2021 Jazz Festival Information

Purpose:

The purpose of the Springfield Music Club Jazz festival is to promote the study and performance of the American Jazz Form and its offshoot genres by vocal, piano, and other instrumental performers of all ages and levels in a non-competitive setting.

The genres that students may perform at the festival include: spirituals, blues, ragtime, gospel, jazz, boogie woogie, marches, big band, and rock ‘n roll.

Students attending the in-person event will have the opportunity to enjoy treats and play with percussionist and NSO drummer, Professor Joe Connell, after their adjudication session. All CDC and FCPS Covid-19 mitigation measures (social distancing, masks, sanitizing pianos between each performance, etc.) will be strictly observed.

Event Date: November 6, 2021

Postmark Application Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021

Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 8922 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
(Virtual Option Available - Date and Time TBD)

Fee: $20, Solo Performances Only

Levels:

  1. K - 3
  2. 4 - 6
  3. 7 - 9
  4. 10 - 12
  5. Older Beginner
  6. Adult

Repertoire Requirements:

  • Solo entrants perform two pieces by memory.
  • Arrangements may be used.
  • Both pieces must be a minimum of 16 measures - improvisations may be used for intro or coda. Write into the music how many measures of intro or coda will be played.

Teacher Guidelines:

  • The application and ratings sheets can be found at www.springfieldmusicclub.org.
  • Make two copies of the rating sheet for each student.
  • Participants will be rated on accuracy, rhythm, technique, phrasing, continuity, dynamics and memory.

Awards:

  • All participants receive written comments, a certificate, and a commemorative wristband.
  • Participants receiving a Superior Plus from both judges will receive a medal and will be invited (not required) to participate in the video Honors Recital. Participating students will record their own performances and submit them, along with the media release, to Lisa Thomas by Monday, November 15. Specific directions will be provided at a later date.