Jazz Studies

Julian Lage and Sonoma State University instructors George Marsh and Randy Vincent play "You and the Night and the Music" at jazz forum 3/9/11.

The Bachelor of Music - Jazz StudiesConcentration is a comprehensive program. Areas of study include performance, history, arranging, composition and pedagogy. Our faculty encourages creativity and versatility in our students to prepare them for careers as jazz performers, writers and educators. 

Advising Checklist – Jazz Major (PDF)

Advising Checklist – Jazz Minor

Jazz Forum

Jazz Ensembes

Core Jazz Classes


Auditions for SSU Jazz Ensembles

Auditions for SSU Jazz Ensembles, including:

Jazz Orchestra (MUS 390) - W 7:00-9:40 PM (Leibinger)
Concert Jazz Ensemble I (MUS 391) M 1:00-3:40 PM (Knudsen)
Concert Jazz Ensemble II (MUS 391) M 1:00-3:40 PM (Scott)
Latin Jazz Band (MUS 379) TH 4:00-5:15 PM (Freeman)
Concert Jazz Ensemble III (MUS 391) TH 5:25-6:40 (Freeman)

Auditions will be held on Monday, January 13th in the Green Music Center - room 1029 - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1-5 PM
Please email Doug Leibinger (leibinge@sonoma.edu) with your availability during those times, and he will assign you a 10-minute slot.

One audition can place you in any of the jazz ensembles. We will ask for your availability and preference on the day of the audition. All jazz majors MUST audition for a jazz ensemble. Other music concentrations and non-music majors are welcome and encouraged to audition.

Bring a play-along CD with a tune of your choice to improvise on (optional for jazz orchestra). We will also sight-read.

Instrumentalists, download your audition etude here (there is one page specific to your instrument):

Drummers, in addition to the audition etude, be ready to play various styles - i.e. swing, bossa, samba, afro, salsa, jazz waltz, etc.

Vocalists - please bring two contrasting tunes to sing on play-along CD if possible (you may also use an accompanist) - scatting a plus!