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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
Chris Lawrence, Instructor of Music, Jazz Trumpet
Tom Lockwood, Instructor of Music, Jazz Saxophone


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
Paul Wesselink, Instructor of Music, Jazz Trombone


The Program

Hope College has an active Jazz Studies Area that provides performance opportunities in both small groups and large ensembles, classes in history, theory, improvisation, and 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 at Hope are routinely accepted to top jazz graduate schools including the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Indiana 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 world famous guest artists who give clinics, work with students, and perform with student and faculty groups.

Student ensembles have released several CDs that contain standard tunes as well as student compositions. Hope has also participated in a joint research symposium with Kenyon College at which students and faculty present research papers.

For more information on Jazz at Hope, please contact Dr. Brian Coyle, Director of Jazz Studies