She Jazz Project

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Join the She Jazz Project Today

Program for Young Musicians, Ages 12-18

With Three Years of Jazz Instrument Experience

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Program overview: Recognizing a gender disparity in jazz, Pinecrest Gardens hosts the She Jazz Project, a unique mentorship program encompassing a diverse group of young female jazz musicians, ages 12-18, who rehearse together once a week, study and perform, side-by-side, with renowned local and international jazz artists.

Program Mission/Goal: Create a platform to encourage local, young women to pursue meaningful music experiences in jazz. Admitted students will be required to pay acceptance fee of $50. Service hours are awarded to students completing mentoring sessions and performances.

Scope of Program

  • Weekly coaching, rehearsals: full, sectionals, ensembles

  • Compose/premiere new work

  • Performances at Pinecrest Gardens

  • Annual concert recording

  • Lectures/coaching/performances by visiting mentor artists


Class Schedule

  • She Jazz meets Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from January 13 to May 11

  • Sessions occur Saturdays from 11 a.m. time to 1:00 p.m. time (duration of class 2 to 2.5 hours)

  • Special performances or events may occur outside of regular operating hours

    •  Example: placement master class or end of season performance

  • All sessions close at end of May, or end of semester 

Program Dates

  • Placement workshops: Interested students should register and attend one upcoming workshops.

  • Winter / Spring Ensemble Program runs:  January 13 to May 11, 2024

  • Rehearsals for the end of season concert occur in the three weeks leading up to Culminating performance the week of May 5. 

Apply by October 31: 
This is a rolling admission process until program scholarships are allocated.

Students must submit a teacher recommendation with their application and attend a placement workshop with the She Jazz Project program director.

Teacher Recommendation Process and Application Details 

SheJazz-Teacher-Recommedation(DOCX, 15KB)

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Who will be the lead mentor in the She Jazz Project?

The Lead Program Director designing the curriculum and mentoring/conducting rehearsals each week, will be internationally recognized jazz vocalist and Chair of the Jazz Vocal Studies at FIU, Lisanne Lyons. Joining Lisanne will be guest educator/mentors throughout the season. 


Where will the She Jazz Project Activities Take Place?

Most project activity will take place at Pinecrest Gardens; in the Banyan Bowl theater and surrounding buildings. Additional community performances will take place in smaller venues. 


What are the program requirements?

Program Requirements

No prior Jazz experience is required. Student comfort will be deemed a priority; opportunities to improvise at rehearsals and concerts will be offered on a voluntary basis, although regular improvisation instruction will be provided. 

Students must submit a teacher recommendation with their application and attend a placement workshop with the lead mentor.


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The She Jazz Project is sponsored by

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National endowment for the arts logo