The College of Arts and Architecture

Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies & Contemporary Music
The jazz studies & contemporary music program features three full big bands, a thriving combo program, a jazz vocal ensemble and a multitude of courses offered in the art of jazz to both music majors and non-majors. Both music majors and non-majors can enroll in a jazz minor which features instruction in jazz improvisation, writing and arranging, jazz pedagogy, jazz history, private lessons, rhythm section techniques and contemporary piano skills. Annual concert events include; Centre Dimensions and Friends, a Mardi Gras concert each February, the annual spring jazz festival featuring guest stage bands and award winning guest jazz artists. Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, the premier big band, presents concerts throughout the mid-Atlantic region and has been a featured ensemble in the President's Concert series as well as PMEA, multiple branch campus events, Mosaic and the annual Penn State Jazz Festival. 
Joshua Davis
Double Bass
Marko Marcinko
Director of Jazz Studies
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