International Jazz Composers’ Symposium coming to Blair

International Jazz Composers' Symposium
International Jazz Composers’ Symposium


Blair School of Music will host the sixth International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, May 16-18, 2024. Presented by the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC), the conference provides a forum that unites jazz composers of all ages and nationalities in an informal exchange of ideas, information, and inspiration.

“Vanderbilt University’s selection to host the International Jazz Composers Symposium in 2024 marks a significant achievement,” said Ryan Middagh, who was instrumental in bringing the event to Nashville. “This esteemed biennial conference gathers preeminent jazz composers and arrangers from around the world, showcasing Vanderbilt’s recent rise as a leader in jazz education and composition. The opportunity is both an honor and a testament to the impactful strides Vanderbilt has made in advancing the field of jazz.”

This 2024 Symposium will feature noted master artists Anat Cohen, Oded Lev-Ari, John Clayton, Danilo Pérez, John Beasley, and Mike Holober, and will include concerts, lectures, master classes, panel discussions, and industry sessions. Ryan Middagh’s professional jazz ensemble will serve as the house band for guest artist performances and other Blair jazz faculty will be involved with various aspects of the conference.

ISJAC is a non-profit organization formed to address issues unique to the community of jazz composers and arrangers. The International Jazz Composers Symposium debuted in 2006.

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