Jazz Studies

  • Guest Artist Dick Oatts

    Missouri State student jazz musicians perform with saxophonist Dick Oatts, headliner for Jazz Fest '16 (April 23)

  • Missouri State Jazz

    Several jazz performances are scheduled each year on the Missouri State campus and community venues

  • Missouri State Jazz Spooktacular

    Guest artist Jeff Coffin joins in the fun of a Missouri State Jazz Spooktacular concert

  • Don & Linda Overend Scholarship

    Student jazz musician Austin Farnam is honored with the Don & Linda Overend Scholarship

  • Missouri State Jazz

    Missouri State Jazz musicians perform during First Friday Art Walk in downtown Springfield

Our ensemble and symposium

The Jazz Studies Ensemble and Jazz Symposium showcase the performances of talented student musicians, both music and non-music majors.

Jazz Studies Ensemble

The Jazz Studies Ensemble is a 16-18 piece jazz ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary big band literature including historically important compositions and arrangements from the masters of the genre. There are multiple sections of this ensemble and members are selected by audition. Jazz Studies Ensemble is open to all University students, regardless of major.

Jazz Symposium

Jazz Symposium is a small jazz ensemble, generally 4-6 members, that focuses on the improvisational aspect of jazz music in a more intimate setting. There are multiple sections of these ensembles and members are selected by audition. Jazz Symposium is open to all University students, regardless of major.

Contact information

Randy P. Hamm

Randy P. Hamm

Jazz Studies Director, Woodwind Area Coordinator

Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Symposium, Woodwind Area Coordinator; Teaching: MUS 155-755, MUS 172-772, MUS 174-774, MUS 119-319, MUS 298/398/498/798, MUS 220, MUS 526, MUS 538/638