Charleston Jazz is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant community of supporters of jazz through our performances, education and community outreach efforts. Charleston Jazz’s community outreach efforts include Jazz Day for Kids, regular school visits, the Melodica Project, the Jazz Pass Program and Family Jazz Day.

Community Outreach: Jazz Day for Kids

Every year, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra performs a free concert for students K-8th grade throughout our community.

Jazz Day for Kids

2022 Jazz Day for Kids
Charleston Jazz Orchestra + Charlton Singleton

March 16, 2022
Kindergarten – 8th Grade

Join us for Jazz Day for Kids presented by Charleston Jazz Orchestra and the Charleston Gaillard Center. Led by orchestra director Robert Lewis and the Gaillard Center’s Artist-in-Residence Emeritus, Charlton Singleton. Students will enjoy a big band concert and learn about the origin of jazz music.

Info + Registration HERE


Internship Opportunities

An internship at the Charleston Jazz Academy provides a student and or emerging musician real-life teaching experience and on the job training using a multi-generational and community oriented approach. Students majoring in jazz/music performance, education and/or arts administration will receive valuable real-life experience in teaching youth the art of jazz as well as learn about the administrative sides of Charleston Jazz and the Charleston Jazz Academy. Upon completion, students will have greater familiarity and understanding of the educational and operational aspects of a multifaceted arts organization. Next application deadline is October 31, 2021 for the Spring 2022 semester. This is a paid internship. For any questions, please contact basil@charlestonjazz.com

Jazz Pass Program

Through our Jazz Pass program, we provide complimentary tickets to Charleston Jazz Orchestra performances throughout the year. Students enrolled at the Charleston Jazz Academy and  throughout the Lowcountry are selected by their school music teachers based on various criteria to attend a live concert performance of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra with their parents. If you are a music teacher, contact us to join the Jazz Pass program by emailing Jan Moorer at jan@charlestonjazz.com or by calling (843) 745-5908.

School Visits

We regularly visit schools throughout Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties to engage with students through jazz. Reach out to us if you would like to schedule an outreach experience in your classroom. To find out more, please contact Jan Moorer at jan@charlestonjazz.com or by calling (843) 745-5908.

Melodica Project

In collaboration with a variety of public schools in our community, we are offering a free after school program teaching students how to play the melodica while introducing them to elements of jazz.

Family Jazz Day

Family Jazz Day is part of the annual Charleston Jazz Festival and features performances by some of the best middle and high school jazz bands from around South Carolina including our own Charleston Jazz High School All-Stars.

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