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USC Jazz Girls Day

An open invitation to South Carolina middle and high school girls to attend USC for a day of masterclasses, connection, concert and jam session.

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Mission

Jazz at USC presents JAZZ GIRLS DAY, an annual initiative that invites and inspires girls from South Carolina to join the Jazz Faculty at the School of Music for a day filled with learning, playing, and performing. One of the goals of the day is to help girls around the state prepare for their All-State jazz auditions, although this is not a requirement to attend. The idea behind JAZZ GIRLS DAY is not only to welcome girls to start or continue playing jazz but also encourage South Carolina music educators to encourage girls to play jazz.

Vision

I’m thrilled to announce that my SEC Southeastern Conference Travel Grant has been approved! This is a big step in the rollout of the nationalization of Jazz Girls Day. I’m as excited to share that this partnership will be with Dr. Molly Redfield at Louisiana State University. It’s particularly special because both Molly and I have earned Assistant Professor of Jazz positions at two huge Southeastern Conference schools, so it only makes sense to help the rollout, community building and launch of JGD x LSU in the ’22-’23 academic year.

USC JGD will partner with Louisiana State University School of Music on the creation of the JGD Manual, a practical guide for hosting the event, which will be distributed to all universities and communities that would like to launch their own Jazz Girls Days. In addition to the manual, the University of South Carolina School of Music will unveil an official Jazz Girls Day Curriculum which will be particularly helpful in regard to content, topics and information. The JGD Curriculum will also include a special Jazz Girls Day Women in Jazz History lecture, curated by yours truly, that will utilize Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, among scholarly sources as well.