Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend brings professional jazz artists to the Lawrence campus for a 100% non-competitive jazz education festival. Instrumental and vocal jazz educators continue to appreciate the low-pressure clinic environment, the inspirational boost at the start of the school year, the extended ensemble workshop clinics with renowned clinicians, the special focus upon improvisation, the absence of ratings and trophies, and a "Who's Who" list of professional jazz artists.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Jazz Department has cancelled all live concerts for the 2020 Fall Term, including Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend.  We are heartbroken to share this news with you and are currently working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.  We are committed to doing our best to protect our students, faculty, staff and community, and are exploring options to reschedule events in the safest ways possible. Some concerts will be live-streamed (to be announced), and we look forward to sharing new recordings from Jazz Department students and faculty.  We will continue to provide virtual/online performances during the 2020-2021 academic year until it is deemed safe to resume live concerts.
Thank you for your understanding and support and we continue to do everything we can to help everyone stay safe, informed and connected with our Lawrence Jazz community.

The Artists

Lawrence University Studio Orchestra

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 / 7:30 p.m.

Lawrence University presents a special event combining the sounds of the Jazz Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra with featured performances by members of the Jazz Faculty. Works include music by Fred Sturm, Chuck Owen, Duke Ellington and more. This is a rare opportunity to hear an ensemble with over 100 performers showcasing exciting new music that truly integrates
jazz, improvisation and the beautiful sonorities of the orchestra.

Miguel Zenon Quartet

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 / 7:30 p.m.

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has built a distinguished career as a leader, releasing eleven albums under his own name. In addition, he has crafted his artistic identity by dividing his time equally between working with older jazz masters and the music’s younger innovators—irrespective of styles and genres. The list of musicians Zenón has toured and/or recorded with includes: The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Pérez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, The Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sánchez, David Gilmore, Paoli Mejías, Brian Lynch, Jason Lindner, Dan Tepfer, Miles Okazaki, Dan Weiss, Ray Barreto, Andy Montañez, Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman.

Registration & Tickets

For participating student tickets and registration, please fill out the School Registration Form 2019. Contact Patricia Darling  or Rosie Cannizzo with any questions.

NEW THIS YEAR: Registration is $15 per student, and that fee includes participation in the Saturday clinics, as well as one ticket to each evening concert. Additional chaperone tickets can be purchased through the Lawrence University Box Office.

Jazz Weekend 2019 clinics schedule


Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend
Jazz and Improvisational Music
Conservatory of Music
Lawrence University
711 East Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911-5626

Patty Darling (for questions from or about directors, clinicians, educational events, and commissioned composer details):
(920) 832-6898

Jillian Johnson (for questions about concerts and ticketing):
(920) 832-6773