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MUSICIAN Born:

Sidney Hauser

Hailing from Whidbey Idland, Sidney received her BA in Fine Arts and a minor in Music Performance from the University of Washington. She has studied under local artists such as Neil Welch, Michael Brockman and Steve Treseler. She now plays lead alto in the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, second alto in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and second alto in The Jazz Police. Additionally she plays in a prog rock group, a folk rock band and leads her own fusion group SmackTalk. When she’s not playing music or working full-time, she does commissioned artwork on the side.

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz Contest For Women Composers!

Jazz Contest For Women Composers!

SEATTLE WOMEN’S JAZZ ORCHESTRA (SWOJO) announces the Third Annual Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest for Women Composers. The winning composition will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with award-winning guitarist Mimi Fox in Seattle. The winner of the contest will receive a $400 honorarium, an audio recording of their piece performed live, and the winning composition will ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Women Jazz Ensemble Composers Wanted!

Women Jazz Ensemble Composers Wanted!

The First Annual Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest for Women Composers is now open for submissions! This contest has been created to encourage the composition of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature playable by high schools, honor bands, college bands and professional bands alike. The winning composition will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with a ...

NEWS: CONTEST

Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest For Women Composers!

Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest For Women Composers!

Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) has created this contest to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature playable by high schools, honor bands, college bands and professional bands alike. The winning composition will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with a special guest artist at our upcoming concert in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra: Meeting of the Waters

Read "Meeting of the Waters" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, now seven years old, has produced its second superlative album of contemporary jazz, a cosmopolitan enterprise showcasing impressive compositions and arrangements by musical director Daniel Barry; Englishwoman Hazel Leach, co-leader of the European-based United Women's Orchestra; and Jill Townsend, one of Canada's most talented writers in the big-band genre.

As on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra: Dreamcatcher

Read "Dreamcatcher" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's more conclusive evidence, if any were needed, that jazz is no longer solely a man's game. The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra joins the burgeoning ranks of all-female big bands that include DIVA, Maiden Voyage, Germany's United Women's Orchestra, Japan's Blue Aeronauts and ensembles led by Chrissy Lee and Kit McClure with an auspicious debut album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra: Dreamcatcher

Read "Dreamcatcher" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

According to the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra web site ,

The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra was formed to nurture the musical, educational and artistic growth of individual musicians, to encourage women to become involved in jazz performance/composition as a career or avocation, and to foster community interest in and appreciation of jazz as an ...