May 9, 2022

Open to instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles at the middle and high school level. A final concert will feature CMU ensembles and our special guest artist.

Registration Includes:

• Festival performance.

• Recorded comments by a panel of top jazz educators.

• Clinic with one of the jazz educators.

• Midday performances by our clinicians.

• Admission to the final concert featuring CMU ensembles and our special guest for all students, directors and chaperones.

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8am-5pm Festival performances

7:30pm Final Concert

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Clinician Bios


Matt Harris

Matt Harris graduated with a BM from the University of Miami and a MM from the Eastman School of Music. He moved to Los Angeles after touring, writing, and recording with jazz legends, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. Matt teaches combos and private lessons at California State University Northridge and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Matt is an active clinician, conductor and composer for high schools, colleges, and professional bands around the world. He has conducted the Nevada, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Dakota, Minnesota and Texas All State bands. He has been commissioned to write music from bands spanning the globe, including Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, China, Turkey, as well as numerous high schools and universities in the United States. Matt has been a guest clinician for over 30 years with topics ranging from improvisation, rhythm section, piano, arranging, composition, business of music, and creative aspects of playing jazz.

Matt has 6 CD’s of original music. Matt has written for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra (Netherlands), Airmen of Note, Air Force Falconaires, Kluvers Big Band (Denmark), as well as high school and college bands throughout the country. He has also arranged, orchestrated, and/or performed on numerous national jingles, recordings, and live performances including Taco Bell, Home Depot, Jack in the Box, Ford, Schwab, Mariott, and many more.

Matt has played with jazz legends including Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Bob McChesney, Rob Lockart, Carl Saunders, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Chuck Findley, Tim Ries, Bob Summers, John Pisano, and Gregg Bissonette.

Matt has played piano and/or written music for some of today’s top jazz vocalists including Karyn Allison, Jackie Allen, Diane Shure, Dena Derose, Rosana Eckert, Calbria Foti, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Elling, Marie Carmen Koppel, and many others. 

Matt recently played at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London with the Buddy Rich Tribute Band, featuring Ian Paice. Additionally, his arrangement of “Nessun Dorma” was performed by the Roger Fox Big Band featuring Simon O’Neil in Wellington, New Zealand this summer.


Caitlin Moore

Caitlin Moore, mezzo-soprano, is known for her elegant and confident stage presence in concert, opera and musical settings. She has been praised for her "magnificent vocal and dramatic talent" (La Presse) and "aplomb and distinction" (Opera Canada). In addition to her active performance career, Moore has served on the voice faculties of Covenant College and Chattanooga State Community College.

She received a Master of Music in Voice and Opera Performance at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University and a Bachelor of Music and Music Education at Lee University. Recently, she was honored to be a 2021 National Association of Singing Intern and currently serves as the NATS CO-WY co-vice president and auditions chair. 

Moore was certified in all three levels at Shenandoah University’s Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute in 2019 as a University of Northern Colorado Graduate Student Association Grant Winner. She attended New England Conservatory’s Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop and Online Teaching Technology Workshop in 2020 as a Lee University Young Alumni Grant Winner.

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