Jazz Studies Ensembles

The Kent State Jazz Studies Program fosters a "real world" atmosphere, promoting the development of fundamental skills in Jazz.


Through our Jazz Minor and BA in Jazz Studies curriculum and ensemble performance, students are provided the opportunity to improve individual musicianship, create a personal voice, learn from and be inspired by the rich history, understand the evolutionary process and modern trends of Jazz, while becoming musical leaders and positive contributors to the Kent State University experience.

Instrumental Ensemble and Solo Vocal Offerings

Jazz Orchestra

  • The Jazz Orchestra rehearses every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 - 6:55 p.m. in the Kent State Center for the Performing Arts in E112. Directed by Bobby Selvaggio.
  • Membership is open to instrumentalists and solo vocalists. 

Jazz Workshop Ensemble

  • The Jazz Workshop Ensemble rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 6:55 p.m. in the Kent State Center for the Performing Arts in E112.  
  • Membership is open to instrumentalists and solo vocalists. 

Jazz Combos

  • Jazz Combos are coached by members of outstanding Jazz Studies faculty. 
  • Membership is open to instrumentalists and solo vocalists. 

QUESTIONS?

Bobby Selvaggio 
Director of Jazz Studies
Jazz Orchestra 
rselvagg@kent.edu

Vocal Ensemble Offerings

Nova Jazz Singers

The Nova Jazz Singers was founded in 2012 by Dr. Christopher J. Venesile, now-retired Associate Professor of Choral Music Education, to bring the disciplines of advanced choral singing and the language of jazz together. The ensemble is now directed by Samir Al-Hadid

Nova Jazz Workshop Singers

This ensemble was founded in the fall 2019 semester to support Kent State's growing vocal jazz program as well as the music education program. It is directed by Maria Jacobs.

Questions?

Samir Al-Hadid
Nova Jazz Singers
salhadid@kent.edu

Maria Jacobs
Nova Jazz Workshop Singers
mjacob14@kent.edu

 


Audition and Membership Information