Department Academic Awards
Sophomore: Bethany Leggett
Junior: Kailyn Buyok
Senior: Rebecca Young
OCMEA leadership award: Kendra Garver
Outstanding Student Teacher: Kendra Garver
Zach Spier Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Non-Music Major
Most Improved Music Major: Jenna Niedermier
Outstanding Performer: Jedidiah McFadden
Outstanding Music Major: Eric Watts
And Congratulations to the Graduating Seniors (Dec. 2019 & May 2020)
Sami EronKendra GarverMoriah GoldsmithAlli LangeAlex TrotterRebecca Young...Read more
The Jazz Festival's evening concert will open with the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock fresh off of their tour to Spain. Dr. Garlock will then switch roles and take the stage as lead trombonist in The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (CJO).
For 35 years, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has been Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by Paul Ferguson as the artistic director, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators in northeast Ohio. The CJO aims for worldwide recognition in cooperation with guest artists, and looks to shepherd young musicians toward the future of jazz. Their 2019-2020 season exemplifies this mission and vision through a variety of new music, new compositions and arrangements, and a stellar line-up of well-known guest artists and young up-and-coming talent.
Paul has played with the CJO since 1988 and was named the artistic director in CJO's 31st season. Before joining CJO, Paul traveled with and arranged for the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller Orchestras. Recognized as one of the leading jazz composer/arrangers of his generation, he was recipient of the Gil Evans fellowship in Jazz Composition in 1995 and was the sole American finalist at the ART-EZ Jazz composition contest in Enschede, Holland in 2012. His works have been recorded by various radio orchestras in Europe and his arrangements for Pops orchestra are performed internationally....Read more