MU School of Music’s graduate student Aryana Nemati-Baghestani has been selected by invitation to participate in the SEC All Star Jazz Combo. The group is slated to perform during the 2016 SEC Football Championship weekend Dec. 2-3 in Atlanta, GA. They will be providing music for the SEC Legend’s Dinner on Friday and for the SEC Corporate Hospitality Pregame Party on Saturday.
Students selected for the ensemble are chosen by their universities and have demonstrated award-winning competence. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey comments, “The performing arts are an important component of the educational experience, and we are delighted to provide a showcase for these students and the SEC universities they represent. The SEC is pleased to feature these talented young people, and this year’s student music ensemble is another example of our commitment to higher education.”
Scott Wilson, Associate Professor of Jazz at the University of Florida and the ensemble director, states, “The SEC student music ensemble is an amazing opportunity to artistically connect with our SEC universities, instructors and musicians. The support of the SEC is truly innovative and we are thrilled to be part of the SEC Football Championship weekend.”
When contacted about the selection process, School of Music Director Dr. Julia Gaines says, “I didn’t hesitate to nominate one of our outstanding graduate students. Aryanna has been a critical component of our jazz program over the past two years. She is a talented performer, composer, and arranger. This is a great way for her to show off this talent and be recognized for her hard work.”
Nemati-Baghestani, who will play alto saxophone in the ensemble, is very glad for this opportunity. “Being able to work and perform with other SEC university musicians is something I am proud to be part of.”