California Pacific University Seeks Student Jazz Ambassadors

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The University of the Pacific is the oldest university in California, founded on July 10, 1851 and affiliated with the Methodist Church. Originally named the College of the Pacific, the school claims jazz piano icon Dave Brubeck as one of its most distinguished alumni.

Brubeck and his wife Iola attended college; Brubeck graduated in 1942, Iola in 1945.

Brubeck returned to school in 1953 to play a concert with an early version of his quartet, and the recording of this concert became part of the Brubeck Quartet’s “Jazz Goes to College” series.

A more recent Pacific alumnus who has gained recognition is vibraphonist Joel Ross, who attended the university from 2013 to 2015 on a Brubeck scholarship. Ross performs a concert for Earshot Jazz on June 30 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle.

The Pacific Jazz Ambassadors are a jazz combo comprised of students pursuing an accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at Pacific’s Conservatory of Music.

Ambassadors study with the Faculty of Pacific Jazz Studies, visiting jazz educators, artists, clinicians, and other music professionals, while earning their undergraduate degree.

They perform extensively throughout California, as well as in the United States and abroad.
Regular international performances are an essential component of Ambassador education, and collaboration with professional artists and visiting clinicians is a high priority.

Ambassadors also work in the on-campus recording studio, producing at least one recording project each year.

This opportunity is open to five high school graduates who are exceptionally talented and motivated jazz musicians. The scholarship includes full tuition fees.

The deadline for applications and submission of recorded auditions is Thursday, June 30. Learn more here.

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