Monterey Jazz @ TSU: April 12-13, 2022

Monterey Jazz at TSU

About the Festival

Texas Southern University has partnered with the world-renowned Monterey Jazz Festival to bring a FREE Music Symposium on Tuesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 13, 2022, featuring Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence, Queen Cora. All Greater Houston-area high schools, middle schools, and the community are invited to participate in this special event. 

  • Network with Professionals and Peers
  • Learn Insider Secrets in the Music Industry
  • Pick the brains of TSU faculty and industry professionals
  • Jam with your colleagues and spark life-long collaborations
  • Build the foundations of a career in the music industry
  • Audition for premier jazz performing and touring opportunities


Artist-in-Residence Queen Cora

Queen Cora Dunham is a Houston native having attended Kashmere High School under senior William Portis where she played in the marching and concert bands. After graduating as valedictorian, Cora pursued her Bachelor of Science Degree at Howard University where she marched in Howard’s Thunder Machine marching drum section.

Cora went on to perform around the world with artists such as Prince, Beyonce, Yusef Lateef, Mary J. Blige, Lala Hathaway, Maceo Parker, Ledisi and countless others. In addition to being a full-time musician she has also authored books like GAGU Gathering a Greater Understanding, The Ultimate Life Guide for Youth and Who Am I? For Preteens & Teens.

She is also founder and CEO of The VIVO Club, Inc., a U.S.-based company that is a media & music conglomerate, and founder and CEO of Building Simple, Inc., a U.S.-based cutting-edge construction company that repurposes solid-steel shipping containers for residential, commercial, and recreational use. Cora is a powerhouse of creativity and entrepreneurship and we are thrilled to host her and help spread her message to young minds.

Schedule of Events

Date Details
Tuesday, April 12 - Artist Tools - Master's Secrets MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL DAY

Morning (9-11 a.m.)
Performance Tools:  
Presenter: Queen Cora 

  • Mastering your craft
  • Developing your artistry
  • Communicating your vision
  • Cultivating professionalism
11:30 a.m. - Lunch

Afternoon (12:30-2 p.m.) Master’s Secrets: Panel Discussion on Music Mastery Queen Cora, TSU Faculty, Area Professionals


  • Pursuing your dream
  • Breaking into the industry
  • The role of a college education
  • Developing a network


Wednesday, April 13 – Career Tools - Industry Secrets

Career Tools: Presenter: Queen Cora


  • Finding your voice 
  • Developing your story 
  • Investing in yourself 
  • Making yourself stand out
11:30 a.m. - Lunch

Afternoon (12:30-2 p.m.) Music Industry Secrets: Panel Discussion on Music Industry: Queen Cora, TSU Faculty, Area Professionals


  • Music entrepreneurship
  • Establishing a revenue stream
  • Branding & marketing
  • Engaging fans & social media