Jazz at Shasta College
Offering a variety of ensemble and lecture courses within the study of Jazz. We have three jazz performance ensembles and these ensembles give a variety of live, public concerts throughout the year (primarily in the Shasta College Theater).
Jazz Ensemble (MUS 33)
Beginning/intermediate ensemble that is open to students who wish to learn the basics of jazz performance. The ensemble rehearses during the day and does not require auditions. The ensemble is open to everyone but usually traditional college students (non-music majors and music majors) take this ensemble.
Jazz Big Band (MUS 47)
Traditional jazz big band (18-22 musicians) and is at the advanced level of jazz performance. The Big Band rehearses Monday evenings and involves traditional college students and community members. The ensemble performs traditional literature from the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 40s and contemporary modern jazz literature. This ensemble requires an audition and is for advanced musicians.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble (MUS 35)
An ensemble performing vocal jazz literature. The ensemble is open to everyone but usually traditional college students (non-music majors and music majors) take this ensemble. The ensemble rehearses during the day and requires an audition.
The History of Jazz and Early Rock (MUS 11)
Shasta College offers a popular General Studies course focused on jazz history (MUS 11: The History of Jazz and Early Rock). Because MUS 11 is a general studies course, all students are welcome into the class (students do NOT need to initially know anything about music). The course satisfies general studies requirements for both the CSU and UC systems. There are multiple sections and MUS 11 is offered during the day academic schedule.