Jazz Studies

Julian Lage and Sonoma State University instructors George Marsh and Randy Vincent play "You and the Night and the Music" at jazz forum 3/9/11.

The Bachelor of Music - Jazz StudiesConcentration is a comprehensive program. Areas of study include performance, history, arranging, composition and pedagogy. Our faculty encourages creativity and versatility in our students to prepare them for careers as jazz performers, writers and educators. 

Advising Checklist – Jazz Major (PDF)

Advising Checklist – Jazz Minor

Jazz Forum

Jazz Ensembes

Core Jazz Classes


Auditions for SSU Jazz Ensembles, including:

Jazz Orchestra - Doug Leibinger (MUS 390) - W 7:00-9:40 PM
Combo 1 - Dave Scott (MUS 391) M 1:00-2:15
Combo 2 - Kasey Knudsen (MUS 391) M 10:00-11:15
Latin Band - Kendrick Freeman (MUS 379) Thu 4:00-6:40 PM

Will be held on

Monday, January 22, 2018 in the Green Music Center - room 1029 - 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM.

Please email Doug Leibinger (leibinge@sonoma.edu) with your availability, and he will assign you a 10-minute slot.

One audition can place you in any of the jazz ensembles. We will ask for your availability and preference on the day of the audition.

All Jazz Studies majors MUST audition for a jazz ensemble.

Other music concentrations and non-music majors are welcome and encouraged to audition.
Instrumentalists, download your audition etude here (there is one page specific to your instrument):


This etude is written over the first 16 bars of “On Green Dolphin Street” - use a play-along to practice!

Bring a play-along CD with a tune of your choice to improvise on (optional for jazz orchestra). We will also sight-read.
Drummers be ready to play various styles - i.e. swing, bossa, samba, afro, salsa, jazz waltz, etc.
Vocalists - please bring two contrasting tunes to sing on play-along CD if possible (you may also use an accompanist.)