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 remember meeting Pete Malinverni at my audition and feeling immediately at home.
Purchase was the perfect atmosphere for me develop my skills and find my path in music.
Purchase College allows a student to find their voice, while simultaneously informing them of the techniques and history that have come before.
I was always encouraged to find my own sound, and the faculty always created chances for every student. The Jazz program provides a wonderful vibe, good mentorship and helpful friends.
At Purchase, I learned the discipline necessary to make a career in music possible yet always felt free to follow my musical compass.
“I’ve been grateful to have a music career largely in part to the training I got while I was at Purchase College.”
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.