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Jazz Girls Day

An open invitation to South Carolina middle and high school girls for a day of masterclasses, connection, concert and jam session. South Carolina Music Educators are welcome to register for the JGD: Jazz Education session. Pick one of our three dates for a location near you!  

USC Jazz Girls Day Upstate groupJazz at USC presents JAZZ GIRLS DAY, an annual initiative that invites and inspires girls from South Carolina to join the Jazz Faculty at one of three locations for a day filled with learning, playing, and performing. One of the goals of the day is to help girls around the state prepare for their All-State jazz auditions, although this is not a requirement to attend. The idea behind JAZZ GIRLS DAY is not only to welcome girls to start or continue playing jazz but also encourage South Carolina music educators to encourage girls to play jazz.

This program is for all instrumentalists and vocalists (traditional AND non-traditional) at all levels. The only prerequisites are middle and high school students who identify as female. Accompanying adults are welcome as well! 

South Carolina Music Educators are welcome to register for the JGD: Jazz Education session.

Past sessions include:

Jazz Girls Day – Upstate
November 19, 2022

Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming sessions include:

Jazz Girls Day – Columbia

January 14, 2023

USC School of Music
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jazz Girls Day – Lowcountry

April 22, 2023

Charleston Jazz
 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jazz Girls Day – Columbia Schedule

9:00  – 9:30 a.m.

Meet & greet with USC Faculty/Staff, students, volunteers

9:30  –  9:45 a.m.

Welcome from Dr. Clark & Team*
School of Music Recital Hall

** Follow faculty member to your instrumental sectional.**

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Instrumental Sectionals*
Location: Assigned rooms

** Follow faculty member back to the Main Hall.
Sit on stage in front of faculty.**

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Live Band Q&A
This is your chance to play the game, "What is Happening Here?"

** Follow faculty member back to your ensemble session.**

11:30 a.m. – Noon

Blues-oriented Ensemble Sessions
Introduction of the Jazz Girls Day Songbook

** Follow faculty member to the food area**

Noon  – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch/Instrument Petting Zoo / USC Jazz Questions

12:30  – 1:00 p.m.

Jam Session

**Everyone meets in the Recital Hall**

1:00  –  1:45 p.m.

Women in Jazz History with Dr. Clark*

2:00  –  2:30 p.m.

Ensemble Session / All State Help
Various locations

All State Folks Return to Their Ensembles

2:30  –  3:00 p.m.

Band Director Ensemble and/or "How To" in the Band with Dr. Matt White*

**Follow your faculty member to the Recital Hall for final performance**

3:00 p.m.

Jazz Girls Day Certificate and T-shirt Presentation
Place your certificate in your folder, then come up for a personal photo with the faculty.

3:15   –  4:00 p.m.

Final Performance with ALL Participants, Faculty, Students, etc.

* Events for both educators and student participants



JAZZ GIRLS DAY is a free event. Registration is required for students and educators.

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Live-streamed Concert

Jazz Girls Day January 14  Final Performance is available on YouTube! Click to live-stream the event The video will be available on School of Music's channel for reliving Jazz Girls Day!


RESOURCES made specifically for JAZZ GIRLS DAY!

  • Free tee shirt - thanks to the generous donation provided by Musical Innovations
  • Free Jazz Girls Day sticker + pencil
  • JGD Songbook
  • Option to join the JGD Discord Channel


Jazz Girls Day Team

  • Colleen Clark, Founder/Artistic Director + Teaching Artist 
  • Matt White, Executive Director + Teaching Artist  
  • Lauren Meccia, Project Manager + Teaching Artist 
  • Dottie Allen, Administrative Coordinator 
  • Craig Butterfield, Curriculum Advisor + Teaching Artist
  • Kyle Bryant, Student Curriculum Committee Chair, Administrative Assistant + Teaching Artist
  • Bert Ligon, Consultant + Teaching Artist

Jazz Girls Day Student Curriculum Committee

(Sponsored by Center for Integrative + Experiential Learning)

  • Kyle Bryant, chair 
  • Patrick Reindl 
  • Olivia Ward 
  • Katheryn Ailes 
  • Claire Martin 
  • Amy Lamparter 
  • Katie Bono 

Jazz Girls Day Sponsors 

  • Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning 
  • SPARK 
  • University of South Carolina School of Music 
  • Fine Arts Center (Greenville) 
  • Charleston Jazz 
  • Musical Innovations 

JAZZ GIRLS DAY is partially funded by the  Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning’s “Beyond the Classroom Grant,"  SPARK and USC Jazz Studies

USC Jazz Girls Day Contact

Dr. Colleen Clark, for inquiries.


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