The Grammy Foundation® (www.grammyintheschools. com) recently announced that Angelea Taylor, daughter of Malcolm and Robyn Taylor, is one of 30 talented high school students from across the United States selected for positions in the 2011 Grammy® Jazz Ensembles.
Ms. Taylor's selection launches her and the other selected high school students into the spotlight surrounding the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and provides them with opportunities to perform in front of some of music's biggest names. Since 1993, the Grammy Foundation has provided students with this extraordinary musical experience. The students, representing 30 cities and 12 states, will travel to Los Angeles for a weeklong musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and Dr. Leila Heil of Colorado State University.
The ensembles will perform at various Grammy Week events including — for the second year— an appearance at Grammy In The Schools® Live! — A Celebration of Music & Education, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund. This special evening, which is open to the public, will showcase the ensembles, along with student alumni from Grammy Camp and Grammy Signature Schools, with special guest artists on Feb. 9, 2011, at USC in the Los Angeles Grand Ballroom. The Ensembles will offer another public performance at Spaghettini's Italian Grill & Jazz Club with a special guest artist on Feb. 10.
The ensembles will again record at the legendary Capitol Studios & Mastering in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of the EMI Music Group. Grammy Jazz Ensembles CDs from 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 are available for purchase at online music outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, Napster, and Rhapsody.
The Grammy Jazz Ensembles will also perform again this year at the MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute on Feb. 11, which will honor Barbra Streisand. As a grand finale, the ensembles will attend the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the Grammy Celebration® after-party.
Ms. Taylor, a soprano, is a student at Pittsburgh School for Creative and Performing Arts. She is an alumnus of Duquesne University Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh and has performed in vocal ensembles in five opera productions with the Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
She has performed as a vocalist with the Artistic Youth Ambassadors of Pittsburgh as part of its Artistic Excellence International Exchange and Education Program, which has led her to vocal soloist performance in Nassau, Bahamas and Rome, Italy. She has also volunteered her talents to entertain and minister to elderly in a local assisted living facility.
The Grammy Jazz Ensembles selectees are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the Grammy Foundation's college partners: Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and USC Thornton School of Music. In addition, each selectee's school will receive a professional cymbal courtesy of the Zildjian Company.