Eastern's Jazz Program is one of the most exciting and progressive in the Northwest!
Large Ensembles The EWU Concert Jazz Orchestra has performed throughout the United States and Canada, playing classic big band literature as well as original compositions and arrangements by EWU students, EWU faculty, and some of the most fresh and well-known writers in the business. The CJO has recently performed at NAfME conferences and concert halls in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver BC. In addition, the CJO was invited to perform at the Next Gen Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA. The Large Ensemble Program boasts two more large instrumental jazz ensembles: the Repertory Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Lab Ensemble. These groups perform with visiting guest artists at EWU and throughout the Northwest.
Vocal Jazz Ensembles The EWU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Collegians have performed at conferences and in concert halls and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Most recently, the Collegians traveled to Limerick, Ireland. These ensembles have the opportunity to sing classic and contemporary vocal jazz literature by some of the finest composers and arrangers in the nation. Ranging from 8 to 16 voices, these vocal jazz groups provide our students with the skills and tools necessary to be successful choral teachers.
Jazz Small Group Program The EWU combo program includes around six combos during any given quarter. These small jazz groups are coached by the EWU jazz faculty and regularly perform in concert around the region. Through weekly jazz forums and coaching sessions, the Small Group Program provides outstanding venues for students to gain valuable experiences. These groups often perform original arrangements and compositions by members of the ensembles.
Faculty The goal of the department is to provide students with musical instruction and experience of the highest possible quality. Our outstanding faculty members actively perform, compose, and present research locally, nationally, and internationally, giving students a first-hand look into the lives current artist/scholars. Our faculty members are dedicated to inspiring and mentoring music leaders for the next generation.
Guest artists Past guest artists at EWU have included:Brian Lynch, Kurt Elling, the Bob Curnow Big Band, Ingrid Jensen, Bill Holman, Woody Herman Big Band, Benny Green, Rich Perry, Dave Pietro, Andy Martin, John Fedchock, Fred Sturm, Matt Harris, Nancy King, Phil Markowitz, the New York Voices, Kirk Marcy, and many more!
Jazz Dialogue Camp The EWU Jazz Dialogue Summer Camp offers a full week of jazz performance, theory, improvisation, in-depth instrument-focused master classes, and concerts almost every night! Since its inception in 2001, the EWU Jazz Dialogue Summer Camp has had guest artists at camp such as Benny Green and Tower of Power. EWU students, faculty, and professional musicians from around the country work with campers to make jazz performance and appreciation a lifelong experience.
Jazz Dialogue Festival The EWU Jazz Dialogue Festival is an exciting two-day event that occurs each November. EWU Students have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized artists before and during the festival. Recent artists include Snarky Puppy, Mike Stern, Robin Eubanks, the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra, and many more!
Improvisation/Arranging sequence Courses offered:MUSC 280 Basic Jazz ArrangingMUSC 281 Advanced Jazz ArrangingMUSC 286 Introduction to Jazz Theory and Aural SkillsMUSC 287 Basic Jazz Theory/ImprovisationMUSC 288 Intermediate Jazz Theory/ImprovisationMUSC 289 Advanced Jazz Theory Improvisation
Certificate program The Jazz and Commercial Music Certificate is designed to give the music major/minor access to jazz classes and ensembles and to increase their skills for the purpose of performing and teaching jazz. The certificate includes a recital experience to enhance students' abilities to apply their knowledge in a performance setting. Students also perform for a jury of faculty members on materials provided through the curriculum. See the EWU catalog for more details.
MM Jazz Studies Masters students in Jazz Studies have two options: Jazz Performance and Jazz Pedagogy. Pedagogy students will learn the skills and techniques to teach jazz at the high school, college, or university level, including creating syllabi and giving lectures to advanced students. Performance track students will further develop the skills and knowledge necessary in performing, teaching, and writing in order to become a professional musician. See the EWU catalog for more details.
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