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Jazz Ensembles


Jazz Arts Collective
MUS 135-01/11,
Director: Brian Coyle

The Hope College
Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble
at Hope College.  The Collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication
and improvisation.
Comprised of a rhythm
section and flexible wind instrumentation,
this select group performs compositions and
from across the full
spectrum of music. 


The Collective's repertoire ranges from the great historical jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, to works by modern jazz masters like Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeely and John Hollenbeck. The Jazz Arts Collective frequently performs commissions, works by emerging young composers, and originals by Hope College faculty and students. The ensemble also collectively reinterprets and re-imagines the music from the twentieth century classical repertoire.



Jazz Chamber Ensembles
MUS 160-01/11 — 05/51, Directors: Coyle, Hodson, Lockwood, Talaga, VanLente
The Jazz Chamber Ensembles afford students the opportunity to perform in the classic small group combo setting.  The ensembles vary in size and instrumentation and place a creative focus on improvisation and group communication.  All of the ensembles perform works from the classic jazz repertoire.   The more advanced jazz chamber ensembles also perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz world.  These ensembles also place an emphasis on original student and faculty compositions.  All ensembles are coached by members of the Hope College jazz faculty.  The Jazz Chamber Ensembles are open to anyone interested, regardless of experience with jazz. 

Recordings & Listening Samples

Jazz Area Home Page

For more information on the Jazz Arts Collective and the Jazz Chamber Ensembles, please contact:
Dr. Brian Coyle, Director of Jazz Studies, (616) 395-7653,