DFJE/Schubert Club Piano Workshop

FEB 2, 2013

Location: St. Paul Central High School
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

What: A Day of Presentations and Clinics for Middle and High School Pianists (free)

When: February 2, 2013, 10:30 am – 4 pm (lunch included), with follow-up clinic on March 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: St Paul Central High School, 275 Lexington Parkway, St Paul (March location TBA)

Clinicians: National guest artist Lynne Arriale is on the faculty of the University of North Florida where she teaches piano and jazz ensembles. With a dozen acclaimed albums as leader, Arriale is one of the most praised pianists in modern jazz. She has performed at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis and at clubs and festivals throughout the world.

Laura Caviani teaches piano at St. Olaf College in Northfield and at the Shell Lake Jazz Camp. She leads her own trio and quartet, plays with the Pete Whitman X-Tet, and with many other artists throughout the region. (Visit www.lauracaviani.com)

Bryan Nichols teaches piano at MacPhail Center for Music and at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He was a member of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program and McKnight Fellow. Currently he leads his own ensembles and performs with many top artists including Todd Clouser, Zacc Harris, Dave King, Adam Linz, Chris Bates, Michael Lewis and more. (Visit www.bryannichols.org)

Audience: This workshop day is intended to address skill building for three levels of pianists. A) students with a background in classical piano who are curious about jazz but have no experience or training in jazz piano; B) jazz piano students at a beginning to intermediate level of experience and training (some jazz piano instruction, some experience with jazz band); C) advanced jazz piano students –at least two years of jazz piano instruction and performance experience.

The Workshop: On February 2, students will begin the day in one large group, hearing our national guest artist Lynne Arriale talk about the history and challenges of jazz piano, particularly making the transition from classical to jazz piano. Our Minnesota clinicians will also talk about developing skills as jazz pianists. After a break for lunch (provided), students will participate in clinics designed for each skill level. The day will end with a mini concert presented by our three clinicians and one or two selected students.

All students in Group B and C (beginning through advanced jazz piano students) will be automatically registered for the two-hour follow-up clinic on March 9th. This clinic will be conducted by Laura Caviani and Bryan Nichols, and will extend the skill building activities of the first workshop. (Space permitting, interested students in Group A will be invited to observe or participate in the follow-up.)

Scholarships. All students attending the February 2nd workshop will be entered in a drawing for two – $250 piano lesson scholarships, one each with Laura Caviani and Bryan Nichols. The drawing will take place at the end of the workshop. (Scholarship winners will arrange lessons with the instructor.) Scholarships are provided by endowments to the Schubert Club from the families of Marie Froehlich and David Paulus.

There is no charge for the  February or March workshops.

Registration. The February 2nd workshop is limited to a total of 30 participants with a limit of ten students in Group A (classical students with no jazz experience).  Complete registration online (jazzworksshops2013.eventbrite.com).

The Jazz Piano Workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, funded in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and by generous endowments to the Schubert Club from the families of David Paulus, Marie Froehlich and Jane Matteson. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of Wells Pianos (St Paul).

2 thoughts on “DFJE/Schubert Club Piano Workshop

  1. Clicked the link (eventbrite) to register my son for the Februrary workshop, but it doesn’t come up on eventbrite.com. Is the workshop full? Will there be another one? Thanks!

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