For immediate release
June 15, 2015
NORTH VANCOUVER - As the Vancouver International Jazz Festival celebrates 30 years, Capilano University's finest alumni, instructors and students take centre stage among the world's top jazz performers.
Cat Toren, Russel Sholberg and Cole Schmidt with 2013 Juno Award Winners Pugs and Crows; award-winning, internationally-acclaimed, trumpet player, singer and songwriter Bria Skonberg; and, South Asian-infused jazz saxophonist and tabla player Neelamjit Dhillon are just some of Capilano University's graduates on stage. Many instructors will also be on stage to join the
Jill Townsend Big Band tribute to beloved Vancouver musician and Capilano University instructor, the late Ross Taggart.
"The festival is one of largest and most important in the world and Cap U grads have been a part of it for 30 years now," said Capilano University's Jazz Studies Coordinator Dr. Jared Burrows. "It makes us very proud to see so many Cap U grads performing in the festival and to see alumni who are living and working abroad come home to their Vancouver roots to share their music."
"I'm really excited to be part the festival this year," said Bria Skonberg. "I have always been inspired by my Capilano teachers so this year not only will I be playing on stage, I will also be giving back to my community by holding a free workshop for jazz students."
When the Jazz Festival began 30 years ago, Capilano University offered a two-year diploma in commercial music. In 1993, Capilano began offering a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree. Today, the Jazz Studies program has grown to be one of the best in Canada and is renowned for helping students achieve lifelong success in music as performers, composers and teachers. Capilano University jazz instructors are active musicians themselves and help connect students to the industry and successful musical careers.
Capilano University's reputation for nurturing young talent is well known, resulting in significant demand for the program. Each year, the university receives more than one hundred applications for the 50 available program spaces.
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