Jazz Studies

The CSU-Stanislaus Jazz Studies program is focused on providing an educational environment for future jazz educators and performers. Students involved in CSUS Jazz have numerous opportunities to perform, participate in master classes, study privately, and to pursue independent projects. In addition, the Jazz program offers a comprehensive classroom experience emphasizing performance, composition/arranging, jazz history, pedagogy, styles and analysis, and large and small ensemble playing. The Jazz program also performs a number of outreach activities that are designed to enrich elementary, middle school, and high school students throughout the area, and the community at large.

The growing California State University, Stanislaus, Jazz Studies Program welcomes participation from students throughout the Stanislaus campus, regardless of major. All jazz ensembles are placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester, including two big bands, the Latin Ensemble, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and 5 Jazz combos. Each year, prominent jazz artists are invited to campus to perform and conduct clinics; in 2009-10 clinics were provided by members of both the Count Basie Orchestra and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

For more information, please email Joe Mazzaferro or call (209) 667-3533.