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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz maintains outreach programs locally

April 15, 2011

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a nonprofit devoted to jazz education, today announced plans to continue its outreach efforts in the city in partnership with Loyola University New Orleans and maintain an office on its campus, though the institute’s Jazz Performance collegiate program will transition to the University of California, Los Angeles next year. According to institute president Thomas R. Carter, the organization will continue outreach efforts in New Orleans through its visiting masters program, masterclasses, in-school and after-school instrument instruction, and performances led by New Orleans-based musicians.

“The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is firmly committed to providing its jazz education programs across New Orleans,” said Carter. “The institute has always enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Loyola University New Orleans, and we are pleased that our office will remain on the Loyola campus. We remain huge supporters of the schools, the colleges and universities, the city’s musicians and cultural community, and the residents of New Orleans.”

This continued collaboration is a welcomed opportunity according to Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., dean of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. “We have enjoyed our relationship with the Monk Institute greatly over the past four years, and look forward to continued cooperation and work with them. Although the relationship is changing, they will continue to have a presence here in New Orleans, and at Loyola. The Monk Institute will be a part of Loyola’s larger mission to bring wonderful events and educational opportunities to our students, students in the Gulf Coast region, and to further the cause of jazz, and indeed, all the arts, in the city of New Orleans and beyond.”

In 2007, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, in cooperation with Loyola's College of Music and Fine Arts, made a major commitment to provide jazz education programming as part of its Commitment to New Orleans, an effort to revitalize arts in the Gulf Coast region following Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, the institute has brought jazz musicians and educators into public schools and community venues to provide instrument training and has led dozens of free outreach programs and public performances for tens of thousands of students and adults.

As part of its initial commitment, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz moved its full-scholarship college program, the Institute of Jazz Performance, from Los Angeles to Loyola University New Orleans in 2007. The program’s four-year New Orleans residency concludes with the graduation of its Class of 2011 on May 14.

The Institute of Jazz Performance will open in September 2012 at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in a partnership launched by renowned jazz musicians Herb Alpert, Kenny Burrell and Herbie Hancock. The idea to join the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and UCLA was introduced by the Herb Alpert Foundation, which has provided long-term support to both the institute and the school. The institute will spend the next year preparing for the program at UCLA.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola's Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

For more information about the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, contact Holly Wallace at hwallace@monkinstitute.org or call 504-865-2450.

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