The Jazz Orchestra performs the big band repertoire of important figures in the history of jazz ensemble composition and arranging. This includes writers/arrangers of the past (e.g. Thad Jones, Rob McConnell), as well as current writers/arrangers (e.g. Bob Brookmeyer, Fred Sturm, Mark Taylor, Bob Mintzer).
Through the study of big band repertoire members of the ensemble cultivate musical skills such as reading, stylistic concepts, and improvisation. The ensemble also seeks to develop the students as professional performers and educators through learning and performance excellence in a positive music-making environment. Encouraging creative thought and artistic interaction is a priority.
As well as its performances at the School of Music, the Memorial University Jazz Ensemble performs at various events throughout St. John's including the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra's Fall Gala concert.
Students interested in learning the language of jazz in a classic big band setting are encouraged to audition for Jazz Orchestra. Auditions for the Jazz Orchestra are open to all Memorial University students (undergraduate and graduate) and members of the community. We welcome auditions on any of the following instruments:
Saxophones (alto, tenor, and baritone)
Trombones (tenor and bass)
Auditions are required of any musician interested in joining the Jazz Orchestra. All Memorial University students and community members with experience performing in a jazz band setting are welcome to audition.
If you are interested in auditioning for the MUN Jazz Orchestra, contact Prof. Florian Hoefner for audition details.