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Schwob School of Music

Schwob School of Music

Columbus State University Jazz Studies

Schwab Jazz Orchestra - Fall 2017The Columbus State University Jazz Studies Program builds upon the mission of the Schwob School of Music by offering its students engaging jazz performance opportunities synchronized with in-depth study of jazz music.

The Schwob Jazz Orchestra is the flagship group of the program and focuses on presenting the best in contemporary and classic big band music. The program also hosts several small jazz combos and a jazz workshop experience.

The Jazz Studies Program offers a thorough curriculum of jazz courses designed to enhance performance ability and prepare future music educators to teach jazz in their communities. Courses offered include three levels of jazz theory and improvisation, jazz history, and jazz pedagogy. A robust jazz minor and an undergraduate certificate in jazz studies are also available for those students seeking applied individual study and additional challenging scholarly activities

In January 2018, the Schwob Jazz Orchestra will perform as the featured college jazz ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators Conference Annual In-Service Conference in Athens, Georgia.

Please contact Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Kevin Whalen, for more information about Jazz Studies at CSU.






The Paul J. Vander Gheynst Scholarship Endowment for Jazz Studies

Those desiring to do so may make a contribution in support of CSU Jazz Studies in honor of Dr. Paul Vander Gheynst, founder of CSU Jazz and director of the CSU Jazz Band for 34 years.

Mail contributions to:

Columbus State University Foundation
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907

To give online:

1) Visit
2) Click on "GIVE" button
3) Under "Choose Designation", check "would like to support a program not listed above", and type Paul J. Vander Gheynst Scholarship Endowment for Jazz Studies

For additional information or to make your gift by telephone call, please contact:

Office of Development
College of the Arts

 Paul Vander Gheynst