For almost two decades, Professors Rayburn Wright and Bill Dobbins forged the jazz composition and arranging courses and guided numerous students toward prominent writing careers. Prior to the return of Bill Dobbins in 2002, Eastman alumnus Fred Sturm, a protégé of both Wright and Dobbins, assumed the reins of the writing program in 1991 and fostered the development of almost 200 new student jazz works and several award-winning writers.
Today, the majors in the Jazz Writing Skills program of University of Rochester engage in a broad range of composing and arranging experiences that include:
- Personal production of a media project featuring the student’s own works
- Presentation of a 60-minute final degree recital featuring the student’s works
- Writing for the Eastman large jazz ensembles
- Writing for the 70-piece Eastman Studio Orchestra
- Writing for the Eastman Jazz Performance Workshop Ensembles (small groups)
- Creating custom charts to feature visiting professional jazz guest artists
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
- Jazz Composition
- Large Jazz Ensemble
- Analytical and Descriptive Writing in Jazz
- Jazz Pedagogy
- History of Jazz Styles
- Jazz Performance Workshop
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Application and Application Fee
- Personal statement and résumé (uploaded online within the application)
- Recommendations (3)
- Transcripts (must represent all collegiate study)
- Scores: required of Composition applicants, and Jazz applicants who are applying for the writing concentration
International1790 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1790 USD per credit during 12 months.
National1790 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1790 USD per credit during 12 months.
Living costs for Rochester
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
Due for update
Updated over a year ago
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