25 Years of Jazz Studies
Launched in the spring of 1993, the Purchase College Jazz Studies program is celebrating 25 years of making great music and nurturing some of the best Jazz musicians in the universe.
“It’s an honor to celebrate such an important milestone for Jazz Studies at Purchase,” says noted Jazz pianist Pete Malinverni, who leads the program. “Our alumni are among the most talented and professional in the country, as evidenced by their accomplishments in Jazz clubs and festivals around the world, and on award-winning recordings. We are thrilled to invite the public to check out the next generation of leading Jazz artists right in their own back yard.”
Throughout the 2018–19 season, Jazz students from Purchase, as well as alumni and musical friends of the program, will perform on campus and at such noted New York City venues as the Blue Note, Birdland, and Dizzy’s (Lincoln Center).
Friends of Jazz Scholarship
Also coinciding with the 25th Anniversary is the launch of an effort to raise funds for a Friends of Jazz Scholarship Fund. All gifts will go to scholarships for students in the Jazz Studies program. Purchase maintains a strong commitment to the idea that any student talented enough to succeed in a program as competitive as Purchase Jazz should not be impeded by an inability to pay.
About the Jazz Studies Program
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. Read further about the Jazz Studies program here.
25 Years of Jazz Stories
“I believe we have become positioned as one of the leading programs within public education in the world” ~ Todd Coolman
“I’ve been grateful to have a music career largely in part to the training I got while I was at Purchase College.”
Being at Purchase really helped me to create the career that I wanted for myself...the Purchase community feels like a family that I will have for the rest of my life.
The jazz program at Purchase enabled me to focus on developing my skills…and to understand the demands of “the real world.”
“To my great pleasure I found myself involved in a warm, artistic, nurturing yet rigorous academic environment, which still exists [here] now, having become a world class program.”
“None of this would have been possible without Purchase College.”
“While at Purchase I was lucky enough to get my butt whooped by heavy hitters on the faculty. Without them I wouldn’t understand what it truly takes to make music.”
“At every turn I’ve been helped by the education I received at Purchase.”
Check back often as we celebrate our 25th anniversary through new stories about alumni, faculty, and current students posted during the 2018–19 academic year.