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The New Orleans Jazz Institute is a partnership between NOJO and the University of New Orleans (UNO) that links UNO’s strengths in Jazz education with NOJO’s professional and performance expertise. NOJI provides year-round music education and training for children ages 8-17, and serves to promote creative excellence and best practices in Jazz composition, performance, scholarship, importation, exportation and education. Through NOJI, we are able to ensure that the rich musical heritage of New Orleans not only continues but advances.

Project Prodigy

Project Prodigy is a summer music camp for New Orleans public school students in 4th - 8th grades that enriches musical skills and nourishes an appreciation of the arts. The camp is led by seven instructors, all of whom are professional music teachers in Orleans Parish Public Schools. In addition, local musicians provide hands-on demonstrations, and - throughout the year - students can participate in a series of field trips focused on the culture of New Orleans music. The camp runs from June through mid-July, ending with a concert for friends and family. The one-time enrollment fee is $50.

2013 Dates: Registration June 1 & 8, Camp June 10 - July 5

Saturday Music School (SMS)

Through NOJI, our partnership with UNO, SMS offers a comprehensive music curriculum that features applied music instruction; quality instructors from UNO, NOJI and NOJO, and contracted artistic personnel; group lessons for beginning students; private applied music lessons for more advanced students; music appreciation and beginning theory classes for all; and performance opportunities at NOJO hometown concerts and festivals such as French Quarter Fest. Aspiring SMS students must audition and exhibit core abilities. SMS is free of charge to all participants.

Auditions: Saturday, January 25th, 9-10am

Contact Katie DeBruhl for information:, 504.913.0575

NOJI Masters Series

Each semester, NOJI commissions Jazz music based on certain themes. The music is created by Steve Masakowski, the Coca-Cola Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies; and NOJO members Victor Atkins, the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Music, and Ed Petersen, Associate Chair of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies.

  • Spring 2010: Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim & Chicago's Tenor Masters
  • Fall 2010: Jazz interpretations of the 2010 New Orleans Opera season
  • Spring 2011: New Orleans Jazz Masters Ellis Marsalis, James Black and Harold Battiste
  • Fall 2011: William Faulkner, Dr. Seuss & A Confederacy of Dunces (Photo Gallery)
  • Spring 2012: Spirituals & Spirituality
  • Fall 2012: The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, & Stevie Wonder

"New Orleans as Discourse" Class

"New Orleans as Discourse" is a 14-week course at The University of New Orleans that allows participating students the ability to interview professionals and icons in the New Orleans cultural community (Art, Humanities and Music) about their areas of expertise.

Jazz Archive

NOJI is in the development stages of a Jazz Archive honoring the Jazz Masters of New Orleans.

Jazz Curriculum

Through NOJI and the Capital One-New Beginnings Charter Schools Network, NOJO is designing a Jazz Curriculum that was initially taught to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. The curriculum examines the sounds of Jazz, contributors to Jazz and Jazz instruments.

"Music Inside Out" Class

"Music Inside Out" is a look at the music of New Orleans and its influence around the world. Each class at The University of New Orleans features a live performance and interview with a local musician or band. Find out more >>


NOJI's Advisory Board hosted three "BubbleQ" fundraisers featuring premium champagnes from Glazer's Distributors of Louisiana and "Haute Cuisine Barbeque" delicacies from New Orleans' finest restaurants and chefs.

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Thank you to our 2012 sponsors: Glazer's Distributors Of Louisiana, JOEL Event Planning and CateringThe New Orleans Public Library.

*2012 Participating Restaurants: Fat Hen GrocerySte. MarieThe Grill Room at Windsor CourtIrvin Mayfield's I ClubSaucy's BBQ GrillVooDoo BBQ & GrillBorgne and Sucré!! Water provided by vitaminwater®.


NOJI Leadership

  • Dr. Susan Krantz, Dean of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans
  • Irvin Mayfield, Director, New Orleans Jazz Institute
  • Dr. Corey Hebert, Chairman, NOJI Advisory Board
  • Ronald Markham, President & CEO, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Stephanie Mayne, Chief of Staff, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Bivian "Sonny" Lee, Director of Programming, New Orleans Jazz Institute

Graduate Assistants

  • Chrissy Miller
  • Trent Bowers

Advisory Board

  • Amanda Hogue, Attorney
  • Anna Barbara, Teacher, Hynes Charter School & Staff Sergeant, LA Air National Guard
  • Dr. April Whatley Bedford, Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Development, University of New Orleans
  • Ashley Barkley, Executive Assistant, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights
  • Ben Gersh, Special Events Coordinator, Glazer's Companies of Louisiana
  • Brian Landry, Chef/Partner, Borgne
  • Bruce Raeburn, Curator, Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University
  • Christopher A. Tyson, Law Office Of Christopher A. Tyson
  • David Torkanowsky, Composer
  • Jan V. Ramsey, Publisher, OffBeat Media
  • Josh Danzig, Publisher, Where Y'at Magazine
  • Katie Smith, Public Relations Manager, Audubon Nature Institute & President, Hound Dog Inc.
  • Lauren Lagarde, Publicist
  • Martine Marie Chaisson, Owner, Martine Chaisson Gallery
  • Maurice Ruffin, Attorney, Krebs, Farley & Pelleteri
  • Meghan Graham, Mercy Family Center (Mercy Community Hope Project)
  • McKensie Kirchner, Development Manager, St. Thomas Community Health Center
  • Michael Stewart, Senior Regional Sales Executive, Southeast Region Food Service/On-Premise, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Miles Tully, Jr., General Manager, Barcadia
  • Nicole Robinson, Marketing & PR Associate/Merchandise Manager, Mahalia Jackson Theater/Saenger Theater
  • Sadye Finkel, Special Projects Director, Office of Councilman Eric Granderson
  • Sara Kavanaugh, Assistant Food and Beverage Director/Sommelier, Grill Room and Polo Lounge at the Windsor Court Hotel
  • Steve Masakowski, Director of Jazz Studies, UNO
  • Todd E. Pereira, Recreation Special Program Supervisor, Cultural Programs Eastbank, Jefferson Parish



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