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Jazz Ensembles are open to all UMass Amherst & 5-College students, by audition. Contact Prof. Holmes for more info. Please contact Prof. Jensen-Hole for info about Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz Ensemble Auditions are held on Tues, Wed & Thurs, Sept. 5, 6 & 7, 2017. Audition sign up is outside Rm. 252, Fine Arts Center Music wing.
Click for Instrumental Jazz Ensemble Audition details (pdf).
Audition music available in Music office or online:
Saxophone/Clarinet
Trumpet
TenorTrombone
BassTrb/Tuba
Guitar
Piano
Vibes/Flute
Bass
Drumset

Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Info sheet  Auditions held Wed-Thurs-Fri, Sept 6-7-8, Room 149N.
Questions, contact Prof. Jensen-Hole. Audition music: Soprano/Alto  Tenor/Bass

Visit the JAZZ STUDIES WEBPAGE


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.


CHAPEL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Felipe Salles and Thomas Giampietro, directors
Presents traditional big-band literature, experimental compositions, and pop and rock music.


JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLE
This big-band ensemble performs a varied repertoire, and is conducted by Graduate Jazz majors.


VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE   Audition Info   Excerpts-Men   Excerpts-Women
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)