Festival Guidelines and Schedule

Stage Time: Maximum stage time will be 25 minutes.  A warm-up room will be available 30 minutes in advance of your performance time.  Please limit your performance to three selections (approximately 15-20 minutes).  This will allow the clinicians time to give a short verbal critique and work with your band.  All ensembles will receive written comments from the clinicians.

Awards: Outstanding Soloist Certificates will be presented during the event.

Registration Deadline:  February 1, 2017.  Performance positions will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.  Send completed registration form together with a $100 registration fee (made out to Elon University Jazz Festival) to Rusty Smith, Music Department, 2800 Campus Box, Elon University, Elon, NC 27244.  You can also email forms to rsmith76@elon.edu and mail the check separately.

2017 Elon University Jazz Festival Schedule
All events are in McCrary Theater (except as noted), Center for the Arts, Elon University
Rusty Smith, Festival Director

Friday, February 17

10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.  Workshop/Master Class:  Visiting Band Performance Critiques
Rick Simerly and Elisa Pruett, facilitators


10:00 a.m.   Western Express Big Band, Michael Jefferson, director

10:30 a.m.   East Chapel Hill Jazz Combo II, Ryan Ellefsen, director

11:00 a.m.   East Chapel Hill Jazz Combo I, Ryan Ellefsen, director

11:30 a.m.   Knightdale High School Jazz Ensemble, Bill Holmes, director

12:00 p.m.   Grimsley High School Jazz Ensemble, Stefan Stuber, director

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. Capitol Art Ensemble (Georgetown Day), Brad Linde, director

2:00 p.m. Felinology (Georgetown Day), Brad Linde, director

2:30 p.m. Brovinology (Georgetown Day), Brad Linde, director

3:00 p.m. The Panther Jazz Collective (Pasquotank County HS), John Russell, director

3:30 p.m. Northeastern High School Jazz Ensemble, Wayne James, director

4:00 p.m. Chapel Hill High School Jazz Ensemble, John Carmichael, director

4:30 p.m. McDougle Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Luis Rodriguez, director

Saturday, February 18

12:00 p.m.   Workshop: Rick Simerly, facilitator

1:00 p.m.    Workshop: Elisa Pruett, facilitator

2:00 p.m.    Lunch Break, Campus Visit, Auditions

4:00 p.m.    Open Rehearsal:  Rick Simerly, Elisa Pruett, and the Elon University   
           Jazz Ensemble, Rusty Smith, director

5:00 p.m.    Open Rehearsal:  Small Group (Rick Simerly, Elisa Pruett, Chip Newton,
           Michael Hagan, Rusty Smith)

7:30 p.m.    Festival Concert featuring Rick Simerly, Elisa Pruett and the Elon University
           Jazz Ensemble, Rusty Smith, director  

9:30 p.m.    Concert After Party & Jam @ The Oak House (tentative)