The Music Institute of Chicago announces a new jazz studies program. Beginning this fall, students of all ages and levels of experience will be able to explore jazz through private instruction and small ensembles as well as classes in improvisation and musicianship.

 MIC’s Jazz Studies Program is directed by Audrey Morrison, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and veteran jazz trombonist and educator in Chicago.

“The new Jazz Studies program adds an exciting new dimension to an already outstanding program at MIC,” said Ms. Morrison. “Our goal is to provide students of all ages and abilities with a knowledge, appreciation and passion for jazz. We will give our students individual attention as they develop greater creativity, self-expression, and confidence through learning to improvise. We also plan to expand MIC’s role in the community to include jazz events of all types,” she added.

The ceremonial kick-off for the Jazz Studies Program takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., with a concert by the internationally renowned Marcus Roberts Trio.

For more information on private and combo instruction, call 847-905-1500.