Past Symposia Information

2017 Symposium at the University of South Florida

May 18-20, 2017

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ISJAC, in collaboration with the University of South Florida School of Music, is delighted to serve as host of the revival of the “International Jazz Composers‘ Symposium,” May 18-20, 2017. An unparalleled gathering of jazz composers, musicians, scholars, students, and industry professionals from across the world; this unique forum offers attendees the opportunity to connect with fellow jazz composers as well as celebrated master artists while becoming exposed to a variety of new works, concepts, and related music industry trends. In addition, an open application and call for scores/papers will offer attendees several avenues in which to share and showcase their own work: via featured concert performance, guest artist master classes, research paper presentations, and the JCS’ unique “poster sessions.”

Taking place in the USF School of Music's impressive new facility/concert halls located just north of downtown Tampa, the Symposium offers those in attendance 2 and a half days of almost non-stop, diverse events. Located nearby major theme parks and renowned beaches, the area offers numerous recreational opportunities.

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Symposium 2017 Sponsors:

The Gobioff Foundation JAZZed Magazine Tampa Jazz Club Music Sales Group NEA Art Works ro-logo-words-only-green-web University of South Florida WUSF

2006 & 2008 Symposia at University of South Florida

The Jazz Composers’ Symposium debuted in 2006 with a stellar guest artist line-up that included Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, & Dave Douglas. A production of the University of South Florida’s Center for Jazz Composition (headed by Chuck Owen & Dave Stamps), the inspirational gathering was an instant hit and was followed by a 2008 production featuring Jim McNeely, Bill Holman, Stefon Harris, & the Turtle Island String Quartet. The two events drew jazz composers from over 35 States as well as 6 countries. Sadly, and in spite of its tremendous popularity, the Symposium was a casualty of the economic downturn that resulted in the closure of the host USF Center. With the founding of ISJAC, the Symposium has a new producer and is making its much-anticipated return.

The Jazz Composers’ Symposium consisted of 2 and a 1/2 days of non-stop concerts, lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and much more. While led by the distinguished guest artist line-ups, the interactive event offered multiple opportunities for those in attendance to share their work via new music reading sessions, research paper presentations, and very unique composition “poster” sessions. Industry talks and panel discussions featured CEOs and leaders of performing rights organizations, record labels, digital music platforms, and even a prominent music attorney.