2015 April
President’s Letter

PresidentS' letters

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 JEN begins to organize and sift through these several hundred submissions, I can sense that our Louisville conference promises to be spectacular.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. April 30 is International Jazz Day. These offer special opportunities to enjoy and promote jazz. I encourage all to join in by presenting, attending and supporting jazz events as we unite in a global celebration of this wonderful art form we call jazz.

My high school got a head start on this in our recent tour of South Africa. Below is an introduction of our profoundly successful journey and our ongoing connections with South Africa followed by tour updates that were sent back home during the trip. You are warmly invited to share our experiences.


Bob Sinicrope
JEN President
Milton Academy Jazz Director

charlotte lang

Swiss/Dutch saxophonist Charlotte Lang was born in 1996 in Basel and studied the bachelor and master program at the JAZZCAMPUS Basel under the guidance of Domenic Landolf and Daniel Blanc. She is currently studying the Master of Music in Global Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston under the artistic direction of Danilo Pérez. In addition she is part of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.


From 2015 to 2018, Charlotte she was a member of the Swiss National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Christian Muthspiel. Since 2020, she became a member of the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra (Bundesjazzorchester Deutschland), under the direction of Niels Klein and Ansgar Striepens. She also plays is the Austrian FJO (Frauen Jazz Orchester→Women Jazz Orchestra of Austria).


In 2021, Charlotte founded her own Quintet the „Charlotte Lang Group“, for what she is composing, arranging and booking. In the fall 2023, her first album will be recorded and hopefully released by a renowned label.


Charlotte plays in the “Swiss Jazz Orchestra” and the “Zurich Jazz Orchestra”, the two professional Big Bands of Switzerland.

Charlotte recently got the unique opportunity to write a monthly blog for the Swiss Jazz & Blues Magazine called JAZZTIME, to tell readers about her time at abroad and specifically her time at Berklee. Her graduate program lasts only until the summer of 2023. She hopes to stay in the United States to enlarge her network and build her musical career.