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Jazz Studies: News and Announcements

Spring 2014 Jazz Combo Auditions

Spring 2014 jazz combo auditions will be held in room 119 beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14. Please bring a completed schedule card with you to the auditions.

Spring 2014 Ensemble Auditions

  • Trumpet auditions will be held on Monday, December 2, starting at 11 a.m.
  • Trombone auditions will be held on Monday, December 2, starting at 3 p.m.
  • Saxophone auditions will be held on Tuesday, December 3, starting at 3 p.m.
  • Rhythm section auditions will be held on Wednesday, December 4, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 216

Sign-up sheets for all auditions will be posted on the Jazz Studies bulletin board (outside Room 145). Please sign up for the earliest time slot you are able to make! For more detailed information on audition requirements, please visit our Ensemble/Combo Audition page.

The 2014 Hill Country Jazz Festival

Bobby ShewThe 2014 Hill Country Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, Februrary 8, featuring jazz trumpet legend Bobby Shew. Shew has performed with the groups of Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Horace Silver Quintet, Frank Strazzeri-Sam Most, as well as numerous big bands such as Bill Holman, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin, Oliver Nelson, Bill Berry, Nat Pierce-Frank Capp Juggernaut, Ed Shaughnessy, Terry Gibbs, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, Neal Hefti, Don Menza, and Bob Florence.

Hill Country Jazz Festival Welcome Letter

Hill Country Jazz Festival Application

2014 Eddie Durham Celebration

Eddie Durham

The 2014 Eddie Durham Celebration will be held on Friday, February 7. This year's celebration will feature a lecture by NEA Jazz Master Doug Morgenstern on Durham's pioneering contributions to jazz and a performance featuring tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence of the Count Basie Orchestra.



Master's Degree in Jazz Performance Announced

The Jazz Studies area is pleased to announce the addition of the Master's in Jazz Performance to our degree offerings. Click here for more information.

About the Jazz Studies Department

The Jazz Studies Department at the Texas State School of Music is committed to excellence in music teaching and learning for all students. As a unit within the School of Music, we offer specialized course work in the field of jazz and provide a liberal education with emphasis on cultural values.

The School of Music Jazz Studies Department offers thorough preparation for careers in several distinct fields of music, jazz music education, and recording. In addition, it provides opportunities for all university students to develop musical skills and cultural understanding in its open jazz combo ensembles. The Jazz Studies Department also serves as an outstanding cultural resource for the university and San Marcos communities.

Music Performance and Jazz Studies graduates perform, establish their own teaching studios, attend graduate school, or use their music degree as a foundation for their careers. The choices of profession for a student completing a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Music are numerous.

Texas State students in jazz maintain schedules of performances across the state and the world.

The jazz program has been featured for years at the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

For additional information regarding Jazz Studies at Texas State School of Music, or if you have questions about a specific topic, contact Dr. Keith Winking at kw09@txstate.edu.