Shawn Wallace, area head
The Jazz Studies program offers comprehensive training to undergraduate students who are preparing for careers in jazz performance, jazz arranging and composition and in the music industry. Staffed by a faculty of artists/teachers, several of whom are nationally and internationally known, the major in Jazz Studies provides a BM degree with a concentration in jazz performance or jazz composition. Applied instruction in jazz is provided in saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums. Music education majors may elect a jazz instrument for their applied study.
Course work includes jazz theory and composition, history and styles, improvisation, small and large group scoring, African and African-derived music, jazz ensemble techniques, survey of the music industry, jazz keyboard, applied study and combo and big band ensembles.
Two big bands and six combos, each directed by a faculty member, anchor the ensemble offerings open to any university student by audition. The Ohio State Jazz Ensemble has performed throughout Ohio and the United States and has received major awards at the prestigious Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Elmhurst Jazz Festival and Tri-C Jazz Festival.
International travel has taken the OSU Jazz Ensemble to Switzerland, France, Austria, The Netherlands, Mexico, Germany and China. They have performed at the Montreux International Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Mexico City International Jazz Festival, Brienz Jazz Festival, the Vienna Jazz Festival, and the Vienne Jazz Festival.
The jazz program hosts many activities each year including the Ohio State Jazz Symposium; the 4-day Ohio State Jazz Festival; and the 5-day summer Jazz Camp for high school students.* Recent guest artists and clinicians include Jon Faddis, Frank Foster, Steve Turre, Andrew White, David Baker, Tia Fuller, John Fedchock, Ron Davis, Carl Allen and Wycliffe Gordon.
*See also Jazz Opportunities for High School Students.
Graduates pursue performing and teaching careers. Many continue their formal studies in jazz at graduate programs such as Rutgers University, William Patterson University, DePaul University, Eastman, and SUNY-Purchase.