Mayor Purzycki Urges Young Composers and Performers to Apply for the Boysie Lowery Jazz Residency Program  

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said today he is pleased to share the following news release from the Light Up The Queen Foundation, which is looking for young composers and performers to become part of a local jazz residency program named after jazz great Boysie Lowery. Wilmington’s Acting Cultural Affairs Director, Tina Betz, is heading up the search for talented young people who would like to participate in this year’s residency program based in Wilmington.

For More information About the Residency Program contact:
Tina Betz                                                        
Executive Director                                                    
Light Up The Queen Foundation                    

Applications are Due by March 31, 2018
The Light Up The Queen Foundation today announced the official ‘open call’ for applications from composers/performers, ages 17 to 25, who would like to be participants in the 2018 Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Program. This year’s program will be held in Wilmington, Delaware, from June 10 through 24. The Residency is fully subsidized, including meals and housing. Johnathan Whitney serves as the Program Director of the program.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2018, 2018, 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants may submit their information or receive more information about the jazz residency program by visiting

Between 12 and 15 young people will be selected for a two-week residency in performing, composing, arranging and improvisation. The Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency is designed to give participants an intense learning experience that will help them begin to find their sound, mature as a player, mature as a musician, and make lasting connections with like-minded peers. Participants will be introduced to a variety of harmonic, melodic, sonic, and textural possibilities, and then be asked to apply them to new compositions.

The residency program will include numerous semi-public performance opportunities, culminating with a final concert to be performed on June 24 at the  historic Queen Theater in downtown Wilmington. The 2018 residency is being presented in collaboration with the City of Wilmington’s 30th Anniversary DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

About Robert “Boysie” Lowery

The Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency is named after and inspired by the late Robert “Boysie” Lowery. After moving to Wilmington, Delaware in the 1940’s, Lowery began his extraordinary career as a jazz educator. For over 50 years, he taught hundreds of aspiring musicians. His most noted pupil was the late Clifford Brown, considered by many to be the finest trumpeter of the time. Clifford began his study with Lowery at the age of 12 while a student in Wilmington’s public schools. Lowery’s list of pupils also includes some of the finest jazz musicians to come out of the Delaware Valley, including Lem Winchester, Ernie Watts, Abdu-Rashid Yahya, Marcus Belgrave, and Gerald Chavis. In addition, Lowery had been sought out by musicians as far away as Russia (Valery Ponomarev) and Africa (Hugh Masekela). Prior to his death in 1996, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation awarded Lowery with its 1995 Living Legacy Award.

About the Light Up The Queen Foundation

The Light Up The Queen Foundation, a Delaware 501c3 non-profit corporation, is dedicated to the revival of the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, and to assuring that The Queen becomes a catalyst for building community through music, the arts and community engagement programs.


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