The Jazz Education Network (JEN) selected sophomore composition major Andrew Herring’s piece titled “27” for performance at the 2016 JEN Young Composer Showcase at the Seventh Annual JEN Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Herring was one of four finalists and his work was performed by the Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Eight members of Shenandoah Conservatory’s Jazz Education Network Student Chapter attended the JEN Conference. Along with the performance of Herring’s piece, junior jazz studies majors Michael Christie, trumpet, and Nathan Davis, trombone, performed with the National Jazz Workshop All-Stars.
The Jazz Education Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences. Founded in 2008, JEN serves more than 1,500 members in 23 countries, every state in the United States and seven Canadian provinces.
Herring is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition and studies composition with Director of Composition and Coordinator of New Music Jonathan Newman, M.M., and jazz arranging with Jazz Composer-in-Residence and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies Alan Baylock, M.M.