Jazz Studies Program

Hoff-Barthelson’s Jazz Studies Program incorporates private lessons, ensembles, and improvisation, arranging, and theory. Private instruction in winds, brass, piano, percussion, and guitar in a variety of jazz techniques and styles is offered for students at all levels of technical and musical experience. As they learn jazz standards and the music skills necessary to improvise, they can join one or more of our jazz and rock ensembles. The Jazz Studies Program presents three concerts each year. Students and ensembles have additional opportunities to perform during recitals and music festivals throughout the year.

The faculty includes some of the most renowned instrumentalists on the jazz scene today. Master Classes by luminaries such as Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, Dick Hyman, Bob Mintzer, John Patitucci, Bill Charlap, and the late Michael Brecker have been an annual highlight of the school year.

Jazz Performance
Faculty members and students perform throughout the year at a variety of concerts. Jazz A to Z is the jazz highlight of our annual spring celebration of contemporary music, the Music of Our Time Festival. All That Jazz! is the June finale concert.