend workshops, play in jam sessions and compete in combo and big band categories. All of the sessions feature the music by Charles Mingus.
According to a press release, “The competition’s goal is to provide an opportunity for high school music students to explore the enormously varied works of Mingus, who left one of the largest and most personal legacies in 20th century American composition, and to find their own individual voices within the music.”
The competition is free and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Combo, Best Big Band, Outstanding Big Band Sections (in Regular and Specialized categories), Outstanding Soloists, Outstanding Student Arrangers, and the Mingus Spirit Award.
Each evening Mingus ensembles will perform at Manhattan’s Jazz Standard, and on Sunday evening (February 16), high school soloists selected earlier that day will be invited to sit in with the Mingus Big Band.
Sue Mingus and Justin DiCioccio are the festival’s co-producers.
For information about the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival, call 212-736-4749 or visit Manhattan School of Music or MingusMingusMingus.com. Manhattan School of Music is located on the northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street in New York City.