Fredonia Jazz Society announces 2019 student competition

The Fredonia Jazz Society is pleased to host the 2019 Student Jazz Competition. It is open to any and all students ages 15 to 22 years old (inclusively) as of Oct. 1, and whose current residence is within approximately a 100-mile radius of Fredonia as of that same date.

“We want to hear from any student who is interested in jazz, regardless of what they play or the specific nature of their studies,” said Karl Boelter, president of the Fredonia Jazz Society and director emeritus of the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia. “Our goal is to discover a blossoming talent, and to give the chance for it to be heard by an appreciative audience.”

All auditionees will receive a certificate of participation. The winner(s) of the contest will also receive a $100 prize plus a guest appearance at Jazz at Domus Fare on Thursday, April 23. There may be more than one winner. The Jazz Society reserves the right not to name a winner if that is the recommendation of the judges.

The deadline for application is Oct. 1. All auditions will be held in person at the School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, on Sunday, Oct. 27. The materials and procedures are posted online. All information about the contest, its rules and application can be found at https://www.fredoniajazzsociety.com/student-competition.

The Fredonia Jazz Society supports and hosts live performance and related activities around Western New York for the benefit of music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. With an emphasis on high standards and on local and guest artists, the aim is to enhance the quality of life through music and arts.