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Jazz Studies


Tommy Poole

Jazz Studies Explores Metric Modulations with Poole

The jazz studies program hosted saxophonist Thomas “Tommy” Poole during its virtual jazz forum session on March 8, which explored metric modulations in jazz improvisation. Over the last three decades, metric modulations have become much more prominent in recorded jazz. Artists such as Chris Potter, Ari Hoenig, Jerry Bergonzi, Jean-Michel Pilc, Kenny Werner, and countless […]

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Live[stream] at Lunch

Introducing Live[stream] at Lunch Series

Shenandoah Conservatory introduces its new lunchtime series, Live[stream] at Lunch, which begins at 12:30 p.m. on Fridays during the spring 2021 semester. This new series features an array of performances by students and faculty from throughout the conservatory. The first concert presents musical theatre selections and popular music performed by musical theatre majors Alaina Droog […]

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Robert Larson

‘Practical Jazz Piano’ by Larson ’08 Released on Amazon

“Practical Jazz Piano: A Comprehensive Method,” a new self-published book by Harrison Endowed Chair in Piano, Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Jazz Piano Robert Larson ’08, D.M.A., was released on Amazon this month. “Practical Jazz Piano” offers a comprehensive method for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced pianists. This step-by step […]

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Alumni Successes

Daniel "D.K." Kelly '18 sitting in front of drum kit.

Conservatory Alumnus Wins Drum Mastery Contest

When Daniel “D.K.” Kelly II ’18 began his studies at Shenandoah Conservatory, he arrived as a musician steeped in gospel and marching band traditions. But after four years in the jazz studies program, the drummer emerged as a musician who, just a year after graduation, has been selected as the grand prize winner in the […]

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26th Annual Jazzathon And John Kirby Day Celebration

Winchester, Virginia – Shenandoah Conservatory, the NAACP of Winchester and Old Town Winchester partnered this year to combine the John Kirby Day Celebration with the 27th Annual Jazzathon on Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. through 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. This year’s event honors the contributions of Winchester-born jazz musician John Kirby. “The […]

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Carpenter family of Shenandoah University alumni for summer 2016 Shenandoah magazine

Carpenter Family Anchored to Shenandoah

What do a musician, nurse, basketball player and scientist have in common? More than you might think, when they’re all members of the Carpenter family, which wouldn’t even exist without Shenandoah University. Read more about them in the summer 2016 issue of Shenandoah magazine.

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