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), Xavier Davis (piano), Jay Ashby (trombone), John Riley (drums) and the New York Voices. 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. Marko Marcinko.
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 Prof. Josh Davis.
Outer Dimensions, the 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 Wade Judy.
Vocal Dimensions is the premier vocal jazz combo at Penn State. Since its founding in the spring of 2018, this group has been invited to perform at some of Penn State’s most prestigious concerts, including the President’s Concert and Mosaic, the School of Music Showcase. This dynamic group performs approximately five concerts a year, both on and off campus. Vocal Dimensions sings a variety of repertoire, from classic standards to modern compositions and arrangements, and this ensemble places a strong emphasis on developing a jazz ‘feel’ and a blended combo sound, as well as improving improvisation skills. Students of all majors are welcome. Vocal Dimensions is currently directed by Prof. Marko Marcinko.
***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