Gonzaga University's Jazz Studies Program consists of four jazz combos, the jazz ensemble, jazz history classes and jazz improvisation lessons offered on every instrument. The Jazz Performance Minor prepares students to continue performing jazz after completing their degree regardless of career choice. Jazz educators/guest artists are invited each year to perform with the Jazz Ensemble and Combos as well as conduct jazz theory clinics or instrumental master classes. Among the guest artists Gonzaga has hosted in the past are John Clayton, Shelly Berg, Pete Christleib, Bobby Shrew and Conrad Herwig.
Jazz Studies is directed by David Fague, Senior Lecturer of Music, who is an active performer in the Spokane jazz community including the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Hot Club of Spokane and other ensembles.
Jazz Combos provide students the opportunity to play in small jazz groups (4-7 players.) Students develop improvisational skills, become familiar with performance etiquette, and learn to transcribe/arrange tunes using the musical notation program Sibelius. Students are also taught basic recording techniques and are introduced to leading recording/sound manipulation software programs like Pro Tools and Melodyne. The Jazz Combos perform several times each semester on and off campus.
Students interested in Jazz Combos should contact David Fague at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions take place at the beginning of each semester.
Jazz Program Graduates
- Have pursued graduate degrees at schools such as USC Thornton's School of Music
- Recorded albums
- Perform successfully as freelance musicians in major US cities including Seattle, New York, Portland and Los Angeles
Jazz Program Scholarships
Students of all majors are eligible to audition for and receive scholarships to participate in the Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble.