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2016 Governor's Awards in the Arts:
Education Award



Lexington, Ky.



Miles Osland Miles Osland has been director of jazz studies at the University of Kentucky for more than 25 years. During that time, he has built a performance and education program that has as its legacy numerous jazz educators at all levels of instruction and many studio recordings.

Osland has been a musical ambassador for the Commonwealth, appearing throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia as a guest conductor, performer and composer. His compositions and arrangements have been recognized and supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council and by numerous other arts foundations.

Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, in a letter to the Governor’s Awards in the Arts Nominating Committee, wrote of Osland: “He is one of the few educators I know who are equally versed in jazz and classical music, and for the past 26 years, he has prepared his students at the University of Kentucky for a life in music, regardless of style or genre.”

Osland is active in the Jazz Educators Network, the North American Saxophone Alliance and the World Saxophone Congress. He has authored six books and over 75 published articles and reviews on saxophone technique and jazz improvisation. Longtime friend, fellow musician and Governor’s Award in the Arts recipient Vince DiMartino said Osland’s musicianship is apparent in his students, especially as they graduate and start careers of their own. “Miles Osland’s most valued contribution to the state of Kentucky is the quality of his students and what they are doing in performance and education. His teaching is responsible for the elevated level of jazz education that we experience in the public schools statewide. His students are at the helm of virtually every excellent high school jazz program in the state.”




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