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MLK Campus: 210-486-2330
Location: Center for Learning Resources (CLR)

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Location: Building 1-C123


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Next Performance:

May 2, 2017, Arts San Antonio, Floating Feastival on the Riverwalk

May 3, 2017, Arts San Antonio, Floating Feastival on the Riverwalk

May 6, 2017, 3rd Annual AFA Jazz Invitational, Watson Fine Arts Center at St. Philip’s College, 7pm




 Click Here to Register for an Audition for the 2017 Season

The AFA Jazz Ensemble, founded in 2011, provides instrumental students an opportunity to develop their ensemble playing in a stylized Jazz Band format, and also allows students to develop as soloists. Our goal is to provide the foundation for a life-long passion for Jazz.

This elite group is open to serious high school and college musicians by audition only. The AFA Jazz performs in small and  large group settings on and off campus throughout the year. Participants are challenged to grow in new directions during rehearsals that incorporate ear training, jazz theory, and advanced concepts in jazz improvisation.

The AFA Jazz Ensemble holds open auditions throughout the season.  

The AFA Jazz Ensemble requires full commitment. Members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts and spend whatever time is necessary to practice and learn all of the music in a timely manner. We'll have a lot of fun, and part of that fun will come from having high expectations and standards. However, we encourage all interested musicians to audition, regardless of ability. We may be able to organize one or more additional bands to accommodate those committed musicians that are not accepted into the top ensemble.

Placement in the ensemble will be determined by playing ability and commitment. The musical factors we will consider include tone, intonation, technique, rhythmic accuracy, reading ability, and musicality. In addition, some (but not all) positions will require some proficiency in jazz improvisation.



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The Academy programs partner with the San Antonio Food Bank as collection sites at each concert. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation.

Click HERE for information about the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensembles (SAYWE).

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Director Academy of Fine Arts/Community Education
Nina McGrath


Learning Leadership Development Center #114A (101 Meerscheidt @ Dakota 78203) 

Academy of Fine Arts Principal Conductor:
Roderick Leonard

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