For the past 10 years, SIMA has been addressing the jazz musician gender imbalance by holding an annual short-course program that encourages young women to pursue a career in the field of jazz.
The course runs on Saturday mornings for eight weeks from July - September at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and culminates in an end-of-course showcase concert at the Music Cafe on Thursday 20 September.
The Young Women's Jazz Workshops began in 2002 in association with Sandy Evans, and has grown to an intake of up to 50 students annually. It is designed for young women who are interested in pursuing a professional career in jazz and improvised music, and cater for beginners through to more experienced players.
Workshops are taught by some of Australia’s leading jazz musicians and educators, including Alex Silver (trombone), Monique Lysiak (piano), Elana Stone (voice), Jess Green (guitar) and Zoe Hauptmann (bass).
Most of the members of the all-female jazz orchestra The Sirens (pictured) are former students of the course.
For more information on the course go to the SIMA website
or to apply for the course go to the Sydney Conservatorium website
To see pictures from the 2011 end-of-course showcase concert, click here.