Study and Play Jazz

Our jazz emphasis will equip you to thrive in a variety of professional roles in today's ever-changing world of commercial music, of which jazz is an integral part. The emphasis can be integrated into both our Bachelor and Master of Music Performance degree programs.

You will work with faculty who are known internationally as jazz performers, composers, and arrangers. Study with them by day, and watch them perform in Pittsburgh's flourishing jazz scene by night. You will have opportunities to perform with them in combos and big bands all over the region. We even have a Hire a Musician program that connects you with local employers and venues, so you can take your performance expertise beyond the classroom and into the field, allowing you to make money while sharpening your entrepreneurial skills.

Our jazz programs are directly integrated with the Institute of Entertainment, Music, and Media Arts (IEMMA),  a unique interdisciplinary program that connects you directly to the entertainment industry at large. Through IEMMA, you will become an adept studio musician by participating in sessions and seminars with prominent recording engineers, producers, record label executives, and more.

Jazz Emphasis

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, you can study jazz at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We will help you find the right path for your bigger goals.

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Jazz for Undergraduates

You've got a love for jazz music. Our Bachelor of Music in Performance with an emphasis in jazz sets the stage for you to go anywhere.

B.M. Performance - Jazz Emphasis
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Jazz for Graduates

You've laid the groundwork. Now, refine your skills with a Master of Music in Performance with an emphasis in jazz.

M.M. Performance - Jazz Emphasis

Meet the Jazz Faculty

Our GRAMMY Award-winning faculty are networked into the international music industry and know exactly what it takes to be successful in careers from the concert hall to the recording studio, sound stage, stadiums, and outdoor music festivals.

Mike Tomaro

Program Director of Jazz Studies; Professor of Jazz Saxophone

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Jeff Bush

Assistant Program Director of Jazz Studies; Adjunct Professor of Trombone

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Jazz Faculty

Ronald Bickel

Ronald Bickel

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano

Clint Bleil

Clint Bleil

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Saxophone

J.D. Chaisson

J.D. Chaisson

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet

Kelley Krepin DeFade

Kelley Krepin DeFade

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Voice

Max Leake

Max Leake

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano

Jeffrey Mangone

Jeffrey Mangone

Adjunct Professor of Double Bass/Bass Guitar

Leonard Rogers

Leonard Rogers

Adjunct Professor of Percussion

Eric Susoeff

Eric Susoeff

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Guitar

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Bass

Thomas Wendt

Thomas Wendt

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Percussion

Upcoming Jazz Events

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Uptown Jazz Series: Compositions & Arrangements of the DU Jazz Faculty

Mike Tomaro & Jeff Bush, Artistic Directors For those of you who attended last year’s...

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The Music of the 1970s

Duquesne University Jazz EnsembleJeff Bush, Assistant Program Director of Jazz StudiesVocal...

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Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Eric Susoeff, director Admission $10 Suggested Donation (cash only at the door)

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Faculty Perspective

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As a proud MPSOM alum, it was my honor to spread the word about our great school during my time in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Army Blues. Since I became Jazz Studies Program Director in 1997, it has again been my honor to continue to develop and inspire the commercial musicians of today.

Mike Tomaro Program Director of Jazz Studies; B.M. Performance, 1980