What is Jazz Girls Day?
Dr. Colleen Clark's JAZZ GIRLS DAY began in January 2021 at the University of South Carolina. Since then, and due to help of a few University of South Carolina internal grants, the program expanded to three Jazz Girls Days in South Carolina, covering not only the Midlands, but also Upstate and the Lowcountry. Due to the success of Jazz Girls Day in South Carolina and Clark’s JGD: Vision 2030, JAZZ GIRLS DAY is now expanding nationwide, with the goal of hosting at least one University of South Carolina Jazz Girls Day in all 50 states by 2030.
JAZZ GIRLS DAY invites and inspires girls for a day filled with learning, playing, and performing. One of the goals of the day is to help girls 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 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!
Music Educators are welcome to register for the JGD: Jazz Education session.
Jazz Girls Day January 14 Final Performance is available on YouTube! Click to watch.
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
CONNECTION AND MENTORSHIP with the USC Jazz community
Jazz Girls Day Team
Founder/Artistic Director + Teaching Artist
Executive Director + Teaching Artist
Project Manager + Teaching Artist
Curriculum Advisor + Teaching Artist
Student Curriculum Committee Chair, Administrative Assistant + Teaching Artist
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
- 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.
JGD: Vision 2030
JAZZ GIRLS DAY is now expanding nationwide, with the goal of hosting at least one
University of South Carolina Jazz Girls Day in all 50 states by 2030. Interested in
hosting the first University of South Carolina Jazz Girls Day in your state? Please
contact Dr. Colleen Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org.