Jazz at Winona State University

Jazz is an inclusive art form that opens doors for creativity in a variety of disciplines. As one of the few truly American artistic traditions, jazz transcends boundaries of culture, race and economics to form a bond of commonality with participants as well as enthusiasts. WSU seeks to provide an outlet for jazz musicians of all levels to experience the art of improvisation. This arts process expands students’ ability to adapt to circumstances in all walks of life.

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Fall 2016 Jazz Audition Information!

Classes start Monday, August 22. We will hold auditions for big bands and combos the first two days. Monday from 6-9pm and Tuesday from 3:30-6:30pm. All auditions will be held in PAC 156 - Instrumental Rehearsal Room. Please sign up for an audition time on the PAC170 door (Dr. MacDonald's office). EVERYONE MUST AUDITION if you plan to play in jazz ensemble, combo, or both.
Audition music to prepared is available by clicking your instrument below. The tempo of the piece is quarter-note = 150. The audition will also include sight-reading and improvisation. Rhythm section players should be prepared to play a variety of styles.


The first jazz ensemble rehearsal will be Thursday, August 25th. The first combo rehearsal will be Monday, August 29th.
Audition results will be posted Wednesday, August 24th. At that time everyone should enroll in the proper course for the ensemble you are placed in.
  • Jazz Ensemble MUS 244-01 id #000236, T/H 3:30-4:50pm
  • Jazz Combo MUS 239-01 id #000191, M 6:00-9:00pm
  • BE SURE TO ENROLL IN THE APPROPRIATE COURSE
Once combos are set, the groups will meet either 6:00-7:30pm, or 7:30-9:00pm on Mondays. Larry Price and Dr. MacDonald will be directing the combos. Any questions, please email Dr. MacDonald at rmacdonald@winona.edu. We are looking forward to another excellent year!

WSU Faculty Jazz at Ed's

The Fall dates are set for WSU Faculty Jazz at Ed's. Enjoy the Faculty group as well as students all starting at 8pm. Come on down and enjoy some live jazz September 8th, October 13th, November 3rd, and December 8th.

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