Music news at Kenwood Academy

String Orchestra

Kenwood Academy High School’s revived string orchestra will perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, Jan. 22, at the South Shore Cultural Center.

After several years of silence, the string orchestra at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., has been reestablished under the direction of Ernestine Fleming-Jones.

Since its re-launch, the orchestra has performed at the school’s Winter Festival Concert and has formed a partnership with the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, under the direction of Renee Baker.

Through the partnership, the orchestra will participate in workshops and performances such as the one commemorating civil rights leader King tonight.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., and is free and open to the public.

Illinois Music Educators Association
The Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) selected Giancarlo Jerry, an 11th grade trumpeter, to be a member of the IMEA Senior Jazz Band and the IMEA Senior Concert Band. He competed with musicians from high schools across the city and will perform in the IMEA All-State Concert at the end of January. 

Ravinia Jazz Scholars
Kenwood juniors Giancarlo Jerry (trumpet) and Josiah Maddox (piano) were selected to be a part of the Ravinia Jazz Scholars program.

In the highly selective program, students are mentored and coached by some of Chicago’s most prominent jazz musicians including Pat Mallinger, Willie Pickens and Audrey Morrison. They also receive training through master classes, audition-based ensembles and individualized instruction.

In addition to training, the Jazz Scholars receive numerous performance opportunities including the Music Matters benefit and at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. They are often invited to perform as an ensemble at events throughout the city. Each summer the Jazz Scholars are sent to the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp in Louisville, Ky., a prestigious training center for pre-professionals.

Compiled by Daschell M. Phillips