Founded in 2013, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Alumni Program is designed to maintain engagement with High School All-Star program alumni in a way that fosters their own creativity and artistry. SFJAZZ strives to support local artists, including those who have come through the institution internally as students and contributors. The Alumni Program not only recognizes and rewards High School All-Stars alumni for their artistry, it is valuable to current High School All-Stars as an educational and inspirational experience. The All-Stars Alumni Program creates opportunities that include:
Mentoring the current crop of All-Stars - Alumni are paired one-on-one with current Mentorship Students in order to work on rehearsal strategies, gig planning, time management, auditions, and networking. Contact Ensemble Coordinator Erin Putnam for more information - email@example.com
Teaching artist positions - Alumni with pedagogical experience teach clinics during the year, free summer workshops during the summer, and sit on our audition panels as adjudicators.
Performance opportunities - In addition to major performances on both our stages, alumni are featured in Education programs such as Koret Discover Jazz, master classes, etc. The Education department also presents an annual Alumni Showcase in which an alumni bandleader is chosen to assemble a combo of alumni and perform original compositions and arrangements.
Commission awards - SFJAZZ Education supports High School All-Stars alumni through the commissioning of original pieces for the High School All-Stars Orchestra. Alumni are invited to submit original works for consideration to be performed by the big band ensemble, with the selected composer receiving an award to complete the work.
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Online features - Alumni are highlighted on SFJAZZ social media channels by way of: monthly alumni interviews on the SFJAZZ blog, press features on HSAS and SFJAZZ Facebook pages, and promotion of upcoming performances. Alumni are also invited to write op eds and be guest bloggers, especially in tandem with upcoming programing. Contact Ensemble Coordinator Erin Putnam for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships - All-Stars alumni are exclusively considered for SFJAZZ Education Department internships, both paid and unpaid. These internships function as real-world experience and research for performance studies, music education, business economics, musicology, ethnomusicology, program management, etc.