I am very excited at the thought of how the Valley Jazz Cooperative can contribute to the educational community in Phoenix. And as one who truly loves teaching, I feel privileged by this opportunity to serve young musicians and other artists, offering them guidance as they continue to explore their passions and hone their skills.
While the East Valley Jazz Cooperative is the group that gets the entire VJC program off the ground, I can’t wait to see what the future holds and how things develop in the years to come as we respond to our community’s educational needs, in partnership with area organizations and institutions. The word “cooperative” was chosen with great intent, and after much deliberation. We truly hope to serve young people in ways that support the great instruction already being offered in many different corners of Phoenix.
I also want to express deep gratitude to my Music Serving the Word family for their support of this educational initiative. This endeavor would not be possible without your support. Thank you.
Now‘s the time for Valley Jazz Cooperative to do great things in our community!
---Russell Schmidt, VJC Director