Jazz & Commercial Music

jazzAt Duquesne, you'll explore traditional jazz idioms while focusing on improvisation, arranging, ear training, and performance in small and large ensembles (on stage and in the recording studio). Opportunities include Jazz Ensemble I and II, the Jazz Guitar Ensemble, and several Jazz Chamber Groups. You will also plug in to the expansive world of commercial music through the school of music's Institute of Entertainment, Music, and Media Arts (IEMMA).

Duquesne's close association with the legendary Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and nearly a dozen area jazz clubs provides a variety of opportunities for students to perform with and learn from nationally-acclaimed visiting artists.

Degrees are available at both the undergraduate and graduate level:

BM Performance - Jazz Emphasis
MM Performance - Jazz Emphasis

Courses in jazz are open to all music majors, regardless of degree program.

Uptown Jazz Series

The Uptown Jazz Series was created to provide professional-level concerts for our students and the public to experience. Guest artists and touring groups come to Duquesne to perform for and alongside our students resulting in an educational experience that's unbeatable. The Uptown Jazz Series has been made possible, in part, through the generosity of the John R. Mattern estate. To learn more about the series, and for more information on upcoming concerts, please visit the Uptown Jazz Series page.

Jazz Faculty

Mike Tomaro, Program Director of Jazz Studies

Upcoming Jazz Area Events

Visit our Calendar of Events to see our full list of concerts and recitals.