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Registration for the 2024 MU Winter Jazz Festival is now open, featuring guest artist Mr. Earl Macdonald a Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor in the Arts
About the MU Jazz Studies Program
The Marshall University Jazz Studies Program offers students two comprehensive degree programs in jazz studies at the undergraduate (BFA) and graduate levels (MA). These two degree offerings are exclusive to MU in the state of WV.
The MU Jazz Studies Program is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, while also forward-looking in preparing students for the realities of the modern musician. Marshall’s commitment to this philosophy begins with the Jomie Jazz Center, one of only a handful of jazz studies programs in the country to be housed in its own facility dedicated to the study of jazz. This facility includes classrooms, practice rooms, a small club-like performance space, as well as a state of the art recording studio, which is also the primary rehearsal space for the various MU Jazz Ensembles.
Two large jazz ensembles, various jazz combos, as well as a popular music ensemble (The MU Soul Stampede) offer students a multitude of jazz and commercial music performance experiences. These ensembles are incredibly active, including local, regional, and international performances, highlighted by an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Finally, MU is host to one of the longest running collegiate jazz festivals in the US at 55 years and counting. The guest artists throughout the years read like a “dream team” of jazz luminaries. Also, the program hosts its annual Jazz-MU-Tazz Summer Jazz Camp each June for aspiring secondary school jazz musicians. For more information regarding jazz studies at Marshall University, please contact Prof. Jeff Wolfe, Director of Jazz Studies.
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