Jazz at Princeton University

About the Program

Under the directorship of saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jazz at Princeton University serves to promote this uniquely American music as a contemporary and relevant art form. The program hosts the Certificate in Jazz Studies, a number of performing jazz ensembles, and a celebrated roster of guest artists. Students involved in jazz performance have numerous opportunities to concertize, participate in master classes, study privately, and to pursue independent projects. They also have the opportunity to participate in academic courses from the music department curriculum that encourage the study of the historical, social, theoretical, stylistic, and creative issues that pertain to the jazz idiom. 

Jazz Saxophone
Students who are passionate about engaging with jazz through a comprehensive range of contexts are encouraged to pursue the Certificate in Jazz Studies. Offerings of this program include academic course work, performing ensembles, master classes, private study, and independent projects. The Certificate in Music Performance is also available to students who want to focus on mastering jazz performance in their main instrument.
Jazz Ensemble
The Creative Large Ensemble, the Jazz Small Groups, and the Jazz Vocal Collective at Princeton engage the history of jazz as well as its modern forms and approaches. Performances take place both on and off campus, often with prominent guest artists such as Billy Childs, and Walter Smith III.