The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts announces the third year of its Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Program. The program, which was recently recommended for a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant, is accepting applications through Aug. 30 at www.mondaviarts.org/jazzallstars.
The High School All-Stars program provides advanced training for serious jazz students through rehearsals, clinics and master classes with jazz professionals and performance opportunities. It includes two separate programs: the High School All-Stars, an eight-person ensemble of the Sacramento region’s most talented high school musicians, and the all-new Improv Academy, consisting of monthly workshops focused on presenting concepts of improvisation and developmental skills to dedicated students.
Applicants may elect to apply to either the All-Stars or the Improv Academy, or to both. Those applying for the All-Stars may be selected for the Improv Academy at the discretion of the Mondavi Center.
Both programs are under the direction of Mike McMullen, a jazz studies faculty member at Sacramento State and founding member of the Sacramento-based Capital Jazz Project.
“While prior improvisational experience is not required for the Improv Academy, applicants should have good tone, read well, have strong mechanical skills and knowledge of scales,” McMullen said. “The clinics will cover concept and style, interactions within the group, harmony, ear training, rhythm, mechanical skills and listening.”