It is fall once again here in our Nationís Capital and that means a return to our Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. The youth orchestra is scheduled to reconvene on the second Sunday of September at Grace Episcopal Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. The second Sunday will be our annual auditions and the third Sunday will include an orientation by our Executive Director Harry Schnipper. The auditions will be conducted in the churchís Parish Hall between 12:45 pm-4:00 pm. The church is located at 1041 Wisconsin Avenue, NW and the hall is located directly to the north and adjacent to the church. The church and hall are located one block south of the Blues Alley Jazz nightclub and there is no private parking available.
The Orchestra is comprised of accomplished
student musicians ranging in age from 14-17 years old with their mission to
preserve and promote the big band jazz genre. Now in its 28th year the
Orchestra has performed at such mainstay venues as The John F. Kennedy Center,
The Smithsonian Institution, Voice of America, Carter Barron Amphitheater, Wolf
Trap Farm Park, Blues Alley and elsewhere.
The Orchestra was founded in 1985 along with
its parent Blues Alley Jazz Society and performs varied musical selections by
such successful jazz composers as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie
Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and others. The
Orchestra typically contains a full accompaniment of brass, strings and
percussion and attracts student musicians from Frederick to Fredericksburg.
Students also take part in both civic and educational trainings as they perform
in senior centers, at community functions and inside houses of worship.
Often performers traveling through Washington,
DC have volunteered in workshops and master classes while performing
simultaneously at the club. Guest artists have included Quincy Jones, McCoy
Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Jon Faddis, Terrence Blanchard and more. An orientation
occurs each second Sunday in September with a full rehearsal and performance
schedule from September through April and through July until August. The school
calendar includes weekly and monthly rehearsal and performance opportunities.
To learn more or to participate or perform with this truly unique Washington
musical experience please contact Mr. Bowie at
Michael.Bowie1@gmail.com or via
telephone at (202) 251-0536. Many musical opportunities may await you.