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Jazz

All students who receive School of Music, Theatre & Dance merit-based scholarships are required to participate each semester in one of the ensembles marked with an asterisk (*) or for some jazz degrees (**); doctoral students are exempt.

** Jazz Ensemble 1 or 2 credits
  • Big-band jazz ensemble
  • Placement by audition - most selective jazz ensemble
  • Audition Repertoire
  • Rehearses TTh 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Rehearsal Hall
  • Contact: Ellen Rowe, Associate Professor & Chair (Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation)

** Jazz Lab Ensemble 1 or 2 credits
  • Big-band jazz ensemble, standard repertory inc. Basie, Ellington, Thad Jones
  • Placement by audition - highly selective
  • Audition Repertoire
  • Rehearses MW 2:30 - 4:30PM, Britton Recital Hall
  • Contact: Dennis Wilson, Assistant Professor (Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation)

Creative Arts Orchestra 1 or 2 credits
  • Eclectic improvisation-based ensemble
  • Placement by audition - highly selective
  • Rehearses TTh 5:30 - 7:30PM, Rehearsal Hall
  • Contact: Mark Kirschenmann, Lecturer (Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation)

Small Jazz Ensembles 1 or 2 credits
  • Small combos in varying instrumentations
  • Placement by audition - highly selective
  • Audition information
  • Full Class Meeting Monday 6-8PM. Other possible individual combo rehearsal times Monday 8-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, 4:30-6, Friday 4:30-6 or by arrangement.
  • Contact: Robert Hurst, Associate Professor (Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation)

Campus Jazz Ensemble (ENS 360) 1 or 2 credits
  • Big band jazz ensemble, standard repertory
  • Placement by audition; open to non-music majors
  • Audition information
  • Rehearses Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 PM, Rehearsall Hall, Moore Building
  • Contact: David Sayers, GSI (Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation)

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