Jazz Studies

Overview

The Jazz Program consists of two large jazz ensembles and two smaller jazz combos. Both the ensembles and combos expose students to classic and contemporary jazz literature and styles with an emphasis on quality performance and education. Auditions for the Jazz ensembles are open to all CSU students.

Degree Program

Jazz Studies students are highly encouraged to develop their talents in the context of a wide musical world while still learning the classic music of the jazz masters.

  • The select nature of the CSU Jazz Program gives students the opportunity for more individual attention and time with their faculty mentors.
  • Students develop skills that can be immediately applied to a range of career performance opportunities, both on and off campus.
  • Students get to learn from and perform with a wide range of regular guest artists and clinicians. Past guests include John Fedchock, John Riley, Dave Pietro, Paul McKee, Walt Weiskopf, Scott Wendholt, Rich Perry, Greg Gisbert, Zach Brock, Erik Deutsch, Art Lande, Nguyen Le, Ron Miles, Michael Weiss, and many more.
  • Repertoire for our two big bands and multiple small combos includes classic literature and modern music, and students are pushed to write and arrange their own music to share with their peers and the public in our regular concerts each semester.
  • The Jazz Studies Degree is currently available to students who play the following instruments only: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, percussion, and double bass.

Study With

Peter Sommer

Coordinator of Jazz Studies
Coordinator of Woodwinds
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Director of Jazz Bands

Peter.Sommer@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3010

Wil Swindler

Special Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
Associate Director of Jazz Bands

Wil.Swindler@colostate.edu

Shilo Stroman

Special Assistant Professor of Percussion, Marching Band Drumline, Jazz Studies

Shilo.Stroman@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4054

Jazz Studies Events

Jazz Combos Concert

April 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Jazz Combos I, II, and III perform a variety of standards, arrangements, and original compositions on this concert. “I always enjoy the original compositions and arrangements created by our wonderful students,” said Combo I Conductor Shilo Stroman, “It’s exciting to see them take ownership of their ensembles!”

Jazz Ensembles Concert

April 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM
With guest Matt Wilson, Drums Jazz Ensembles I and II are joined by the great Matt Wilson, drummer and jazz musician extraordinaire. Matt Wilson is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style, as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. His positive energy, sense of humor and ability to [...]

Jazz Studies News

CSU Jazz Ensembles Kick it with Fort Collins High School

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Ticket Information Tickets for the performance are no charge for Full-fee paying CSU students, $1 for youth (under 18), and $12 for the public. Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby Monday through Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 60 minutes prior to performances, by phone at […]

CSU Jazz Ensembles Honor one of The Greats

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Written by Brandon Adams Jazz is a sacred art, one that began in the early 20th century, and is constantly being refined and transformed. Throughout history, many jazz composers have left their mark – from Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie to Count Basie and Herbie Hancock – putting a personal touch on a collaborative masterpiece. […]

May 2016 Faculty Notes

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Colorado State University retirees, as well as employees achieving a decade of service or more were honored at the annual Celebrate! CSU Milestones event on April 28, in the Lory Student Center Ballroom. Six School of Music, Theatre and Dance faculty and staff were honored for their years of service to CSU including Double Bass Professor […]

Guest Artists

2015-2016

Dave Devine

Dave Devine

Denver guitarist, Brian Blade Fellowship; website.

Ron Stout, trumpet

Ron Stout

Los Angeles Jazz Trumpet legend, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB; website.

Paul Romaine

Paul Romaine

Denver drummer, founder of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, instructor at University of Colorado; website.

John Fedchock

John Fedchock

NYC trombonist, leader of the John Fedchock Big Band; website.

Eric Gunnison

Eric Gunnison

Denver Pianist; website.

Kent McLagan, bass, saxophone

Kent McLagan

Denver bassist; website.

drum

Marc Dalio

Drummer and photographer; website.