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News and Information from IAJE
(Published: March 16, 2007)

Conference Proposal Deadline:
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The 35th Annual IAJE International Conference returns to Toronto, Canada January 9-12, 2008. To be considered for the program, all clinic, panel, performance, and research presentation proposals must be received by April 10, 2007. Applications are available on the IAJE web site and in most issues of the Jazz Education Journal.

Commission Competition Deadlines:
April 1, 2007

April 1st is the deadline for the Gil Evans Commission, the ASCAP/IAJE Commissions for establised and emerging composers, and the SOCAN/IAJE Phil Nimmons Established Composer Award. For more information on these commisions go to the talent recognition page on the IAJE web site.

Teacher Training Institutes
IAJE has joined forces with MENC
: The National Association for Music Education and a host of industry sponsors, to present two intensive 2 1/2 day Teacher Training Institutes. The institutes are June 14-16 at Ecker Hill Auditorium in Park City, Utah, and June 21-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For more information, call IAJE at (785) 776-8744, e-mail tti@iaje.org, or visit www.iaje.org/tti.asp.

Career Opportunities at IAJE
IAJE is currently accepting applications for the positions of Associate Executive Director, Education Programs Manager, and Office Assistant. More information and detailed job descriptions for each position are available on the IAJE web site at www.iaje.org/employment.asp.

Jazz Education Journal - Call for Manuscripts
The Jazz Education Journal has issued a call for manuscripts for possible publication in the JEJ on topics of interest to its members. Ideas include "Starting an ElementaryJazz Band," "Hiring a Guest Artist," and "Podcasting Your Lesson Plan" as well as the collection of empirical data regarding jazz education programs in colleges and universities around the world. For additional information review the authoring guidelines at www.iaje.org/iaje.aspx?pid=63.

Big Phat Band Talent Search
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band invites IAJE members to perform on its next album by way of a talent search called The Big Phat Jam. The eight-week, competitive talent search, launching March 19, is looking for the best jazz improvisational skills. Additionally, a special vocal category will give entrants an opportunity to sing with the band. Hand-selected by the Big Phat Band, winners will be featured with the 18 piece jazz big band on a new album, to be released in late 2007 on Immergent. For all the details go to www.bigphatjam.com.

2008 National Performing Arts Convention - Taking Action Together
Denver, Colorado - June 10-15, 2008
NPAC is a national convention representing jazz, opera, dance, theatre, early music, chamber music, orchestras, choruses, presenting organizations, and more. The event consists of facilitated discussions and "Town Hall" meetings about pressing issues intended to inspire joint action including informative, interactive, and inspiring plenary sessions, seminars, in-depth workshops, and breakout sessions. Visit www.performingartsconvention.org for more information and take the 10-minute survey on programming for the conference at www.zoomerang.com. IAJE is pleased to participate as a member of this NPAC Coalition.

Jazz Appreciation Month
Every April, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) encourages people of all ages to discover jazz -- to attend concerts, listen to jazz recordings and jazz radio, learn new music, read books about jazz, watch videos and movies about jazz and support institutional jazz programs. The Smithsonian Institution is publicizing this international observance and wants your information. If you are holding a public JAM event, please e-mail complete details to jazz@si.edu, so it can be listed on the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History web site.

Unheard Original Compositions of Duke Ellington Available
In support of Jazz Appreciation Month and Duke Ellington's birthday on April 29th, the American Jazz Museum, the Duke Ellington Legacy, and the International Association for Jazz Education will make newly transcribed and never-before-heard Duke Ellington big band charts available free of charge to AJM and IAJE members. Members will be able to access the music charts via the Museum's website, www.americanjazzmuseum.org. All users will be required to create a login and verify their membership.

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