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2016 May
President’s Letter

Greetings, This month I’d like to address a few items I hope are of interest to you: Conference Submissions, Board Nominations, Officer Selections JEN is in the midst of making our annual major selections in three areas – conference submissions, board nominations and officer selections.  A year ago I shared with you the details of […]

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2016 March
President’s Letter

Insights and Tips on JEN Conference Submissions and Board Selection Before I became involved with the JEN Board, I remember wondering about the procedures for applying and selection to perform or present at the conference and to become a Board member. This month’s President’s Message will hopefully offer you insights about JEN’s approach to these […]

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2015 June
President’s Letter

Greetings, As we launch into the warmer summer months, things are heating up for JEN in many regards. The JEN Conference performance and presentation offerings are currently being evaluated and processed. Great news! – we have once again received an extraordinary number of submissions from individuals and groups who are willing to volunteer their skill, […]

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2015 May
President’s Letter

Ever wonder about the inner workings of JEN’s selection processes for Board members, Officers and Conference Submissions? Before I became involved in JEN administrative duties, I always wondered how these decisions were made. I have been on both sides of the result in having the honor of performing and presenting at conferences and also having […]

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2015 April
President’s Letter

Happy April! For many of us this month brings much activity. March 31 was the deadline for submissions to present or perform at our 2016 Louisville JEN conference. It is most heartening to see the intense volume of applications from individuals and groups who want to share their wisdom and talent at our conference. As […]

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2015 March
President’s Letter

Dear Friends, You know me as a co-founder and past president of Jazz Education Network but I also oversee the Outreach program and JAZZ2U grants with Mike Vax and Phil Dunlap. I want to update our members about the wonderful happenings in these JEN initiatives! President Bob Sinicrope chose the 2015 conference theme in San […]

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2015 February
President’s Letter

Dear JEN community, Many of us are still enjoying the afterglow from our spectacular 2015 San Diego JEN Conference. More than 3,500 people attended and heard fantastic professional and student music groups, inspiring keynote speeches by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Bergeron, attended informative clinics, panels and research presentations, experienced the offerings of our exhibitors and […]

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2015 January
President’s Letter

In 2008, in the wake of a void, some courageous, forward looking lovers of jazz and jazz education gathered in a Chicago airport motel to discuss the creation of an organization to serve jazz education. Led by Mary Jo Papich and Lou Fischer, the 37 attendees hammered out bylaws, a mission statement, and a name. […]

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2014 December
President’s Letter

Seasons Greetings! It is hard to believe we are five weeks away from the largest jazz gathering in the world at the 6thAnnual Jazz Education Network Conference in San Diego, January 7-10, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt! JAZZ is emphasized with a guaranteed plethora of styles to fit your taste among the 80+ concerts on our […]

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2014 November
President Elect Letter

‘Tis the Season… to Network and be Inspired By Caleb Chapman JEN President-Elect, Educator, Musician As we approach the end of the year, we enter my favorite season. The weather gets colder and we begin to prepare for a variety of holidays, travel, gift giving, and resolutions for a new year. Most importantly, it is […]

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