Summers is a passionate educator specializing in creative improvisation, composition, large and small ensemble techniques and jazz history. She works extensively as a guest artist and adjudicator throughout North America, and helps to develop and execute the mission of several not-for-profit education initiatives that seek to initiate social change through music.  At the heart of her teaching philosophy is her commitment to helping students establish and refine their own personal connections between the physical and the intellectual elements of music so that they may express themselves fully and intuitively.

 

Affiliations, past and present, include:

 

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Optimist Jazz Festival

Brandon Jazz Festival

Buddy DeFrancesco Jazz Festival

Southern Wesleyan University Jazz Camp

MacEwan Summer Jazz Workshop

Saskatoon Jazz Society Jazz Education Workshop

The Archipelago Project

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids

The Merit School of Music's Tuition-Free Conservatory

The People's School of Music

Ravinia Festival's El Sistema 

IAJE Canada's Jazzmobile

The Cleveland Institute of Music

Kent State University

Ashland University

Morehead State University

Chicago Academy of the Arts

BCMEA Scholarship Committee

Kentucky Music Educator's All-State Jazz Ensemble

EDUCATION