Sunday, March 1, 2020, 3 pm | Free Event
A Scarab Club/Wayne State Department of Music Collaboration
Wayne State University
Jazz Faculty Concert
Members of the Wayne State University Jazz Studies faculty come together to perform a program featuring original music and inspired new arrangements from the jazz repertoire.
About the Department of Music
Founded in 1918, Wayne State University’s Department of Music has earned a reputation for excellence in the US and abroad. Many members of the music faculty, including musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and some of the area’s finest jazz and vocal artists, have toured throughout the world as performers, clinicians, conductors and composers. Likewise, students in the department’s ensembles have won international competitions, toured Europe and Asia, and enjoyed repeated invitations to perform at major festivals and conferences. The department also is known for its preparation of music educators.
Wayne State University’s Department of Music celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018. Notable alumni include opera performer Dr. George Shirley and jazz great Kenny Burrell. Shirley was the 2015 National Medal of Arts winner and 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Opera Association. Kenny Burrell was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and Jazz Educator of the Year in 2005. The Department of Music is also home to the future Gretchen Valade Jazz Center.