Encore Spring 2024


Bringing Jazz Overseas

Synthesis performs on BYU campus in Provo, Utah.

This May 2024, Synthesis will travel to Europe for the jazz group’s first extended tour since the COVID-19 pandemic. International tours provide opportunities for students to learn from other cultures and gain a wider range of performing experience. These tours are also a great way to share BYU’s mission with the world.

Synthesis will visit the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Anne Frank House, Cologne Cathedral, Porta Nigra, and other historical landmarks. In Germany, Synthesis will be featured at Trier’s Jazzfest am Dom and at Saarbrücken’s International Jazz Festival Saar. In Belgium, the group will hold a concert alongside high school jazz teacher Stefan Butterbach.

Synthesis pianist Heather Cutler plays in a concert on BYU campus in 2022.

“In Synthesis, we all strive for excellence and support each other as a band,” says Noelle Watts, the group’s teaching assistant. “It’s amazing to be a part of. I’m excited to watch everyone share their light and kindness as they create beautiful music and interact with the wonderful people we’ll meet on tour.”