Bachelor of Music
Bottom line: jazz is alive, and you can study it in Orlando.
At UCF, jazz students have access to some of the best resources of any university. Studying jazz at UCF means studying with some of the top jazz faculty in the country, including Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies.
UCF is home to the chart-topping Flying Horse Big Band, a full-size jazz ensemble that has seen multiple records reach nation-wide professional jazz charts and has worked with some of today’s renowned artists, as well as an in-house recording label, Flying Horse Records.
UCF is the only performing arts school in the world that has both a 24/7 NPR jazz station [89.9 FM] and a record label.
Each year, UCF presents the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival which invites guest artists such as Sean Jones, Conrad Herwig, Orrin Evans and more to perform on campus with our students. UCF is also in partnership with WUCF-FM, a radio station with a complete focus on jazz music.
The Jazz Studies Track prepares students for a career as a professional jazz musician. Students will take classes in applied study, music theory, history and performance. Students have the opportunity to perform in large ensembles as well as small chamber groups.
Current students can find the Jazz Studies Handbook on the Student Resources page.Learn more about the Jazz Studio
JazzBluesNews: UCF Jazz student interview and album release
March 02, 2021 JazzBluesNews interviews UCF Jazz student and saxophonist Ryan Devlin about the release of his first album, “Thoughts on the Matter.”
UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival ’21 Goes Virtual
February 23, 2021 Jazz is all about improvisation and experimentation — and that is what the annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival will do when it improvises and goes all virtual Feb. 26-27.
An Interview with CAH Dean and Professor of Percussion Jeff Moore
January 11, 2021 This month’s publication of School Band & Orchestra features a Q&A with Dean Jeff Moore who also serves as a Professor of Percussion with the UCF School of Performing Arts.