School of Visual and Performing Arts

Jazz Ensembles at The University of Toledo

UT Jazz combos perform in local clubsJazz Combos

MUS 3050:137

Coached by UT Jazz Faculty

These ensembles play in the Toledo area at off-campus locations such as 31 Hundred Restaurant & Bar in the Radisson Hotel at the University of Toledo (Health Science Campus).
Rehearsal times: TBA

UT Jazz Ensemble 2013UT Jazz Ensemble

MUS 3020:001, MUS 5020:001

Gunnar Mossblad, director
The University of Toledo Jazz Ensemble has been swinging since its inception in the old barracks behind University Hall in 1970. Since then, many of Toledo's jazz luminaries have passed through the ranks of the organization, and several others have served as director. UTJE alumni perform professionally all around the world, and the band continues to be very popular, playing to full houses at their fall and spring semester concerts.

Come and audition! Auditions for the the UT Jazz Ensemble are open to all students, regardless of major. Auditions take place during the first week of classes each semester, and members can earn one credit hour. 
Rehearsal times: MW 1:00-2:50p.m.

UT Jazz Lab Band- "GuitArkestra"GuitArkestra Ensemble concert

MUS 3020:002, MUS 5020:002

Norm Damschroder, director
Personnel for the ensemble is selected by the directors during the first few open rehearsals of each semester. They play a variety of literature including standards, current pieces, and student compositions. The ensemble performs regularly and is open to any UT student regardless of major. 
Rehearsal times are:  TR 11:30-1:20p.m.

UT Vocalstra Ensemble performing in Crystals LoungeUT Jazz Vocalstra

MUS 3150:001, MUS 5150:001

Tad Weed and Ellie Martin, directors
Jon Hendricks' Vocalstra at The University of Toledo, a vocalese performance ensemble, is made up of a wide variety of people, ranging from first year undergraduate students to seasoned professionals from the local music community.
Rehearsal times: MW 5:00-6:50 p.m.

2018 Vocalstra Auditions (Center for Performing Arts)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 4-7 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, September 5, 4-7 p.m.

Do you like to sing jazz? Then audition for the University of Toledo’s, Vocalstra, a vocal jazz ensemble founded by the legendary jazz singer Jon Hendricks. This ensemble performs a variety of repertoire, including jazz standards, blues, vocalese (a genre of jazz singing in which words are set to instrumental recordings), and other contemporary genres. We are searching for new, passionate and committed members, so if you are an experienced jazz singer, or are just starting out and want to learn more about jazz, this class will help you develop skills in singing, microphone technique, and improvisation.

For auditions please prepare a song of your choice, preferably in the jazz style if possible. Auditions will be held in ten-minute increments, and you can sign up for an audition time through the link posted on this page.

Please sign up for a time that works best for you. If you have any questions, or the audition time’s conflict with your schedule, please contact Dr. Ellie Martin at


UT Latin Jazz Ensemble in concertUT Latin Jazz Ensemble

MUS 3050:138, MUS 5050:138

Contact: Dr. Olman E Piedra
The UT Latin Jazz Ensemble is a jazz chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of music from Cuba and Brazil. The primary goal of the ensemble is to assist students’ understanding of basic percussion rhythms, piano montunos, bass tumbaos, horn lines and how they all fit together in an ensemble setting. The primary musical focus of the ensemble is on Cuban rhythms and Afro-Cuban jazz, though understanding the basics of Brazilian rhythms are also discussed. The ensemble’s instrumentation is typically drumset, congas, timbales, piano, guitar, bass, anywhere from 1-5 horn players and sometimes a vocalist. The ensemble performs one concert per semester along with numerous off-campus performances at local jazz venues or events. The ensemble is open to any student with a previous background in music by audition only.  
Rehearsal times: T 4:00-5:50 p.m.

UT Summer Jazz Institute

Annual summer workshop in Jazz (Tracks: vocal, instrumental, educator and jazz appreciation)

Last Updated: 8/29/18