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    • OUR HISTORY 
      Capital’s Jazz Studies degree is one of the longest established jazz programs in the nation, having been first introduced in 1976. Since that time, the degree has produced countless outstanding musicians who have achieved success as performers, educators and in other areas of the music industry. 

      OUR FACULTY

      Capital has made a major commitment to studies in contemporary music. You will study with dedicated, professional faculty in the discipline who are leaders in the field and well-known internationally, such as Lou Fischer, Rob Parton, Michael Cox, Stan Smith, Roger Hines, Ryan Hamilton and others. These faculty members are dedicated to building your performance skills and your academic growth. We believe in developing broad, applicable skills that will serve you for a lifetime.

      RELATED PROGRAMS AND ENSEMBLE EXPERIENCES

      Our Jazz Studies degree interfaces with other parts of Capital’s contemporary studies curriculum, including studies in music industry, music technology, composition and music business, reflecting the integrated nature of today’s music scene. Capital’s program features large ensembles and small group jazz experiences, as well as special ensembles in other contemporary areas, allowing you to leverage your jazz skills along with music technology and composition. You will also be encouraged to participate in traditional and world music ensembles to balance your interests and prepare you for the myriad changes in music and styles as you go forward.

      WHERE WE LIVE AND PERFORM

      Capital is located in Columbus, Ohio, a fast-growing metropolitan of over two million people, providing our students with immediate opportunities to interact with established professional musicians and to observe performers in clubs and concerts that are difficult to hear in smaller cities. And, it does not take long for our students to find themselves becoming active in Columbus’ vibrant professional music scene.

      HOW QUICKLY WILL I PLAY?

      As an undergraduate-only institution, you will be involved immediately in our groups…not requiring you to wait your turn and observe graduate students holding major chairs in ensembles. In addition, your hands-on experience at Capital serves those students interested in graduate programs with the background to be admitted to the nation’s top jazz studies graduate programs on a regular basis.

      WHAT OUR GRADUATES DO

      Our graduates are successful in all areas of the music business – from performing with international acts to managing well-known artists in every genre…from working in arts organizations to music production houses.

      IS THE PROGRAM FLEXIBLE IF MY PLANS CHANGE?

      We realize that your goals may change as you move through college. Therefore, you will find that at Capital the first year in music is a generic experience, allowing program changes to be made easily and without losing credits. Again, this is a unique element to our program.

      HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND AUDITIONS?

      We encourage you to visit the campus, meet students and faculty, visit classes and become familiar with Columbus. Please feel free to contact US directly with questions that you or your parents have about our program, or reach out to our Conservatory admissions counselor, Summer Slusher, for audition information or to schedule a campus visit to meet our faculty, schedule a lesson, visit classes and to hear our groups. Summer’s email is sslusher@capital.edu. Program director Robert Breithaupt may be contact at rbreitha@capital.edu.  

       


      Conservatory Admission and Audition Requirements

      Admission into this program will require you to complete a two-part process to gain admittance to both Capital University and the Conservatory of Music.   

      CONSERVATORY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS  

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