Welcome to the award-winning Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder! Our program offers specialized instruction in jazz playing for trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, saxophone and percussion and we welcome the participation of students across the CU-Boulder campus, regardless of major.
In addition to serving as educators, our faculty continue to perform and record solo and ensemble work around the world. We also regularlry host clinics by prominent guest artists such as David Liebman, Dave Douglas, Jon Faddis, Maria Schneider, Greg Osby, Matt Wilson, and many others. As a program we have received 18 awards for excellence from DownBeat Magazine's Annual Student Music Awards.
For Fall '15 we will be welcoming:
Paul McCandless, John Fedchock, Ron Stout, and artist residencies featuring the Ralph Alessi Quartet (Oct. 29-30) and alumni Tia Fuller (Nov. 12-14)
For Spring '16 we will be welcoming:
Hal Galper Trio (Feb 16-18); and Vince DeMartino (March 7-9)
The application for DMA Jazz applicants will be closed to guitarists, saxophonists and trombonist for 2016-17.
Due to the number and instrumentation of current and returning doctoral students in our program, we are not able to consider applicants who play guitar, saxophone and trombone for entrance in the fall semester of 2016. Those whose primary instrument is trumpet, piano, bass or drums will only be considered at this time. As a faculty we feel it's necessary to apply these restrictions in order to maintain the quality and balance within the overall program. We apologize for any inconvenience we hope you'll consider our program in the future. This year we have MM or DMA graduate teaching assistantships available for a qualified bassist, drummer and trumpet player.
All jazz bands and combos are placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester, including three big bands and seven jazz combos. For more information, please visit the Ensembles page.
Prospective jazz students: Find admissions information here
Current jazz students: Find course information here
Associate Dean for Administration
Professor of Jazz Studies (Trumpet)
Director, Thompson Jazz Studies Program
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Saxophones, Clarinet and Flute)
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Trumpet)
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Trombone and Arranging/Composition)
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Professor of Percussion
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Double Bass)
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Guitar)
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Piano)
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Saxophone)
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Drum Set)