The Light Up The Queen Foundation (LUQ) announces the 2016 Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency from June 12 to 26. The residency is a two-week performance and composition program for the next generation of jazz composers who, with their talent and passion, are keeping jazz alive. LUQ worked with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts Betty Carter Jazz Ahead to design the residency for serious young jazz performers and composers, selecting students from the ages of 17 to 25. The program offers students daily workshops, private and group lessons, master classes, and rehearsals with established jazz artists.

Now in its second year, the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency receives program development guidance from the Kennedy Center’s prestigious international jazz residency—the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead project. Program sessions will be led by teaching and guest artists, selected from the rich pool of talented music professionals who reside, teach and work in the mid-Atlantic region.

“Our vision is to become a jazz residency that is known for encouraging and nurturing the next generation of jazz performers and preparing them for a lifelong journey of self-discovery and self-exploration!”

Tina Betz
Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Program Coordinator
Executive Director of LUQ

Selected by a competitive application process, 15 students are immersed in intense training in performing, composing/arranging and improvisation. In addition to intimate semi-public performances during the two weeks, the program’s graduates—joined by the residency’s teaching/artists—perform an open-to-the-public concert on the main stage at the Queen Theater featuring compositions created by the graduates.

“The immersive environment of this residency will encourage creative exploration and exchange between the participants 24 hours a day,” said Jonathan Whitney, Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Program Director and Teaching Artist. “Participants will be given the opportunity to develop personal strategies for pursuing career opportunities while being surrounded by a stylistically and culturally diverse community of mentors and peers.” Classes will be held at the Queen Theatre and other partner venues throughout Wilmington. Students will be housed at the Delaware College of Arts and Design.

The 2016 Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency is generously supported by the Delaware Division of the Arts, Delaware College of Art and Design, The Grand Opera House/Arts Academy at The Grand, Kenney Family Foundation and World Cafe Live at The Queen.

The program has been gaining regional attention, with a profile and spotlight article being released on, highlighting the young musicians and their dedication.