Jazz Composition Class with Donna Wickham
Taught in person in Donna Wickham’s studio at Denver University.
How do we learn from the masters and still create a sound that is authentic to our own experience? In this course, we’ll be examining these questions and more!
One of the challenges of jazz composition is honoring the history of the art form without sounding like a copycat. Throughout this semester you will study how to develop your own unique compositional voice. How to write melodies and harmonies that sound “fresh.” How to write grooves that make you want to move. And how to set lyrics to existing melodies and write melodies to existing text.
DONNA WICKHAM holds a BM in vocal performance and an MM in conducting from the University of Denver. She is the head of the vocal jazz program at the Lamont School of Music and designs and teaches music courses for Colorado Community Colleges Online. Her diverse professional activities include work as a jazz composer, arranger and performer, conductor, and keyboardist in genres that range from early music to rock, jazz, and avant-garde. Wickham’s performance credits include work with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Playground, Colorado Music Festival, Santa Fe New Music, the Denver Concert Band, and the Colorado Art Rock Society. She has produced three albums: Her vocal quartet named Firesign released an album featuring the world premiere recording of Terry Schlenker’s Mass for Four Voices along with William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices and a Christmas album titled Follow We This Joyful Birth. She also released a jazz album featuring her own compositions, entitled Myth and Memory. To learn more about Donna, visit her website at www.donnawickham.com.
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Gift of Jazz — Fall 2022 Saturday Classes: Jazz Composition with Donna Wickham
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