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 jazz music. 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 Director of Jazz Studies 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 the COA Giving page
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