On Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music will welcome the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival, which brings together local high school jazz ensembles and top-notch jazz educators.
Now in its thirteenth year, the Festival gives student musicians from nine ensembles the chance to receive professional feedback and instruction. During the day, the high school musicians gather at Sleepy Hollow High School where they perform three selections for leading jazz educators who lead a hands-on clinic for each band.
The top three bands are invited to perform at 7:30 p.m. that evening at The PepsiCo Theatre at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. The concert will also include a special performance by the acclaimed Purchase Jazz Orchestra.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and may be purchased by calling (914) 251-6200 or visiting www.artscenter.org.
This year’s ensembles include: Ardsley High School Jazz Ensemble, Lakeland High School Jazz Ensemble, Mamaroneck High School Jazz Band, Mahopac High School Jazz Ensemble, Monroe-Woodbury High School Jazz Ensemble, Sleepy Hollow High School Jazz Band, Valhalla High School Jazz Ensemble, and White Plains High School Jazz Band.
Purchase College faculty members, including bassist Todd Coolman, saxophonist Gary Smulyan, and trombonist Tim Albright, will serve as coaches and mentors at this year’s festival.
Micah Sprague, Festival Director and Director of the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Band, said, “What sets this festival apart is the contribution of our guest artists, who are outstanding musicians and educators. The bands greatly benefit from hearing each other’s feedback. It’s a day of musical sharing and growth.”
Peter Malinverni, Head of Jazz Studies at Purchase College, who served as a judge and coach for the festival in previous years, observed the talent coming out of the festival, and saw an opportunity for recruiting potential students.
Malinverni said, “Westchester County boasts a real gem in our Purchase College Jazz studies program, which features some of New York City’s great artists as engaged, present faculty. Our dedicated students, drawn from several continents, are destined for great things. We’re pleased to partner with Micah Sprague and the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival, and grateful for the chance to expose the talented festival participants to our faculty and campus facilities, so that they’ll know we are here, ready to serve them on the next steps of their musical journeys.”
The Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival is supported by The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns.
About Purchase College–SUNY
Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College–SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu