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PCJE’s Student Composers Showcase
presented by Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble
February 23, 2017 | 12:00 pm- Free
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble performs works by three student composers in a special free concert at Portland City Hall Atrium. The student composers, or “grasshoppers,” involved in this ambitious project come from two Portland metro area high schools, and from Portland Community College. With their professional mentors— PSU Jazz professor emeritus Charley Gray, Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Co-Director Michelle Medler, and Mt. Hood Community College jazz instructor Ryan Meagher—each student has composed a new piece for the PJCE. All of these students have composed before, but not for a large professional ensemble, and the opportunity to do so represents a unique and monumental education opportunity. It’s a rare opportunity for the composers and listeners alike.