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IU student Garrett Fasig to be awarded for Excellence in Jazz Composition


The Hoagy Carmichael Award for Excellence in Jazz Composition will be awarded to Jacobs School of Music master’s student Garrett Fasig during the Jazz Celebration at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at the Musical Arts Center. 

Hoagy Carmichael, a celebrated Bloomington native and IU alumnus, was a musician whose compositions transcended the traditional musical art form to become classics in the American cultural landscape. 

The Carmichael Award for Excellence in Jazz Composition is awarded to a student at the Jacobs School of Music based on a faculty review of their compositions. The award includes $3,000, a customized plaque and a copy of Richard Sudhalter’s biography of Carmichael. 

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Fasig studied saxophone with IU music professors Tom Walsh and Greg Ward. He has also studied composition and musical arrangement with IU music professor Brent Wallarab, writing several original compositions that have been recorded by Wallarab’s Jazz Ensemble. 

Fasig has been commissioned for jazz ensemble and orchestral works by the New York Youth Symphony and jazz singer Brianna Thomas. He has also learned and performed with widely respected musicians like Walter Smith III, Steve Houghton and Dayna Stephens. 

The Jazz Celebration will honor the 100-year anniversary of some of the most influential jazz recordings ever made. At the event, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra will present IU music professor Brent Wallarab’s new composition, “The Gennett Suite.” 

Tickets for the Jazz Celebration are available through the Jacobs School of Music website.

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