This free, top-tier education program, led by renowned teacher Jason White takes young musicians – many of whom have never improvised or played jazz – and builds them into confident, creative performers in just 2 weeks. During the program, they learn to communicate on-stage without a conductor, to listen to themselves and to build arrangements as a group. Many of our workshop participants have credited the program as the reason they went on to study jazz at the post-secondary level, and several gigging groups have formed from the program’s alumni.
Ever-expanding its education and outreach offerings, our festival’s 25th-Anniversary season saw the creation of our Youth Jazz Choir, a training program led by popular singer/songwriter and voice teacher Joni NehRita. Principal topics include song writing, beatboxing, improvisation, and cross-genre jazz covers.source: uptownwaterloojazz.ca