Centre Dimensions, the premier twenty-piece jazz ensemble at Penn State, performs frequently on campus and tours throughout Pennsylvania and the East. In addition, Centre Dimensions performs and works with several internationally known artists each year. Previous guests have included Phil Woods (sax), Cyrus Chesnut (piano), Bob Mintzer (sax), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), George Rabbai (trumpet, vocals), Frank Morgan (sax), Lynn Seaton (bass), and John Riley (drums). They perform a challenging repertoire of modern and classic jazz, as well as originals written by the director. This highly selective ensemble is open by audition to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. Centre Dimensions is directed by Prof. Dan Yoder.
Inner Dimensions, the second jazz big band at Penn State, performs five major concerts per year on campus, and occasionally, performs off-campus. This ensemble is comprised mostly of undergraduate music majors and performs a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from jazz standards to more cutting edge compositions. A high premium is placed on developing improvisation skills and refining a great big band sound. Membership is by audition only, and is open to all students of all majors. Inner Dimensions is directed by Dr. Eric Bush.
Outer Dimensions, third jazz big band, performs approximately five major concerts per year on campus. This ensemble is comprised mostly of undergraduate non-majors and performs mostly standard jazz repertoire. While experience varies, students in this ensemble are given the opportunity to develop their improvisation skills and enhance their understanding of the jazz genre. Membership is by audition only, and is open to all students of all majors. Outer Dimensions is currently directed by Graduate Teaching Assistant, Austin Oprean.
Jazz Combos at Penn State typically range from 5-8 members, consisting of a rhythm section and horns. By audition only, these combos are formed by placing students of similar experience and skill together for the semester. Coached by the Prof. Dan Yoder and Dr. Eric Bush, these combos perform at least 2-3 times per year, including a performance the the Penn State Jazz Festival, and fall and spring concerts. More advanced combos will will also perform on and off campus for university events and other gigs.
***Auditions for all jazz ensembles typically take place during the first week of classes each semester. For more information, please visit: http://music.psu.edu/ensemble_auditions