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Explore a career with all that jazz.

The philosophy of the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Studies program is grounded in the belief that 21st century artists will work in a variety of settings where performing, composing, studio work, and teaching are important components of a successful musician’s overall career. Students are trained in areas of technology, performance and jazz teaching techniques as they prepare for evolving career opportunities. The Jazz Studies program prepares musicians as performers and arrangers in the broad field of contemporary music, which includes jazz, popular, commercial, classical and studio music.

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Undergraduate Programs

Jazz Studies Faculty

Robert Larson

Associate Professor of Music (Jazz Piano)Harrison Chair in Piano

Craig Fraedrich

Adjunct Associate Professor (Jazz Trumpet)

Alan Baylock

Jazz Composer in Residence

Matthew Niess

Professor, Jazz and classical trombone

Luis Hernandez

Professor, Saxophone

Michael Maher 

Professor, Piano and combos

Rick Whitehead 

Professor, Guitar

Michael Kramer 

Professor, Guitar

Donovan Stokes

Professor, Bass

Alphonso Young

Professor, Drums

National Jazz Workshop

The National Jazz Workshop faculty represents the best jazz educators and performers from Washington, DC, an area known worldwide as one of the nation’s most prestigious and innovative centers for jazz performance.  The seventh annual National Jazz Workshop will take place July 12-17, 2015.  Learn more by visiting the National Jazz Workshop website.