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July 16, 2012
Contact: Marci Larsen
Snow College
435-283-7013 (office)
435-851-1230 (cell)
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Juilliard Jazz Festival & Workshop

EPHRAIM –-As part of its ongoing collaboration with the Juilliard School in New York City, Snow College is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Juilliard Jazz Workshop, July 16-21, 2012.

The event will be held in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts on the Ephraim campus of Snow College. The workshop will attract 110 student musicians from 17 US states and 8 foreign countries and feature faculty from both the Juilliard School and Snow College.

This year, the workshop will include a concert featuring Kurt Bestor and the Crescent Super Band on Friday, July 20, at 7:00 and a festival concert on Saturday, July 21, beginning at 6 p.m. at the lawn east of the Noyes Building. The concert will feature Juilliard faculty members Carl Allen, Ben Wolfe, Rodney Jones, Ron Blake, Willie Applewhite, James Burton III, Frank Kimbrough, Etinenne Charles, and vocalists Kelly Eisenhour, and Jackie Ryan.

Tickets are available at the Eccles center Box Office prior to the show by calling 435-283-7472, or at the event the day of the show.  Guests are also invited to attend the full-day of family activities on Saturday.  There will be “Kids’ Swing!” including the Summerhays’ “Musical Petting Zoo,” Snow Follies, and music fun along with a discussion/presentation on, “What to Listen for in Jazz.”  All of these events are free to the public.

The roots of Snow’s collaboration with Juilliard Jazz go back to 2005, when Snow hosted the Juilliard Jazz Rhythm Section Workshop for the first time. Since that time, the collaboration has flourished, expanding into residencies in dance and music during the academic year and the addition of a summer theater workshop, now in its fifth year.

The growth of the Rhythm Section Workshop resulted in the decision to expand the workshop’s scope to include winds and voice. The collaboration resulted in Snow’s hiring of Juilliard graduate James Burton III as the school’s Director of Jazz Studies four years ago. Burton returned to Juilliard to teach this fall, and Snow now employs Willie Applewhite, another hand-picked Juilliard graduate as the Director of Jazz Studies.

The collaboration between these two schools may seem odd, given the difference of their geographic regions, but the commitment to teaching exceptional music students unites them together.  A new name for the festival and a new degree at the College add to the excitement of this year’s festival.  Benny Golson, a world-famous saxophonist and jazz composer, is honored to have his name associated with festival, and faculty members at both schools are thrilled with the newly-approved four-year Bachelor of Music Degree in Commercial Music.  Both speak to the quality of what is happening in Central Utah for serious music students. Snow’s first transfer student to the Juilliard Jazz, Andrew Wagerrman, just completed his first year in New York City, and both schools look forward to providing future opportunities for students.

“It continues to be rewarding to provide world-class educational opportunities to Utah students as a result of this collaboration,” said Vance Larsen, Snow College Dean of Fine Arts. “We are delighted this year to add the name of Benny Golson to our festival.  A new academic program, completed supported by our friends at Juilliard, will begin this fall.  We certainly look forward to many more years of a successful relationship.”


Founded in 1888, Snow College serves nearly 5,000 students on its Ephraim and Richfield Campuses. With a full offering of transfer and career and technical programs, Snow College is committed to meeting the needs of Central Utah and beyond.

NOTE FOR EDITORS AND REPORTERS: Coverage of the workshop and media interviews can be arranged by calling Marci Larsen at 435-851-1230 or Vance Larsen at 435-851-2558.