Jazz Studies Program Description

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Jazz Studies Program Description


Students interested in jazz studies are encouraged to participate in the many Pre-College jazz opportunities, including:


  1. Jazz Ensemble

    • Students in the jazz program participate in the Jazz Ensemble, lead by Grammy-award-winning saxophonist Eric DeFade. The ensemble focuses on jazz standards in a variety of styles and performs several times during the program.

  2. Jazz Clinic/Combos

    • Mr. DeFade coaches student jazz combos and leads a course in jazz improvisation. Weekly clinics include a mixture of master classes, literature/repertoire discussion, and instrument-specific ensemble playing. For information about scholarship opportunities for fully-formed jazz combos, click here.

  3. Jazz Choir

    • The Jazz Choir explores jazz vocal techniques and styles, and performs with the Jazz Ensemble during the program.