Clinic at Virginia Commonwealth University

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Deeply committed to continuing the oral tradition of jazz, Steve Wilson dedicates a good portion of his year to educating future audiences and musicians. "Steve Wilson's clinic sessions rank among the very top in content, interaction, inspiration, and sheer attention level" (Antonio J. Garcia, Virginia Commonwealth University). He tailors his sessions for his audience and "as an effective communicator, knowledgeable educator and gifted musician, Steve [leaves] a positive legacy with students" (Dave Barber, CITYFOLK).

An in-demand and passionate educator Wilson is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at City College of New York, and formerly an adjunct faculty member at the Juilliard School.

These topics are only suggestions; other topics may be discussed

Big Band Workshop:
High school/College
Sax and Brass Sectionals, Rhythm Sectionals, Warm-up Techniques, Soloing within Big Band Context, Presentation, Conducting/Coaching Techniques

Small Band (Combo)Workshop:
High School/College
Horn and Front Line Sectionals, Rhythm Sectionals, Solo/Improv Techniques, Presentation, Conducting/Coaching Techniques

Improvisation Workshop:
High School/College
Idiomatic Analysis and Application (Early Jazz, Swing, Be-bop, Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz, Avant-garde, Modern Jazz, Rhythm & Blues/Funk)

Music Career Workshop:
High School/College
Music Business and Surviving as a Freelance Musician


California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
Centrum, Port Townsend, WA
CITYFOLK, City of Dayton, OH
Cleveland School for the Arts, Dayton, OH
Cornell University
Dave Brubeck Institute, Stockton, CA
Dave Liebman's Summer Jazz Camp
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Indiana Area Schools, Indiana, PA
Lafayette College, Easton, PA
Metro College, Denver, CO
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD
St. Michael's College, Burlington, VT
Stivers School, Dayton, OH
SUNY New Paltz
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Delaware, Newark
University of Forida, Gainesville
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (3 times)
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (3 times)
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (many visits)


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November 16, 2009
Dear Steve

I wanted to write you this brief note to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop you led at Deal Middle School as part of the Kennedy Center Education Program

Like many artists who have experience performing and working with a variety of styles, you have matured into one of the best teachers I know. You took very quickly what was in hand, assessed the students and got right to the heart of what they needed to work on, and directed them in a very positive and encouraging way. I work with some fine musicians who don't do that like you do, Steve.

You are a brilliant educator, and I will always lend you support in any way I can. Any institution would be fortunate to have an artist of your caliber work with their students. Your special gifts are in your knowledge of jazz history, great skills on the technical side of the music, and your vast experience on the stages you've played with so many musicians over the last 20+ years. You have a very special way of conveying all of that information to the students you teach.

I look forward to our next time together.

Dr. Billy Taylor
Click to read a PDF of the original letter.

May 6, 2008
"Steve was absolutely fabulous last week in his master class. The students loved him!! He was everything I knew he would be and even more."

Teri Roiger
Adjunct Faculty
Vocal Jazz, Jazz History
SUNY New Paltz

March 5, 2008
"As a guest artist/clinician, Steve Wilson is the total package. He has the unique ability to present concepts that are sufficiently challenging for advanced students, yet accessible for beginning students. Our students loved his demeanor and teaching approach. His performance with our jazz ensemble was exceptional. He is one of the best saxophonists on the scene today."

Matt Pivec
Coordinator of Jazz Studies
CSU, Stanislaus

April 19, 2007
Via E-Mail
Hi, Laura,

Having Steve here, as always, was a joy in every way. His
musicianship, dedication, personality, enthusiasm, insights, and
generosity of time resonate so deeply with our students.

Just before the concert I mentioned to a sax student that I of course
could have strayed much further afield from our VCU roots to find our
April guest artist and asked the student how he'd enjoyed Steve's
visit thus far. The student replied without hesitation, "Why look
further? Steve's got it all." And that's the way we certainly felt
about his visit.

Though we naturally have to rotate visiting artists, we will eagerly
await our next opportunity to share time with Steve. Such a pleasure!

Thanks for all you do,

Antonio J. Garcia, Director of Jazz Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University

Associate Jazz Editor, International Trombone Association Journal
Board Member, The Midwest Clinic
Past Editor, IAJE Jazz Education Journal
Bach Trombone Clinician, Conn-Selmer, Inc.

March 14, 2007
"Just a quick note of thanks to you and to Steve for his appearance at our jazz festival at UNC. Everyone admires and respects Steve so very much. He is the consummate musician-artist-teacher."

Jim Ketch
Chair, Music Department
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

March 31, 2003
"Steve Wilson came to Hamilton College where I am the director of jazz studies. His quartet was the best four clinicians that we have had at the school in the ten years that I have directed the program. They were hip, funny, talented, patient, knowledgeable and the students enjoyed working with them ever so much. Their ability to demonstrate specific styles in class was a huge help to the jazz history classes and to the students who wanted to develop their skills to the next level.

The selection that Steve performed with the ensemble was a great way for Steve to pick the band up on his shoulders and make them play at his level. The concert that the quartet performed covered many styles and tempos and displayed a marvelous sense of interaction amongst the musicians. Some of the softer pieces were so delicate that the auditorium was simply silent waiting for the next note. The level of musicianship was superb.

The meals and the laughter that we shared was like fine wine!!! What a joy to be in the presence of such talented people!!"

Doctuh Mike Woods
Director of Jazz Studies
Hamilton College
Clinton, NY


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