Jazz Pensacola Seeks Entrants for Student Jazz Competition

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A scene from the 2018 Student Jazz Competition.


Take heed and spread the word: Jazz Pensacola’s 2018 Student Jazz Competition is seeking entrants.
The finals of this year’s competition will be 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Pensacola State College, Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, Florida.

Three finalists from each Division will perform in the live finals at the Ashmore. The event is free and open to the public. Awards for first, second and third place in each Division, ranging from $100 to $500, must be used for music education expenses.

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Application requirements: Applying instrumentalists and vocalists must reside and attend school (including homeschooling for High School Division) in the greater Pensacola area including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties in Florida and Baldwin County in Alabama.

The application process includes submitting a recording of two jazz solos with backing performances, which will be judged in a preliminary round to select the three applicants in each division to go on to the live finals.
The Student Competition page of the Jazz Pensacola website contains the downloadable 2018 application, which features additional information regarding the application process and requirements.

Also on that page are backing tracks in the various divisions that can be downloaded and used for the submission sample.

Application deadline is Feb. 23, 2018. Be sure to spread the word to all student musicians and music faculty members that you know.

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For more information on the competition and to download a 2018 application, see jazzpensacola.com/ student-competition/.

Jazz Pensacola is a non-profit organization of business and professional people, musicians, teachers, students and listeners working together for the purpose of advancing jazz music and education in Pensacola and the surrounding area.

For membership and information, call (850) 433-8382, or visit jazzpensacola.com.


Looking ahead to 2019

Application requirements: Applying instrumentalists and vocalists must reside and attend school (including homeschooling for High School Division) in the greater Pensacola area including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida and Baldwin County in Alabama.

Application process includes submitting a recording of two jazz solos with backing performances, which will be judged in a preliminary round to select the three applicants in each division to go on to the live finals.

Applications for the 2019 competition will be posted soon. In the meantime, you can learn more about the process by downloading the 2018 application and flyer, which contain additional information regarding the application process and requirements. Keep an eye on this page for 2019 application deadlines.

Click here to download the informational flyer. (PDF, 250K)

Click here to download the application form. (PDF, 350K)

—from a submitted press release


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