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June 24 • 08:42 AM
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Youth Jazz Percussion Workshop Offered at Belleayre Aug. 9 & 10


06/15/2012 - A free Jazz Improvisation Percussion Workshop for students, taught by three of the genre's rising stars, is being offered this summer by the Belleayre Music Festival.

The first annual Student Jazz Workshop, to be held Aug. 9 and 10, provides an outstanding opportunity to study with one of the most important young artists in jazz, vibraphonist Stefon Harris. The program offers serious music students a two-day emersion in jazz improvisation with Chris Earley and Mike Treat, followed by a master class with Harris and public performance at Belleayre Music Festival's renowned Jazz Club.

The workshop is open to students ages 12-17. Percussive experience is not required, but a school music teacher or other music instructor must recommend students for acceptance into the program.

Instruction and the final performance will take place in the Overlook Lodge at Belleayre Mountain at 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount. The sessions run from noon to 5 p.m. each day with the master class starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 10. The performance with Stefon Harris follows that evening in the Belleayre Jazz Club.

The Belleayre Conservatory (which operates the Belleayre Music Festival), is sponsoring the workshop in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Woodstock Chimes Fund and the SUNY Ulster County Music Department.

The deadline to apply for admission to the workshop is June 20. For additional information, please contact Barbara Mansfield at 845 254-5600, ext. 1411 or e-mail: babsmansfield2@gmail.com

To learn more about the festival, please visit: belleayremusic.org. Belleayre Mountain is located in the heart of New York's Catskill Mountain region. The area is located just off Route 28 and is 37 miles west of Thruway Exit 19 at Kingston; 55 miles southeast of Oneonta on Route 28; 40 miles from the Route 17 exit at Roscoe; and 95 miles southwest of Albany and just two hours north of NYC.

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