Community Arts Program (CAP)
Wins 2013 Knight Arts Challenge!
To introduce more young Miamians to jazz, Miami’s Community Arts Program (CAP) will expand its Conservatory for the Arts to include an exciting and innovative after-school jazz institute. This is made possible through support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, which has awarded $100,000 to the Community Arts Program for its Miami Jazz Institute.
Since its inception in the early 20th century, jazz has been a reflection of American culture and is widely considered as the truly original American art form. Yet many graduate from high school with little knowledge of the historical importance and practical applications of jazz. The Community Arts Program solution to this is a Miami Jazz Institute (MJI) that will stimulate children through the richness of jazz as they understand its place in American history, its musical structure, and its practical applications in one-on-one lessons on a chosen instrument and in performance as soloists and as part of MJI performing ensembles that reflect Miami’s diversity. With sliding-scale tuition based on need, the Miami Jazz Institute will make it possible for more children to participate. Read more…
CAP Student Performance Groups are Poised and Ready for Action!
The CAP Young Musicians’ Junior and Intermediate Orchestras, Advanced Chamber Orchestra, ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble and—our newest edition—the Jazz PREP Band, have begun their 2013-2014 rehearsal and performance schedules! Another season took flight on Thursday, September 5. Each Thursday evening through May 2014, these ensembles will meet within the Coral Gables United Church of Christ Arts & Education wing rehearsal spaces.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining, we’d love to hear. And now, it’s easier than ever. Click on the above “Jazz Ensembles” or “Young Musicians’ Orchestras” icon; then apply to be part of all the music making and learning. You’ll be contacted upon receipt of your online application.
This year’s schedule includes a 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 22 Overtown Holiday Spectacular! (back by popular demand!) at the Historic St. Agnes’ Episcopal Church; a Sunday, October 13 All that Jazz concert at the Merrick House; two live, one-hour radio shows on WDNA; a recording for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington; a Saturday, May 17 Family Concert in the Coral Gables United Church of Christ sanctuary and, along the way, invaluable learning experiences for children and youth.
Accepting Applications for the 2013-2014 CAP Saturday Music Classes
In October, the Community Arts Program (CAP) Conservatory for the Arts began its 2013-2014 Saturday Music Classes for Miami-Dade County children and youth. The CAP Conservatory for the Arts Saturday Music Classes meets October through April within the in-kind classroom spaces on the Ransom Everglades Upper School campus in Coconut Grove.
Each Saturday, a diverse group of Miami-Dade children attends CAP Saturday Music Classes. There, they engage in top-notch instrument training—violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, and voice—coupled with classes in written and aural music theory, performance practice and 360-Forums (where parents attend classes with their children) taught by our 22-member (and growing) music faculty.
If you have, or know of, a child (ages 5-18) ready for challenging, exhilarating and well-rounded music learning, call the Community Arts Program at 305.448.7421, x 120. Additional information and application are also available here. Above, click on the “Saturday Music Classes” icon; learn more and apply to be part of a great music-learning experience.
The CAP 2013 Summer Concert Series
It Sure DID Swing Some Soul!
What a terrific Community Arts Program (CAP) 2013 Summer Concert Series! This year’s series, titled Then Swings My Soul, presented some of the world’s finest classical and jazz artists. From an incredible June 13 opening with jazz vocalist Catherine Russell (fronted by our very own CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble) to pianist Orli Shaham’s intriguing recital, critics’ rave reviews of Pepe Romero’s stunning guitar recital, the “smokin’” Brubeck Brothers Quartet, the incredible big band sounds of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra and a stellar John Pizzarelli with his brother Martin bringing down the house, it sure DID swing some soul!
June 13 through August 22, more than 2,000 people passed through our doors for a CAP Summer Concert Series touted by critics as “THE summer place for great concerts….” Moreover, we were brimming with an extravagant welcome and spirit that make the CAP Summer Concert Series one special event! Here’s to the Community Arts Program (CAP) 2014 Summer Concert Series, June 5 through August 14!
The Community Arts Program (CAP) ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble was one of 15 finalist bands chosen—from nearly 100 applicants from across the country and Canada—to take part in the prestigious 2013 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. The three-day festival began on Friday, May 10, with the finalist bands’ arrival at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. The students made their way to Rose Theater through a congratulatory “cheer tunnel” of staff members, musicians and press. A One on One with Wynton Marsalis was followed by section workshops, rehearsals, a banquet dinner and jam sessions with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JALCO).