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Jazz Bands

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Jazz at Southeast Missouri State University has been active for more than 20 years and consists of both big-band and combo-performance opportunities. Classes also are available in jazz improvisation, jazz theory, and history. Southeast has two jazz ensembles, including both music majors and non-majors. Auditions for membership in the Jazz Studio will take place during the first week of classes in the fall semester.

Jazz Studio Rehearsal Time:

  • Monday and Wednesday / 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. / Cultural Arts Center 155 (Auditioned)

Jazz Lab Rehearsal Time:

  • Tuesday and Thursday / 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. / Cultural Arts Center 155 (Non-Auditioned)


SEMO Jazz Audition Materials


Audition Procedure

Sign Up: for your audition time via the audition materials folder. Auditions will be held in CAC 155.

Be Prepared: Be sure to arrive on time for your audition, warmed up, and ready to play your instrument. Practice rooms are available.

Jazz Events

    October 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. / $12
    In this season-opening concert, the Jazz Lab and Studio Ensembles will present a thrilling upbeat collection of tunes that is sure to take you on an epic musical journey.
  • Big Band Christmas Jukebox
    December 5, 2020, 7:30 p.m., December 6, 2 p.m. / Bedell Performance Hall / $22.25, $24.25
    Featuring performances from our outstanding Jazz Studio along with our talented Conservatory of Theatre and Dance performers; this event is just what the doctor ordered to start off your holiday season.
  • 23rd Annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival
    February 5-6, 2021 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Free Admission
    February 5, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. / $12, The Evening Gala Concert
    The Clark Terry/ Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival showcases excellent student musicians and guest artists from around the nation, all contributing to a vibrant festival of jazz and the celebration of music performance and education.
    April 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. / $12
    The final concert of the Jazz season will showcase Southeast’s Jazz Lab and Studio Ensembles presenting a spirited program showcasing the music of the legendary Count Basie. Join us as we wrap-up the 2020 -2021 Jazz Series.

The Jazz Program at Southeast

The department has two big bands, Studio Jazz and the Jazz Lab Band. Students who are interested in auditioning for Studio Jazz should have prior experience in a jazz program, woodwind doubling skills (saxes only) and solo experience. The Jazz Lab Band is open to all students (no audition required) with an interest in improving their skills in big band jazz and improvisation. Improvisation skills are developed in this ensemble, although they are not required as a pre-requisite. Jazz Combos are groups of jazz student musicians committed to the performance of small-group jazz improvisation. These groups perform at various University and community social events throughout the academic year.

Nashville Recording Trip 2017

For more information about the Jazz Bands at Southeast Missouri State University, contact director Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson, or (573) 651-2398.


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