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