Tuesday, February 9, 2016

FSU Trumpeter selected for Betty Carter Jazz Ahead

Emily Mikesell, a senior jazz trumpet major and student of Professor Scotty Barnhart, has been chosen to join the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Located at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, this international jazz residency program brings together talented young performers, like Emily, under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who help these young performers polish their performance, composing, and arranging skills.

The two-week residency will conclude with three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, DC, as well as a performance at New York’s Apollo Theater.

The late Betty Carter, one of the greatest jazz vocalists, founded Jazz Ahead. As Professor Barnhart notes, “[Carter] understood how important it was for jazz pioneers such as herself… to seek out and nurture young jazz talents deserving of wider attention. So the fact that Emily has been chosen for this group speaks volumes as to her seriousness and her dedication to advancing her talents in the world of jazz. She will now have the great opportunity to be heard by an international audience.” Noting that Emily is among the very best students he has taught, Barnhart anticipates that this outstanding honor will create even more opportunities for Emily as she launches her career.