Congratulations to the 2023 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award recipient for the Litchfield Jazz Camp, Sofia Longa.

Sofia Longa is currently attending the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida as a sophomore. The New World School of the Arts is a center of artistic and academic excellence in the visual and performing arts. She has been playing the double bass for four years, starting at the age of ten. Some of her influences include the great Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride. This year, Sofia is planning on auditioning for Young Arts, whose mission is to identify exceptional young artists, amplify their potential, and invest in their life long creative freedom. Sofia hopes to keep playing this marvelous music we know as jazz. 

This past spring, Sofia performed with the New World School of the Arts High Jazz Jazz Ensemble at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City. Her bass playing contributed to a third place award for the ensemble, as well as an “Outstanding Rhythm Section” award. Billy Strayhorn Song Inc. and the Billy Strayhorn Foundation congratulate this up and coming rising star and wish her the best in following a wonderful musical path she is traveling…Congrats Sofia!

Founded in 1997, Litchfield Jazz Camp serves about 300 residential and day students during a month-long program on the campus of the The Frederick Gunn School in Washington, Connecticut. Run by Litchfield Performing Arts (established 1981), a charitable organization dedicated to changing lives through music, the Camp’s philosophy is simple. They start with a faculty of amazing and inspiring jazz musicians who represent the best jazz players/educators on the scene today. To that they add eager music students in a non-competitive, all-inclusive program. No audition is required; just a desire to attend and make music. Litchfield Jazz Camp embraces all learners: students of all ages from 13 years up– beginners, intermediate learners, advanced players, students with learning disabilities. That is how the collaborative, supportive and fun atmosphere at Litchfield Jazz Camp is created. Learn more about Litchfield at: