The USD Jazz Ensemble was begun in the Fall of 2010 in response to student interests and backgrounds, and to the Music faculty’s desire to give students the opportunity to perform the rich and challenging music of one of the U.S.’s native art forms, and to establish an ensemble composed almost entirely of USD students playing for USD students. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses every Wednesday night for two and a half hours and gives a concert at the end of each semester.
The Music Departments hopes that, as the Jazz Ensemble develops, it will have other performance venues, and welcomes students to join and help it become a presence in campus life.
The director is Ella Steinberg, San Diego Youth Symphony Ed.D., who directs the Wind Symphony, Concert Winds and Jazz Ensemble for the San Diego Youth Symphony, and is a jazz trumpeter and an expert at recruiting and building musical ensembles.
USD students can enroll in the Jazz Ensemble for one credit each semester, without limit. Three credits will fulfill the students’ CORE Fine Arts requirement. For further information, contact Ella Steinberg, Ed.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Harnish, Ph.D., Chair of Music Department at email@example.com or (619) 260-4128.