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Jazz Studies

Furman’s Jazz Studies program is proud to offer a wide variety of courses and performing ensembles that focus on all styles of jazz and the art of improvisation. The Furman Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Matt Olson, performs traditional and contemporary big band literature, entertaining groups with concerts on campus and throughout the Upstate. Smaller jazz combos are an important part of that jazz experience. Their focus is on small-group jazz performance and the art of jazz improvisation for a wide variety of instrumentation including jazz vocals.  The combos perform for a variety of functions, from formal Furman galas to lunch time in the Trone University Center. The groups are open to all Furman students regardless of major or instrument. Placement auditions are held at the start of the school year.  No prior jazz experience needed!

Our jazz students can be found in multiple local venues performing alongside their teachers and regional professional musicians. In addition to the extensive interaction we have with the local jazz scene, the Jazz Studies program brings several world-class guest artists to campus each year to perform and work with our students.

Recent artists include:

SUMMER JAZZ CAMP -- Learn More...

June 28 – July 2, 2020

Who: High school students (and others by recommendation)
$530 Boarding Camper, $410 Day Camp Commute
>Scholarships available – click through to web page to learn more<

Big Band, Small Combos, Jazz Theory, Theory, Improvisation, Jam Sessions with faculty, Master Classes, Recitals

Learn more about the Greenville Jazz Collective and Furman University Summer Jazz Camp.

Jazz Faculty