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2021 Tarleton Virtual Jazz Festival

This festival will offer your students the opportunity to perform and receive adjudication by well-respected jazz educators. Ensembles will submit a maximum of 15 minutes of recorded performances (audio or video) for adjudicators to review and make comments. There will also be an opportunity to have a 30-minute zoom session with one of the adjudicators to go over their comments in more detail and/or to perform live and get critiqued. 

Our Guest Artists this year are Chad Lewkowitz-Brown, Sean Jones, and a special guest TBA...he is a real "mean-green" jazz educator...Our adjudicators this year are Chris Bruya and Kris Berg. Here is more information on our guest artists. Here is more information on our adjudicators.

Students will get individual recognition through Outstanding Musician and Outstanding Soloist awards. Any student receiving an Outstanding Soloist award will receive a $500 scholarship to Tarleton State University.  Ensembles will have the option to receive ratings and comments or ratings only. Ensembles receiving ratings will be ranked according to class and the top ensemble for each class will receive recognition. 

The registration for the virtual festival is $100, which includes adjudicator comments, masterclasses with the guest artists, and a live-stream performance of the Tarleton Jazz Ensemble. To schedule a 30-minute zoom session with an adjudicator the day of the festival (April 24), it is additional $50. Click here to register for the festival. Payment is due by April 1, 2021 and recordings are due by 8:00 am on April 12. Please mail payments to:

Andrew Stonerock
Department of Fine Arts
Box T-0320
Stephenville, TX 76402


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About the Tarleton Jazz Festival

The Tarleton Jazz Festival invites high school and middle school ensembles from across the state of Texas in a celebration of jazz. Each ensemble performs for nationally-recognized jazz educators and get feedback in the form of written comments, audio comments while performing, and a clinic. The ensembles are then ranked by class, with one winner per class, and an overall winner is chosen. The adjudicators also select outstanding musicians and soloists that are recognized at the awards ceremony. Outstanding soloists are also awarded a $500 scholarship to attend Tarleton State

The students participating in the festival get free admission that includes watching other ensembles perform, attending clinics, and a seat at the awards concert. The awards concert features the winning ensemble from the previous year, as well as the Tarleton Jazz Ensemble with a featured guest artist.