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've also recently hosted clinics by prominent guest artists such as David Liebman, Andy Lavern, Bobby Shew and many others. As a program we have received more than 17 awards for excellence from DownBeat Magazine's Annual Student Music Awards.
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
Director of Jazz Studies