Newark-area music students enjoy workshop

January 29, 2014 by  

Newark-area musicians had a treat recently, when members of Three Part Invention, a chamber jazz group, held a workshop at Granville High School, about eight miles from Newark.

Attendees at the January 10 event included members of the Newark Granville Youth Symphony Orchestra, members of the Newark Granville Chamber Strings, and students in the orchestra program at Granville High School. Philip Aaberg, Mike Block, and Tracy Silverman of Three Part Invention helped the students learn techniques for playing blues and jazz, as well as improvising. The professional musicians were in the area to give a performance at the Midland Theatre and invited orchestra students to play three numbers with them at the concert.

Orchestra director Susan Larson described the visit by the jazz group as a “wonderful opportunity” for students to see what life is like for a professional musician, plus they get to work with outstanding artists. Three Part Invention’s members are all classically trained, but are working to bring classical music, particularly chamber music, into the present.

Nancy Anderson, executive director of the theater, saw the group last year, and decided Newark audiences would enjoy them. The deciding factor in bringing them to the city was the outreach program, where group members interact with young musicians. Anderson noted she wanted to allow local artists to meet professional touring musicians, with the hope that younger people might be inspired to pursue a career in music.

School officials might consider working with brochure printers on a mailer, describing the workshop and encouraging the area’s young people to consider music as a career.