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ASCAP Foundation/ Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Announces Sixth Annual Commissioning Prize

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The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) has announced its sixth annual ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize competition. The competition honors former SJO Co-Music Director and ASCAP Board Member George Duke. The $5,000 prize is open to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of August 17.

The Music Advisory Board of the SJO will select the winning composer, who will be commissioned to write a new orchestral score for the SJO, blending jazz and classical music—and beyond. The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the SJO in 2021/22 and entered into the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions.

Created in 2002, the 68-member SJO is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing, and educational programs. Led by Music Director Mitch Glickman, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with leading guest artists including Dave Grusin (Local 47), Lee Ritenour (Local 47), and Chris Brubeck (Local 802).

For eligibility and details on how to apply for The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize, visit www.SJOmusic.org or call 310-876-8130.

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra in concert with soloists (from left) Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, and Lee Ritenour







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