With Charlton Singleton, clinician
The Charleston Jazz Academy is excited to present our All-State Jazz Trumpet Audition Preparation Workshop, led by the conductor of our Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charlton Singleton! This workshop is designed for trumpet students from 8th to 12th grade who intend to audition for the South Carolina All-State Jazz Band on trumpet. Even if you are not auditioning this year, but want to learn more about playing the trumpet, this workshop is also for you! Topics will include: examining the audition process; developing stronger fundamentals, audition etude; improvising over the blues; and sight-reading techniques. Don’t miss this opportunity! Sign up now!
A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. Currently, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; an 18 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. Mr. Singleton is also the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, SC. In November of 2016 he was named the inaugural Artist in Residence at the recently renovated Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston.
As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. He is a member of a new ensemble called Ranky Tanky. The group is a quintet that interprets the sounds of Gullah from the Southeast Coast of the United States. Though the ensemble has only been in existence for a short time they have already reached the number one position on the iTunes, Amazon, and Billboard Jazz Charts. In addition to performing, he is in demand as a speaker, composer, and arranger. Outside of music and entertainment, he and his wife, MaryJo, are the proud parents of Shalamar and D’Marcus, as well as their pets…Sassy, Jango, Mojo, Kota Bear, Pumpkin, and Ginger.