A New Course for Young Artists:


Taught by Miori Sugiyama and Jamey Tate

May 25 - May 30


The course begins Monday, March 7 and continues for 12 weeks.
Culminating Performance: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:30pm
For free tickets contact Heather Cooney at hcooney@TheWallis.org.

The Wallis is pleased to offer a unique interdisciplinary small ensemble performance course for advanced instrumental students ages 16-20 studying jazz and/or classical music.  Students will have the opportunity to work on jazz and classical repertoire, as well as on improvisation.  The goal is for students to grow their ability to work across genres.  It will also provide a general overview of the history of small ensembles in both genres through supplementary listening material.  Students will have several opportunities to attend performances and interact with guest artists performing at The Wallis.  This class will culminate with a final performance in the Lovelace Studio Theater, which will include a world premiere of original composition written for the class. 

The targeted size for this course is ten students total.

This course will start on Monday evening, March 7 with approximately 12 sessions on Monday night plus special events with select classical and jazz artists performing at The Wallis. These will take place on other days of the week.  A schedule will be provided at the start of the course.

We are looking for advanced musicians, ages 16-20, who are interested in exploring the connections and overlap between classical chamber music and jazz. We assume most students will not have already had equal experience in both genres. A brief application is required, followed by auditions at The Wallis. The tuition for this course is $400. The Wallis is pleased to offer scholarships to students who need financial assistance. To be considered, a parent or guardian should submit a letter to The Wallis explaining the financial hardship and requesting specific monetary support. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 For more information on the application process, please email Education@thewallis.org

About Miori Sugiyama

A graduate of the Juilliard School, pianist Miori Sugiyama has been an active soloist and collaborative artist in the US and abroad. Recent highlights include solo debut recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Bargemusic, as well as appearances at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Galapagos Art Space, and Aspen Public Radio. Praised as ‘excellent’ by the New York Times for her performance of the Charles Ives songs, she is a regular member of the Brooklyn Art Song Society with whom she has performed on projects such as the Hugo Wolf Project and marathon performance of the complete songs of Charles Ives. She is the founder of Half Moon Music Series, which explores vocal and chamber repertoire and with an emphasis on female composers. 

An avid educator, Dr. Sugiyama graduated with a Master of Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.  She has held the position of accompanying coordinator and teaching assistant to Rita Sloan at the Aspen Music Festival and School.  There, she has assisted in coaching chamber music groups and piano duo classes for high school students.  She served as staff pianist for the vocal department at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College) from 2009-2014, where she also coached chamber music.  She maintained a private teaching studio in New York City for 10 years.  Her teachers have included Morey Ritt, Paul Rutman, Julian Martin, and Rita Sloan. Dr. Sugiyama holds a Master of Music in piano performance from the Juilliard School and received a Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano from the University of Maryland-College Park.  

About Jamey Tate

Since moving to Los Angeles, Jamey Tate has become one of the most sought after musicians on the touring and studio scenes. He has performed and/or recorded with a widely diverse list of some of the biggest artists in the music industry that includes Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Merv Griffin, Mindi Abair, Kurt Elling, Melissa Manchester, Justin Guarini, Christopher Cross, the New York Voices, the Ahn Trio, the Stan Kenton Orchestra, David Pack, Sandro Albert, the Ron King Big Band, Russ Freeman, and John Daversa, among others. He has performed on numerous major motion picture soundtracks, TV movies, and commercials as well.

Educated at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, he received his Bachelor's in Music under the instruction of percussionist Beth Gottlieb and bassist/jazz instructor Chuck Archard. In 1997, he performed as a member of the Disneyland All-American College Band in Anaheim, California. During his stay in California, he began studying with legendary drummer Peter Erskine. Peter's instruction and inspiration would propel Jamey to new levels professionally and personally, and their relationship would eventually lead Jamey to participate in the Jazz Studies graduate program at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music.

Passionate about arts education, he is a regular clinician at the Crossroads School Summer Jazz Program and an adjudicator and Music Director for the Spotlight Awards at the Music Center of Los Angeles County. He has also served as an instructor at USC, Crossroads School, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Warren High School and Spotlight Academy. A former Yamaha Drums artist/clinician, he continues to be an artist/clinician with Sakae Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth Drumsticks.