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Brian Coyle, Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies

Robert Hodson, Professor of Music, Theory & Jazz

Charlie Hoats, Instructor of Music, Jazz Bass

Mike Hyde, Instructor of Music, Jazz Guitar

Edye Hyde, Instructor of Music, Vocal Jazz

Tom Lockwood, Instructor of Music, Jazz Saxophone

Jazz Concerts & Events 2015-2016


Nate Roberts, Instructor of Music, Mandolin, Banjo, Folk Ensemble

Tony Monaco, Teaching Artist in Residence, Jazz Organ

Steve Talaga, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Jazz Piano, Composition

Mike VanLente, Instructor of Music, Jazz Percussion


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 institutions.  

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.