Haig Shahverdian
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Haig Shahverdian


Haig Shahverdian is a highly respected music educator with extensive knowledge of jazz ensemble technique, pedagogy, and repertoire. He taught middle school and high school for more than 40 years and was supervisor of fine and performing arts in the West Hartford Public Schools. Down Beat magazine has recognized Shahverdian as an Outstanding Jazz Educator. Under his direction, the Hall High School Concert Jazz Band has been recognized nationally and achieved numerous awards including Down Beat magazine (Outstanding HS Jazz Recording, Outstanding HS Musicians, Outstanding Jazz Combo), multiple Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival first-place awards, and Berklee Jazz Festival (Outstanding Jazz Ensemble and multiple first-place awards and Outstanding Musician awards), and was featured at an IAJE Convention with Wynton Marsalis as guest soloist. The Concert Jazz Band has performed with Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Heath, and many other jazz greats. Currently, Shahverdian co-directs the Concert Jazz Band at Hall High School, produces Pops 'n? Jazz, and leads the nonprofit foundation, Gifts of Music, which provides instrumental lessons to underserved students