Grant to Support Jazz Program at Knox College
GALESBURG -- Knox College is expanding its jazz program to bring in
top jazz artists to work with students for extended annual
residencies. Knox has received a three-year, $30,000 grant from the
Jerome Mirza Foundation of Bloomington, Illinois to create the new
Mirza Jazz Residency.
Starting with the 2013-2014 academic year, the Mirza Jazz Residency
will feature concerts by leading jazz musicians, as well as individual
and groups sessions with Knox students, and outreach presentations in
the Galesburg community.
"The Mirza Jazz Residency will give Knox students opportunities to
learn from outstanding jazz artists for an extended period of time and
in a variety of formats," said Nicole Malley, assistant professor of
music and director of Knox's jazz program. "The guest artists will
work with beginning and advanced students and in individual and
ensemble masterclasses covering performance, composition and
In addition to concerts and on-campus activities with Knox students,
the College will organize community events that will showcase each
artist's full range of creative interests and experiences.
Malley said the Mirza Jazz Residency is planned for the fall or winter
academic term, as a lead-in to another of the Knox jazz program's
mainstays, the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, now in its 33rd year.
"Extended residencies with visiting artists represent another great
step for the jazz program at Knox," Malley said.
Knox College offers nine jazz combos and a big band, the Knox Jazz
Ensemble, which has won numerous awards, toured internationally and
recorded four CDs.
The Jerome Mirza Foundation supports programs in education and the
arts. It was created by a bequest from Jerome Mirza, an attorney who
served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois
Trial Lawyers Association, wrote several books on personal injury law,
and founded the Jerome Mirza College of Advocacy at Illinois Wesleyan
University and the University of Illinois. Mirza's daughter, Candace
Mirza of Wilmette, Illinois, is a 1981 Knox graduate.