Jazz Area

The Schulich School of Music's extensive curriculum in jazz includes studies in Jazz Theory and Harmony, Keyboard, History, Performance Practice, and two years each of Improvisation, Composition, and Arranging. The program also includes private instrumental instruction and participation in McGill's two award-winning jazz orchestras, two rhythm-section ensembles, a jazz choir, chamber jazz orchestra and twenty combos.

Student combos perform regularly at a variety of local venues. Our McGill Jazz Orchestra 1 ensemble has travelled to France, England, Ireland, Mexico, throughout the United States and Canada and has performed with world-class jazz performers and composers, including: Slide Hampton, Jim McNeely, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Adam Rogers and Dick Oatts. Our students perform challenging new repertoire that embraces Canadian composers, traditional and contemporary jazz masterworks and music written by our own outstanding students.

Our Programs

For all admissions information, see our Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions webpages.

Jazz Area Faculty

Area Chair:
John Hollenbeck

Complete faculty listing: Jazz Area

Jazz faculty profiles by instrument:


Jazz Area ensembles include: McGill Jazz Orchestra I and II, McGill Chamber Jazz Ensemble, McGill Jazz Choir, McGill Rhythm Section Ensembles, Jazz Combos.

For a complete list of the School's ensembles, with descriptions and audition information, visit our Ensembles webpages.