Jazz is an integral part of musical life at the Sunderman Conservatory. Each year, 18 to 22 students are selected via audition for the Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble studies myriad styles of jazz, encompassing swing, Latin, fusion, bop, and the Great American Songbook ... and experiences a vast range of performance and engagement opportunities.
Performances scheduled for 2012-13 include the ever-popular Autumn Leaves Family Weekend Concert and the 24th Annual Winter Jazz Concert with renowned guest composer/trombonist Chris Brubeck. Mr. Brubeck will be in residence for a week of classes and workshops prior to his performance.
The Jazz Ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 -- 9:30 pm; members also attend a weekly sectional.
Students with an interest in jazz can live in The Blue Note House, and/or can join The Jazz Appreciation Society - an on-campus group that sponsors an annual swing dance and other jazz related activities.
The Jazz Curriculum also includes a jazz combo (Dispatch), improvisation lab, private improvisation lessons, and two jazz history courses. See Jazz Course Listing.
Students may elect to earn the BA in Music with jazz emphasis
Freedom Jazz Dance (mp3 link)
500 Miles High (mp3 link)