2022 EMTA Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival, Workshop, and Concert

26 September 2022: Festival and Workshop Application Deadline
15 October 2022: Performances and Workshop
Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop Application

26 September 2022: Deadline to purchase reduced price Festival Concert Tickets
14 October 2022: Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival Concert by Elliot Gray
Advance Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival Concert Tickets

2022 Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival, Workshop and Concert Information PDF


2022 Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival Chairpersons: Marie Wollam-Mergler and Valerie Gathright
EMTA members should contact the chairpersons via email with any questions about the festival. Please check the members only section of the website for contact information.



Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival Concert on October 14, 2022

Visiting artist and festival adjudicator, Elliot Gray will present an hour long solo jazz piano recital. Students and adults will be able to purchase $5.00 student and $10.00 adult tickets in advance via the concert ticket link. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $20.00 cash only. Photos may be taken at this concert for use on the EMTA website and Facebook.
* Please note – EMTA Teachers need to purchase the $10.00 tickets to attend this event.
Concert date and time: October 14, 2022 at 7:00PM
Concert venue: Edgewood Baptist Church – 20406 76th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026


Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop on October 15, 2002

The festival will consist of two sessions: A masterclass and a workshop. Each session will be 1/2 to 1 hour long. Photos may be taken at this festival for use on the EMTA website and Facebook.
Festival/Workshop Registration Fee: $35 for one 5 minute or less piece. $45 for one 6-10 minute piece
Festival and Workshop Date and Time: October 15, 2022 from 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Festival and Workshop Venue: Edgewood Baptist Church – 20406 76th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026


MASTERCLASS – October 15, 2022
Each student will perform one jazz, rags, or blues piece. During the masterclass, the visiting artist will work with each student as well as write a brief evaluation. The adjudicator may recognize exceptional student performances by placing a gold seal on their certificate. Certificates will be mailed to the student’s teacher after the festival. At the conclusion of the festival the adjudicator will select up to three best of festival awards for junior (ages 12 and under) and senior (ages 13+) levels with up to three alternates for each. All best of festivals need to come across as authentically in the style of jazz, rags or blues. Students receiving a best of festival will perform in the EMTA Student Awards Gala in June. These results will be posted on the website after teachers and students are made aware of them by email.

WORKSHOP – October 15, 2022
The workshop will consist of group activities and exercises on the keyboard that explore improvisation and jazz techniques using “Heart and Soul.”

Requirements for Participation:

  1. Pieces must be works representing the Jazz, Rags or Blues styles. These include but are not limited to pieces from method book series (i.e. Martha Mier, Nancy and Randall Faber, etc.) and original transcriptions (i.e. Chick Corea, Art Tatum). Improvisations based on lead sheets are not allowed.
  2. Memorization is encouraged but not required. Only memorized pieces will be eligible for gold seals.
  3. Performance and workshop times will be held between 9AM and 6PM.  Time requests and changes may be considered but cannot be guaranteed. Students will be scheduled in groups according to age or level for a maximum of 2 hour duration (up to 1 hour masterclass, 1 hour workshop).
  4.  Registration and payment must be completed on the EMTA website. Each performer needs to register and pay individually.
  5. Participating students must be students of EMTA teachers.

Visiting Artist Bios

Masterclass Visiting Artist and Concert Performer: Elliot Gray

“The ‘Wave’s cathedral of sound in this celestial choir has more than an organist in musical maestro and jazzman Elliot – he is an exorcist who keeps heaven and hell perfectly attuned, both sides at bay, lifting this new light orchestra to heights barely visible from our perch below the stage.”

Oregon born and Washington raised, Elliot Gray has been a member of the NW music community in many forms. Trained in Classical and Jazz piano performance, Elliot ventured into the band world via brass, and has performed on tuba for over a decade. He is self-taught in guitar, bass, drumset, and percussion, on which he performs regularly in several groups, including his original band Good Quiver, a neo-soul post-punk creative exploration, and Good Times Roll: A Tribute to The Cars.

Elliot is as avid an educator as performer, and spends his days teaching elementary general music in the Northshore School District. His passion is leading his students to develop applicable musical skills, confidence in music making and discussion, and fostering a lifelong passion for music. In the past, Elliot has taught a full studio of private piano students, run jazz bands, guest conducted honor groups, and given workshops for state and local music education communities.

Workshop Visiting Artist: Kirk Marcy

Kirk Marcy is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. He began his teaching career in 1983 at Lake Washington High School. In 1987 he joined the Four Freshmen, singing and playing keyboards and brass. In 1988 Kirk returned to the Pacific Northwest to become the Director of Choirs at Edmonds College. In 2008, Kirk was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. In 2013 he received Edmonds College’s “Excellence in Education Award” for outstanding teaching. Kirk was selected as the 2017 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association “Music Educator of the Year.” 2022-23 marks his 35th year at the college. Kirk has been honored to conduct All-State Choirs in fifteen states, and served as guest conductor of the 2014 ACDA Northwest Division Honor Jazz Choir. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator at choral and vocal jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada. Kirk has served as ACDA National Vocal Jazz Repertoire and Standards Chair, and continues to serve as the manager for the WMEA All-State Jazz Choir, a position he has held since 1990. Kirk’s choral and jazz compositions are published through UNC Jazz Press, Walton and Anchor Music Publications, and he recently formed his own publishing company, Kirk Marcy Music.