JAZZ

WIU Jazz

Jazz Studies at Western Illinois University is a comprehensive degree option at the undergraduate level and as a minor as well. Graduate options include both performance and composition. Our students who graduate have been accepted into some of the most elite jazz programs in the country, doctoral programs, after finishing an MM in Jazz, and some are teaching at the university level. The program is highly visible and our students perform approximately 50 performances per semester. The jazz area produces and participates in three festivals annually and brings many internationally renowned guest artists each year to work with our talented students. Recent guests have included Jim McNeely, Duffy Jackson, Rob Parton, Jon Faddis, Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, Chris Vadala, Rick Simerly, Gunnar Mossblad, Chris Collins, Bob Mintzer, John Clayton, Jeff Halsey, The Eddie Gomez Trio, The Jeff Hamilton Trio, The Harold Danko Trio, John Fedchock, Matt Wilson, Tom Garling, Johnny Trudell, Jack Grassel, Jill Jensen, Leroy Jones, Ashlin Parker, Andy Martin, Mike Vax, and Brian Coyle.

Curriculum

UNDERGRADUATE

Our undergraduate BM curriculum is a diverse program of study that focuses in three areas.  School of Music Requirements, General Education Studies (Liberal Studies), and specific jazz courses.  In the jazz area we offer courses in Jazz Fundamentals, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Arranging and Composition, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz History, and Jazz Piano.  Students can also study Applied Jazz on their instrument, and can participate in both large and small jazz ensembles.  Students must also complete a 1/2 junior recital and full senior recital.

GRADUATE

The graduate program in Jazz Studies includes options in both performance and composition.  The program consists of a set of core courses in music research, theory, and history, applied study in the area of focus with one of our artist faculty, large and small ensemble experience, and other specialized course offerings.  The degree plan is highly adaptable and is tailored to student's long-term goals and needs.

APPLY

To apply, please visit School of Music


Spotlight On
Jazz Festival Entry


Jazz Series 2020-21

August:
28 - Post 6 Big Band - 7:00 to 9:00 American Legion - Canceled

September:
1 - JSO Colchester Labor Day Celebration - Canceled
6 - JSO Balloon Rally 3:30 Call 5:30-6:30 Vince Grady - Canceled 
13 - School of Music Collage Concert - Canceled
25 - Post 6 Big Band 7:00 - 9:00 American Legion - Canceled


October:
32 - Hopper Jazztet 7:30pm COFAC
9 - All Jazz Showcase 7:30pm COFAC - Rescheduled
30 - Post 6 Big Band 7:00 - 9:00 American Legion - Canceled

November:
4 - Jazz Band Concert 7:30pm COFAC 
16- 18 JSO Tour with special guests John Vana, George Turner, Whitney Ashe, Matthew Hughes, Kevin Nichols
27 - Post 6 Big Band 7:00 to 9:00 American Legion - Canceled

December:
 

January:
29 - Post 6 Big Band - 7:00 to 9:00 American Legion - Canceled

February:
19 - 20 Jazz Festival with jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew
26 - Post 6 Big Band - 7:00 to 9:00 American Legion - Canceled

March:
4 - Hopper Jazztet COFAC Recital Hall 7:30
25 - Post 6 Big Band - 7:00 to 9:00 American Legion - Canceled

April:
15 - JSO Concert 7:30 pm COFAC
16 - Vocal Jazz 7:30 pm COFAC
22 - Jazz Band Concert 7:30pm COFAC
29 - Post 6 Big Band 7:00 to 9:00 American Legion - Canceled

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