The Jazz Studies Program builds upon the mission of the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music by offering its students engaging jazz performance opportunities synchronized with in-depth study of the jazz tradition. A thorough curriculum of jazz courses is designed to enhance performance ability and prepare future music educators to teach jazz in their communities. Courses offered include four levels of jazz theory and improvisation, jazz history, jazz pedagogy, and special topics independent study. A robust jazz minor and jazz certificate are also available for those students seeking applied individual study and additional challenging scholarly activities.
The program includes performance opportunities in the Schwob Jazz Orchestra and several small jazz combos. Ensembles from the program have been featured in performance at events honoring First Lady Rosalynn Carter, President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Mercedes Ellington, Steve Wozniak, Tom Brokaw, Peyton Manning, Octavia Spencer, Ann Reinking, and Gabrielle Giffords.
Recent alumni from the program have gone on to win professional posts with organizations across the world, including the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (U.S., Canada, Japan), the Holland America Line B.B. King All-Star Band (Australia, New Zealand), Azamara Club Cruises (Italy, Greece, France, Spain, Turkey), the Marine Corps Band (Japan, California), the Army Infantry Band (Kansas), and the Navy Fleet Band (Italy, Washington).
Please contact Dr. Jordan Vanhemert, the Director of Jazz Studies at the Schwob School of Music, for more information about Jazz Studies at CSU.