The Jazz Ensembles provide both music majors and non-music majors the opportunity to perform traditional, modern, jazz, pop, and contemporary compositions throughout the year, under the Direction of Joseph Riposo.
By performing with the Jazz Ensembles students may earn college credit (ENI 020). The Jazz Ensembles performs compositions written by: Thad Jones, Toshiko Akiyoski, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, Charlie Parker, and Count Basie.
The program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn to play lead parts, section work and to improvise solos. The jazz Ensembles perform a series of concerts at Setnor Auditorium, and in Goldstein Auditorium on Syracuse University campus. SU's Jazz Ensembles have hosted the International Association of Jazz Educator's (N.Y.S.) Jazz Festival and participated in the New York State Inter-Collegiate Jazz Festival.
The groups participate in a number of concerts and festivals each year and have performed with jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Rob McConnell, Nick Brignola, Marvin Stamm, and Freddy Hubbard.
Auditions for the Jazz Ensembles take place during the first week of school.
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