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Vocal Jazz student at UW-Stevens Point.

College of Fine Arts and Communication Jazz Studies Degree

LEARN TO GIVE YOUR MUSIC SOUL

Jazz studies students train in music research and music development. Students develop fundamental research skills through transcription and performance of seminal and contemporary jazz works. The application of these principles to the creation of new music, informed by life experiences and aesthetic values, is crucial to students’ development as artists. Composition and improvisation are at the heart of the jazz studies curriculum.

WHY STUDY JAZZ AT UW-STEVENS POINT?

Students in the jazz studies program learn to work in teams and to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Graduates become outstanding

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​Whether you are a recent graduate or a longtime alum, you can make an important difference for today’s students in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. By volunteering to share your story, your network, your career advice, and your successes, you can help guide students through the start of their professional lives as they discover their purpose. You are a vital part of our Pointer family and we look forward to hearing from you!
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WHAT TO EXPECT

Students frequently learn from guest artists, who teach master classes during their visits to campus. Artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center and Otis Murphy offer expert instruction as well as insight about the life of a professional musician. When not in class, students can participate in

  • Jazz Repertory Concerts
  • Jazz Composer’s Concerts
  • UW-Stevens Point Jazz Festival
  • Jazz Jam Sessions at the Dreyfus University Center
  • Student Jazz Recitals

There are many opportunites to perfrom outside in the community including:

  • The Riverfront Jazz Festival
  • Summer Ensembles
  • Summer Music Venues

MEET YOUR FACULTY AND STAFF

UW-Stevens Point faculty members are accessible and happy to help majors get the most out of their educational experience. Our experienced faculty integrates acting, voice and movement into a rigorous professional training program. They have directed and performed nationally and internationally throughout their careers.
Brian Baldauff

Brian Baldauff

  • Assistant Professor – Percussion
  • Percussion Area Coordinator
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Susan Bender

Susan Bender

  • Professor – Voice
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Stacey Berk

Stacey Berk

  • Professor – Oboe
  • Professor – Music Theory & Composition
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107

Myles Boothroyd

  • Assistant Professor – Saxophone
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Rachel Brashier

Rachel Brashier

  • Director of Music Education
  • Graduate Advisor for the Music Department
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-2227
Danielle Breisach

Danielle Breisach

  • Associate Lecturer – Flute
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Anna Cromwell

Anna Cromwell

  • Assistant Professor – Violin and Viola
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Matheus Cruz

Matheus Cruz

  • Lecturer – Voice
  • Interim Director of Choirs
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Brian Ellingboe

Brian Ellingboe

  • Lecturer – Bassoon
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Kelvin Kaspar

Kelvin Kaspar

  • Associate Lecturer of Guitar
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107

Ryan Korb

  • Lecturer – Jazz Percussion
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Music Professor Patrick Lawrence

Patrick Lawrence

  • Professor – Low Brass
  • Professor – Music Education
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
John Lynch

John Lynch

  • Director of Bands and Professor of Music
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Andres Moran

Andres Moran

  • Assistant Professor of Horn
  • Orchestral Director
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Rachel Neece

Rachel Neece

  • Associate Lecturer – Music History
  • Associate Lecturer – Guitar
Aber Suzuki Center, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Molly Roseman

Molly Roseman

  • Professor – Piano
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107

Mathew Buchman

  • Professor and Director – Jazz Studies
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Timothy Buchholz

Timothy Buchholz

  • Associate Professor – Vocal Jazz
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-261-6246
Sarah Manasreh

Sarah Manasreh

  • Assistant Professor – Clarinet
  • Assistant Professor – Music Theory
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Matthew Markham

Matthew Markham

  • Associate Professor – Voice
  • Voice Area Coordinator
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Rachel Snyder Turney

Rachel Snyder Turney

  • Associate Lecturer – Class Piano
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
David Story

David Story

  • Professor – String Bass
Aber Suzuki Center, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107
Brent Turney

Brent Turney

  • Department Chair – Music
  • Professor – Trumpet
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107

Mindy Park

  • Assistant Professor – Cello
College of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Music, School of Performing Arts
715-346-3107

ACCREDITATION

National Association of Schools of Music

The College of Fine Arts and Communication at UW-Stevens Point is accredited by these professional associations: National Association of Schools of Music. UW-Stevens Point in the only college in the state to hold national accreditation in all of its arts programs: Art and Design, Dance, Interior Architecture, Music, and Theatre, placing it in the top 7% in the nation.

National Association of Schools of Music