Archive | September 2012

WIJSF NEWS September 2012

Celebrating 5 years of Musical Service!

Summer is almost over and, in the Fall, we will prepare for the COMMUNITY VOCAL ENSEMBLE concert at Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA).   We were awarded a $4,000 grant from Broward Schools  Student Enrichment in the Arts Program (SEAS) to perform on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 10 and 11:30 a.m., for Broward Public School students.


On the drawing board are plans for the MUSICWOMEN CONFERENCE in October 2013.  Registration will begin in October  2012.  We will celebrate our 5th Anniversary as a non-profit organization and all members who reside in South Florida are encouraged to attend our anniversary dinner on Tuesday, October 9 @ 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at a restaurant to be announced very soon.   The contact person for this event is Brian Harris. Immediately following dinner, we will attend a Press Conference at the offices of the South Florida Symphony, our presenting partners in the 2013 conference. Other partners include International Women in Jazz in New York, Women in Jazz in Austin, Texas, and Instrumental Women in Pasadena, California.


Many thanks to Christine Vitolo for her service as our National President for 2011-2012. Your insight and support has helped moved this organization forward in many ways and your service is greatly appreciated.  Say “Hello!” to our new National President Wanda Trotter, whose expertise led us to a successful application for 501(c)(3) status from the onset. Wanda said, “My goal is to bring in funding.  I will be working to build the board with contributing members that understand their job is to bring money in so that the work can get done.”


We’re happy to have Marika Guyton as the Chair of our Program Committee. With several years of experience as an event planner through her company ABOUTU4U, Marika is working behind the scenes to plan performances featuring our members.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, contact Marika Guyton!

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We salute our member Rick Lewis of FtLaudi-Gras.  It was such a pleasure to perform at the Midtown Jazz Mingler with my group Jazz Hotline on August 11. Despite the rain, the music was good and the audience was happy!  Keep up the good work Rick.  We’re looking to have more of our members perform at your events in 2013!


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September 21, 2012

Joan Cartwright joins Kiki Sanchez and an array of talented musicians for Noches Tropicales.

September 21 & 27, 2012

Friday, September 21 & 27 @ 7 – 11 p.m.
Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL

September 29, 2012

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Our 182 members: 84 musicians, 11 students, 40 men and three venues welcome newest members: Dr. Alston Gooding, Pamela Hart, Alfreda Upshaw, Richard Carpenito, Pamela A. Adams, William H. Roberts, Anjal, and Anita C. Havel. Our members are from five countries: U.S., Angola, Holland, Sweden and Italy. 20 of our members have submitted their original songs to our compilation CDs. The third CD will release in January 2013. Submit your song by October 30, 2012!


EARLY Registration begins October 9, 2012!