Staff

Vincent York (Founder and Artistic Director)
First and foremost Vincent York is a jazz musician. As the creative force behind Jazzistry he wear’s many hats both figuratively and literally. In his position as artistic director Vincent’s roles include composer, bandleader, educator and advocate for the arts. Vincent believes every American can be proud of jazz. He says “it embodies our most admired cultural characteristics – self expression, spontaneity, boldness and invention!”

Evon Schmitzerle (Office Manager)
Evon is “jazzed” about her new role as the person in charge of daily operations at Jazzistry and looks forward to bringing her years of experience to this unique non-profit organization. She has a BA in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Detroit and enjoys working with children of all ages. Evon’s commitment to Jazzistry and children is fully exemplified by Plato’s quote, “Teach the children music… for in the patterns of the arts are the keys to all learning.”