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Jazz Ensemble Auditions (click for pdf instrumental Info flyer) are held on the week of Jan. 21-24, 2020: "Replacement" auditions only, for new students or returning students who wish to play in a different ensemble and/or combo. Audition sign-up is outside Rm. 252 (Prof. Holmes' office) for instrumental, and Rm. 149N (Prof. Jensen-Hole's office) for vocal.Spring 2020 jazz instrumental audition music (same as Fall 2019):
Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Auditions held the week of Jan. 21-24, Room 149N.
Click for Info sheet. Questions, contact Prof. Jensen-Hole.
Spring 2020 Audition music (same as Fall 2019): Soprano-Alto Tenor-Bass
JAZZ ENSEMBLE I/STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Jeffrey W. Holmes, director
This award-winning Big Band has gained national and international recognition including top honors at major collegiate jazz festivals and conferences, and ensemble, individual performing, and writing citations from Downbeat Magazine's Annual Student Music Awards. Guest jazz artists commonly are featured with this ensemble. Strings, winds and percussion augment Jazz Ensemble I to form the Studio Orchestra, seven times named Best Collegiate Studio Orchestra and three times Best Blues/Pop/Rock Ensemble by Downbeat. Faculty and student works are performed prominently along with significant historic repertoire.
JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLE
This big-band ensemble performs a varied repertoire, and is conducted by Graduate Jazz majors.
VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE Audition Info (Spring 2020)
Catherine Jensen-Hole, director
The primary ensemble for vocal jazz studies, it has been named Best Collegiate Jazz Choir by Downbeat magazine. Consisting of 8-12 singers and a rhythm section that is often augmented by horns, the ensemble performs both standard and contemporary jazz repertoire arranged by faculty, students and nationally-recognized vocal jazz arrangers.
CHAMBER JAZZ ENSEMBLES
Jazz Faculty and Jazz Graduate students, directors/coaches
Multiple ensembles perform standard and student-written materials in concert and weekly recital settings.
JAZZ IN JULY
This Fine Arts Center two-week summer program, although not a part of Music Department curricula or degree programs, takes place in the Music wing of the Fine Arts Center and includes jazz faculty members from the Department. (To learn more, please visit the Jazz in July website)