Program Overview

Jazz Performance

At Oberlin, Jazz Performance students build the skills and capabilities necessary to best express themselves musically. Principal private study in jazz performance is available in saxophone, trumpet, trombone, voice, piano, guitar, percussion, and double bass. Students are grounded in an understanding of genres and influences while their talents are developed through the cultivation of technique and artistic vision. These foundations are established through the guidance of a world-class faculty that is steeped in tradition and maintains an eye on the future.

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Major
    • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Division: Jazz Studies

Jazz Division Director

Jay Ashby,
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies


Julie Baker, Administrative Assistant
(440) 775-6633
sax line in Oberlin Jazz Ensemble
Oberlin Jazz Ensemble concert in Finney Chapel.
Photo credit: Walter Novak

Oberlin Jazz Ensemble

The Oberlin Jazz Ensemble features primarily jazz performance majors, though some classical performance majors audition and perform with the group. They perform in Finney Chapel during the academic year and have appeared at college festivals throughout the United States. The jazz ensemble presents standard repertoire and new works including pieces by student composers. Recent guest artists who have led or soloed with the ensemble include Maria Schneider, Etienne Charles, Nicholas Payton, Michael Mossman, Rufus Reid, John and Gerald Clayton, and Eddie Henderson.


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Life After Oberlin

Notable Oberlin Alumni

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Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist