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The New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra Conducted By Ken Schaphorst Presents Spring Concert On Tuesday, May 19 In NEC’s Jordan Hall

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Orchestra Includes 17 Members from 12 Massachusetts Cities and Towns

The New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Ken Schaphorst, presents a program at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. The free concert will feature music of Thad Jones, Ken Schaphorst, Kenny Dorham, Horace Silver and Dizzy Gillespie. The NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra is comprised of middle and high school students from across the region. For more information, log on to necmusic.edu or call 617-585-1260.

Founded in 2008 by NEC Jazz Studies Department chair Ken Schaphorst, the YJO is the only community jazz orchestra of its kind in the Boston area, open by audition to all musicians high school age or younger. The ensemble strives to give young musicians opportunities to learn and perform together in an environment of high expectations and standards.

The NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra includes Marshfield Hills resident Lauren Galante on saxophone; Needham residents Peter Goldberg on saxophone; Samuel Atallah on trumpet, and Michael Sabin on trombone; Newton residents Noah Klavens on drums and Harrison Miller on trombone; Arlington residents Diego Opperman and Nathaniel Williams, both on trumpet; Lexington residents George Estey on bass and Sean Kim on drums; Marlborough resident Sarah Hanahan on saxophone; Medfield resident Ryan MacLean on saxophone; Norfolk resident Patrick Noonan on saxophone; Southborough resident Hyun Shin on trumpet; Milton resident William Hess on trombone; Hatchville resident Gibson Leavitt on trombone; and Whitinsville resident Isabel Tonelli-Sippel on guitar.

NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. The brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became President of the Conservatory in 1967, the Jazz Studies faculty has included six MacArthur “genius" grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters, and alumni that reads like a who’s who of jazz. Now in its 44th year, the program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers. As Mike West writes in JazzTimes: “NEC’s jazz studies department is among the most acclaimed and successful in the world; so says the roster of visionary artists that have comprised both its faculty and alumni.” The program currently has 114 students; 67 undergraduate and 47 graduate students from 12 countries.

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