The Jazz Studies Program

The jazz studies program is a dynamic, intensive, professional training experience for the aspiring jazz performer. The performance-driven curriculum strives to emphasize the practical, bringing “the street into the classroom.” With world-class performance and rehearsal facilities, the program enjoys an acclaimed reputation among today’s leading institutions. Jazz majors are mentored by some of the leading jazz artists on the scene today, and performance opportunities abound on campus, locally in Westchester County and Connecticut, and in leading New York City venues.

Jazz Studies Faculty and Visiting Affiliate Artists

Eric Alexander, BM, William Paterson University
Jon Gordon
Ralph Lalama, BMEd, Youngstown State University
Steve Wilson, studied at Virginia Commonwealth University

Jon Faddis, honorary PhD, Manhattan School of Music

John Fedchock, MM, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

John Abercrombie, BM, Berklee College of Music
Doug Munro, MFA, Purchase College

Charles Blenzig, studied with Roland Kohloff at Manhattanville College
Hal Galper, Diploma, Berklee College of Music
Kevin Hays
David Hazeltine, BA, University of Wisconsin
Pete Malinverni, MM, Purchase College

Scott Colley, BM, California Institute for the Arts
Todd Coolman, PhD, New York University
David Ruffels
Doug Weiss

Richie Morales, MFA, Purchase College
John Riley, MM, Manhattan School of Music
Kenny Washington, studied with Rudy Collins

Latin Jazz Orchestra:
David DeJesus, MM, Manhattan School of Music (conductor)

Contributing Faculty:
Ted Piltzecker, MM, Manhattan School of Music (vibraphones)

For more information:
Conservatory of Music Faculty & Visiting Affiliate Artists

For additional information and updates during 2013–2015, please visit

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