Dr. Brian Coyle

Professor of Music
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Brian Coyle at Hope CollegeBrian Coyle is director of Jazz Studies and professor of music at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He is a composer, arranger, director, adjudicator and clinician who frequently appears at festivals, conferences, universities, colleges and high schools both nationally and internationally.


  • Ph.D., instrumental conducting, Michigan State University
  • M.A., instrumental conducting, California State University at Northridge
  • B.Mus., trumpet performance, University of South Florida

Professional Experience

Among others, Brian has professionally performed and/or recorded with:

  • Al Jarreau
  • Roberta Flack
  • Melissa Manchester
  • The New Buddy Rich Band
  • The Ladd McIntosh Big Band
  • The John Cooper Jazz Orchestra
  • The George Stone Big Band
  • Jermaine Jackson
  • Bobby Shew
  • Marvin Stamm
  • Gary Foster
  • The O'Jays
  • Pia Zadora
  • Eric Reed
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • Susan Anton
  • Mac Davis
  • Lorrie Morgan

He has also performed with:

  • National touring companies of Dream Girls
  • How to Succeed in Business
  • The Will Rodgers Follies
  • Guys and Dolls
  • Teddy and Alice
  • The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes

As a composer, Brian’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by professional ensembles, universities and high schools throughout the United States. For nearly a decade he maintained a regular column in the Jazz Education Journal and has authored numerous music reviews, articles and book chapters. He currently serves as an adjudicator for the GRAMMY Foundation.

Administratively, Brian is co-founder and vice president of the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers. He has also served on the executive board of the International Association for Jazz Education, is past-president of the Michigan Association for Jazz Education, served as a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and has served as chair of the Department of Music at Hope College.

Honors, Grants, & aWARDS

Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, Brian is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including:

  • N.I.S.O.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Janet L. Andersen Award for Excellence in Teaching, Hope College


Brian lives in Holland, Michigan, with his wife Debbie and has two grown children, Molly and MacKenzie, both living and teaching in Japan.

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Dr. Brian Coyle

Phone Number616.395.7653

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts 171 221 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3607
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