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 Studies News

CSU Jazz Ensembles Present the Music of Miles Davis

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The Birth of the Cool Hits the CSU Stage The CSU Jazz Ensembles kick off the fall jazz season at the University Center for the Arts on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert entitled ‘The Music of Miles Davis’ in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located […]

Jazz Ensembles Concert

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CSU brings back that big band sound! Join the Colorado State University Jazz Ensembles on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of modern, big band music. The performance will be held in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.  Tickets are $7 for […]

CSU Music Educators National Conference Student Organization wins national award

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The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance announces that Colorado State University’s Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Student Organization has received the National 2011 Chapter of Excellence Award for Recruitment given by the MENC National Association for Music Education. The CSU Collegiate MENC Chapter held a Swing Dance Social in November 2010 featuring the […]

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.