Alex Sjobeck, adjunct professor of jazz piano and jazz techniques and methods for the Department of Music, has won a Young Composer Showcase Award from the Jazz Education Network. One of six selected winners, Sjobeck received the award for her small instrumental group piece, “Blue Light.” Sjobeck received the award while attending the 14th Annual JEN Conference in Orlando, Florida, January 4-7, 2023. Sjobeck also performed her piece for conference attendees as part of the award presentation.
According to their website, the Jazz Education Network is “dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance and developing new audiences.” As part of that mission, the goal of the Young Composer Showcase Award is to spotlight young jazz composers and allow them to have their original compositions recognized and performed at an international level.
Before her time at Boise State, Sjobeck obtained degrees in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Northern Colorado. On top of teaching, Sjobeck actively performs, tours and composes. Sjobeck has released four albums as leader and co-leader, composed music for film, toured with various ensembles, conducted music for big band, and presented workshops and masterclasses throughout the United States.
For more information about the JEN awards and to see a complete list of awardees, click here.