About the Jazz Studies Area
Hope College has an active Jazz Studies
Area that provides performance opportunities in both small groups and
large ensembles, classes in history, theory, improvisation, composition,
and private jazz instruction. The program values the diversity of its
students, and whether you are interested in performance, composition,
education, or scholarship - Hope has a place for you. Graduates of the
Jazz Studies program are routinely accepted to and offered assistantships
to top jazz graduate schools, including: the University of
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, the University of
Oregon, Western Michigan University, and the University of South Florida.
The Jazz Studies program at Hope can be
as rigorous as the major or as supplementary as playing in a combo. A
jazz minor is also available, allowing students to take a middle role in
the program. Students in all areas of the program will benefit from the
proven track record of the exceptional faculty.
Jazz at Hope has much more to offer than
ensemble experience and academic training. Each year the program brings
in numerous world famous guest artists who give clinics, work with
students, and perform with student and faculty groups.
Student ensembles have released several
CD's that contain standard tunes, student and faculty compositions, and
world-renowned guest artists. Hope ensembles have traveled nationally and
internationally, performing at festivals, clubs, and educational
The new Jack Miller Center for the
Musical Arts is the Jazz Areas new state of the art
home. Spectacular performance and rehearsal venues, a
state of the art recording studio, amazing faculty, and outstanding
academics make Hope College a must for your education.