A jazz poetry NJPAC initiative in partnership with Rutgers-Newark
Spring 2022: February-April 2022
A series of four virtual poetry workshops led by Rutgers-Newark MFAs
that include a curated reading by local poets.
Registration opens January 2022.
Program is open to
students 18+ and adults of all ages.
Spring 2022: Jazz and Poetry Community Performances (dates
Five free, in-person performances in libraries and community venues in
Newark featuring local poets
Spring 2022: Jazz and Poetry High School Residencies
10-week, virtual jazz and poetry residencies with East Side, Payne
Tech, High Tech, and Arts High Schools. Sessions are co-taught by
NJPAC’s distinguished jazz faculty and Rutgers talented MFA poetry
candidates and culminate with a final student share.
April 30, 2022: International Day of Jazz Celebration
An annual free, day-long, co-pro celebration with Jazz House Kids at
the Newark Express building featuring all of the NJPAC student jazz
Summer 2022: July 18-30, 2022
Calling all teen musicians, singers, poets, and
writers. Creativity ignites when you explore, experiment, and
express yourself at NJPAC’s free City Verses program. Together,
students learn about and create jazz poetry, a uniquely American art
form that blends verses and rhythm, song and swing. During this
two-week, in-person day camp held at Rutgers-Newark University,
students collaborate with other young creators to share their unique
stories and perspectives. Sessions are co-taught by NJPAC’s
distinguished jazz faculty and Rutgers talented MFA poetry candidates.
The City Verses Summer Camp is held for two weeks,
Monday-Friday. Sessions are divided into two sections. In week
one, students focus on their choice of jazz or poetry
writing techniques guided by our expert faculty. In week two, students
progress into cross-disciplinary collaboration to create
their own original works of jazz poetry. A final, live share
caps-off the two-week camp at Rutgers-Newark University for students
Registration opens February 2022 and due July 8,
2022. Program is open to students ages 13-18.
WELLS FARGO JAZZ FOR TEENS
This popular program celebrates its 25th anniversary in
Fall 2022. Jazz for Teens is a comprehensive and sequential jazz
education program that develops well-rounded young performers through
access to life-changing experiences. Students are provided access to
top-notch musical training and study with world-class working artists,
opportunities for artistic exchange within the community, and college
and career exploration. Through this unique program, students become
more than musicians—they grow into exceptional people ready to take on
the world. Some of today’s leading artists are alumni including
MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Tyshawn Sorey. Mark Gross
serves as the director and provides private instruction upon
availability. Classes include jazz history, theory/composition,
technique, ensembles, and more. Program is open to students ages
James Moody Jazz Orchestra is a large
ensemble of students from the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens (WFJT)
program. Conducted by Mark Gross, this ensemble plays a standard big
band repertoire of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Thad Jones,
Quincy Jones, and Count Basie, as well as original compositions written
and arranged by Mark Gross, faculty, and some students. A public
performance is scheduled for May 2022.
George Wein Scholars Ensemble is a select
ensemble of students selected from the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens
(WFJT) program who are personally mentored by Mark Gross and the WJFT
faculty. The George Wein Scholars are given unique opportunities to
learn and grow as jazz musicians from leaders in the jazz field today.
A public performance is scheduled for 2022.
Spring 2022: January 22-May 14, 2022
Registration due January 2022.
GERI ALLEN JAZZ CAMP
Jersey Arts People’s Choice Award Winner for “Favorite
Performing Arts Camp”
NJPAC’s annual Geri Allen Jazz Camp welcomes ages 14-26 who identify as
female and non-binary from around the world to refine their jazz techniques,
grow their confidence and build community with other aspiring
performers. This one-week immersion program hosted at Rutgers
University-Newark Campus, is an exciting opportunity for students to
refine their jazz technique, grow their confidence and build community
with other aspiring performers. They will work with professional jazz
artists in individual lessons, small ensemble work and industry panel
discussions. This year’s faculty include Allison
Miller “Rising Star Drummer” winner in Downbeat magazine’s
critic’s poll, vocalist Carla Cook, acoustic
bassist Marion Hayden, pianist/composer Ellen
Rowe, saxophonist Bruce
Williams, tap dancer Brinae
Ali, and trumpeter Bria
The program is under the direction of Artistic Director Regina
Carter, the renowned jazz violinist. A recipient
of the MacArthur “Genius” Award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, Carter
has been widely hailed for her mastery of her instrument and her drive
to expand its possibilities. The program’s namesake, the late Geri
Allen, was a longtime Montclair resident and lauded jazz pianist,
composer, and educator.
Support provided by Women@NJPAC
Summer 2022: July 10-16, 2022
Registration due June 1, 2022
Cost: $1,250 (on-site at Rutgers),
$1,050 (commuters), and $500 (virtual).
About Arts Education @ NJPAC
NJPAC’s Arts Education offerings reach more than 60,000 students and
families through live performances, in-school residency programs and
arts training classes. These programs bring the joy of dance, music,
theater, and poetry directly to the classroom. Through our
innovative residencies, Teaching Artists create stimulating performing
arts experiences that engage students’ imaginations and build self-confidence
through positive self-expression. Our residencies help students
learn to work together and develop their creative independence.
In addition to NJPAC’s innovative In-School Programs, the Arts Center’s
comprehensive Arts Education Department offers an Arts Training Program
that helps students at every level learn their artistic and technical
skills they need to study acting, dance, instrumental music, vocal
music, and musical theater. NJPAC also presents a SchoolTime
Performance Series, which introduces students and their families to a
world of entertainment and culture. NJPAC’s Arts Education
programs feature professional artists from a wide variety of traditions
and performances of music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and more.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark,
N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the
artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where
great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.
NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and
showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a
leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its
extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation
of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted 10 million
visitors (including more than 1.8 million children) since opening its
doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each
of its constituents.