Jazz Studies

The Music Department of Valdosta State University offers a complete musical experience in the area of jazz studies. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for a professional career in jazz performance, arranging/composition, and jazz education. Students at Valdosta State work closely with an esteemed faculty of gifted performers committed to quality instruction. Students interested in studying jazz at VSU have the option of a Jazz emphasis within the Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Minor degrees. The VSU jazz ensembles and combos are open to all students by audition, regardless of major.


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Saxophonist and VSU alumnus Stantawn Kendrick will perform a concert with the VSU Jazz Ensemble on Friday, December 1st at 7:30pm. Stantawn graduated from VSU in 2004 and went on to receive his masters of music from William Patterson University. He performed and toured with legendary trumpeter Clark Terry for five years and has also performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Stantawn recently released his debut recording No Longer Bound. The concert is free and open to the public.

Stantawn Kendrick