Academy Jazz Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student saxophonists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Jazz students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

Core Curriculum

Course

Term

Grade

Title

MUS0XX

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Private Lesson

MUS101-502

Fall & Spring

11,12,PG

Music Theory

MUS511-514

Fall & Spring

11,12,PG

Musicianship Skills

MUS099-100

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Studio

MUS305-308

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Jazz Improvisation I & II

MUS059-060

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Jazz Ensemble

MUS209-210

Fall & Spring

9,10,11,12,PG

Jazz History

Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble | The jazz ensemble performs concerts throughout the year. Repertoire is a combination of old and new music, teaching students how to perform in a variety of styles. Membership is determined through auditions that are held immediately before the semester begins.

Jazz Combo | The jazz combo is a select group of five to eight of the most experienced improvisers in the jazz program. The combo performs on-campus five or six times each year and is occasionally invited to off-campus performances as well. Students learn to apply their skills as improvisers and experience the chamber music quality of jazz. Wind players in the group also play in the jazz ensemble. Membership in this group is determined through auditions.

Faculty

Bill Sears

Director of Jazz Studies, Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Center for the Arts

M.M., Saxophone/Jazz Studies, Indiana University; B.M., Saxophone, Indiana University

Dr. Matthew Schlomer

Band Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Classical Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Camp; Conductor, Interlochen Symphony Orchestra; Guest Director, World Youth Wind Symphony

D.M.A., Instrumental Conducting, University of Wisconsin; M.M., Instrumental Conducting, University of Wisconsin; B.M., Music Education, University of Colorado