The Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andrew Neu, performs a varied repertoire of traditional and contemporary music composed and arranged for big band. The ensemble is open to all students through audition and averages 20 members per semester, with additional personnel rotated as necessary. There are two end-of-semester concerts as well as smaller-scale performances throughout the school year. These additional concerts include master classes, chamber music concerts, student recitals, campus performances, and the Swarthmore College High School Jazz Festival.
The ensemble rehearses each Tuesday evening from 7-10 p.m. In addition to the big band, students are encouraged to participate in jazz combos, comprised primarily of members of the Jazz Ensemble. Combos are included at all concert events. All students are encouraged to audition for Music 48, the department's lessons-for-credit program, where students are able to study jazz performance with many of the finest jazz educators and performers in the area. Additionally, some jazz combos can register as chamber music ensembles for credit through the Fetter Chamber Music Program. If you have questions about Jazz Ensemble at Swarthmore, please email the director, Andrew Neu, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2019: The first rehearsal and placement auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 3rd, 7:00 - 10:00 PM in Lang Concert Hall. Auditioning students are encouraged to prepare a short jazz excerpt. For more information, e-mail Andrew Neu at email@example.com.