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Noah Webster JAZZicians

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts announced the first year of the Webster JAZZician program at Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School in Hartford in the 2006-2007 school year. The Webster JAZZician program is a scholarship program for exceptional instrumentalists who attend Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School.

The Webster JAZZician program is made possible by a generous donation from Hartford resident Valerie Bryan. Ms. Bryan saw the success her children had when studying music in the Hartford Public School system, which eventually led them to their studies at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and a further extension of their interest at the collegiate level. Due to Ms. Bryan's love of music and students, the chosen JAZZicians will be exposed to jazz performances, master classes, and private lessons for the next five years.

Students are selected annually by Noah Webster music teacher, Kathy Peet, based on their musical ability, their proven responsibility and diligence in the classroom and their enthusiasm for their continued growth in the instrument they study.

"The Webster JAZZician program is a wonderful opportunity for students to work with professional jazz musicians and to learn the skills that are part of playing jazz music," said music teacher and program liaison Kathy Peet. "The students selected for this program all participate in the school advanced band, but have also demonstrated a desire to learn more about their instrument."

Those chosen to be Webster JAZZicians received weekly private or group instrumental lessons while being exposed to jazz techniques. The Webster JAZZicians and the entire student body are exposed to jazz music through master classes and concerts throughout the year.

For more information on the Webster JAZZicians, please contact Brenda Lopez, Senior Manager, Educational Programs at (860) 987-6042 or