The Young Composer Showcase spotlights young jazz composers, giving students an opportunity to have an original composition recognized and performed at an International level.
JEN membership required to be eligible.
JEN is committed to representing and cultivating diversity in all areas of its operation which includes, but is not limited to its staff, board members, volunteers, presenters, clinicians, performers and audiences. This commitment is present in all programs. We are seeking and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for the Young Composer Showcase.
$25 applicaton fee
Here are some great reasons to apply:
March 15 – September 15
March 15 – September 15
Application Deadline is September 15th 11:59pm EST
JEN Chapter & Society Members
March 15 – September 15
April 1 – September 15
Students may enter only one original composition in only one of the categories.
Compositions submitted for the Showcase are expected to be in a jazz or jazz-related style.
Composition, by definition herein, implies an original work. (Arrangements of other copyrighted works are not eligible for submission).
Instrumentation may be varied, small to large, to include any combination of the following:
Chosen composers will be notified by Mid November or sooner, if possible.
You will be asked to submit the following materials:
Photo – A photo of yourself.
Bio – Prepare a short 50-word bio in a doc or pdf format
Score – A pdf of your score. File types in any other format will not be accepted.
Audio file – An audio file.
Applications must be received online by 11:59pm (EST) September 15th.
2. Complete the Young Composer Showcase Application Form.
3. An invoice for a $25.00 non-refundable application fee will be emailed within 48 hours.
Your application and files will be submitted to the Young Composers Showcase committee upon receipt of payment.
Have questions? Please contact me!
Dr. David Fodor, Young Composer Showcase Coordinator
Composition – Let the Wild Rumpus Start
Composer and flutist Bryan Kennard’s recent compositions and arrangements have been performed across the US & Europe. Bryan is pursuing a DMA in Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music as a Mancini Institute Fellow. BM, Mercyhurst Univ.; MM, Youngstown State Univ.; MM, Univ. of Texas at Austin. bryankennard.com
Composition – Pasajeros
Martina Liviero is a composer and guitarist from Argentina. She is currently in her last semester of Jazz Composition studies at Berklee College of Music, where she was the recipient of the Thad Jones and the Toshiko Akiyoshi awards. Liviero’s work explores South American music along with jazz improvisational elements.
Composition – Lookin’ Forward
Brian Martin is pursuing his Master’s in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studies with Jeffrey Holmes and Felipe Salles. Martin received a Bachelor’s in Music Education-Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, having studied composition with Chris Merz and Bob Washut.
Composition – Portuguese Bend
Sam Ross is a student currently at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Andy Mile, previously Benny Green. He has performed and/or recorded with Robert “Sput” Seawright (credits include Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Albert Alva (Louis Bellson, Rosemary Clooney), Paul Kreibich (Gene Harris, Ray Charles), and more.
Composition – The Good Fight
Jameson Scriver is a drummer and composer from Seattle, Washington. In 2018, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado where he studied drumset with Jim White and jazz composition with Mike Conrad. He is currently a graduate drumset student studying with Steve Houghton at Indiana University.
Composition – What Are You?
Composer and guitarist Elliott Turner lives for the Third Stream. He has composed for various orchestras and ensembles, including the University of Puget Sound Jazz Orchestra’s guest performances with Victor Wooten and Joshua Redman. He is earning his Master’s in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado.
Composition – Yes and No
Tracy Yang is a composer and performer from Taiwan. In 2015, She obtained her Diploma in Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music. Tracy moved to New York City in 2016, where she leads her own quintet. She is currently in her graduate studies in Jazz Composition at Queens College.
Composition – Step by Step
Bassist Ethan Moffitt is 18-years-old and lives in Glendale, CA. He currently studies double bass with David Moore and Composition with Andrew Norman at the University of Southern California. Ethan has been recognized with multiple honors for his compositions, arrangements and performances.
Video provided by David Fodor