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Jazz Studies: News and Announcements

The 2015 Hill Country Jazz Festival Featuring Saxophonist Ralph Bowen

Ralph BowenThe 2015 Hill Country Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, Februrary 7, featuring jazz saxophone legend Ralph Bowen. Mr. Bowen will give a clinic at 5 p.m. and perform immediately afterward with the Texas State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Russell Haight. (Due to unforeseen factors, trombonist Conrad Herwig had to withdraw from performing this year.)

Click here for jazz fest letter and application.

The 2015 Eddie Durham Celebration

Eddie DurhamThe 2015 Eddie Durham Celebration will be held on Friday, February 6, in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. This year's celebration will feature a lecture by NEA Jazz Master Doug Morgenstern on Durham's pioneering contributions to jazz and a performance with an all-star big band featuring tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence of the Count Basie Orchestra and jazz saxophone legend Ralph Bowen.



Jazz Ensemble Concert Featuring Peter Erskine

Peter ErskineThe Texas State University Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert with jazz drum legend Peter Erskine on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

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 University contact jazzstudies@txstate.edu.