Fall 2014 auditions for both the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will be held:

Monday, August 25
1 - 3 p.m.
Rehearsal Hall, Room A183

Auditions will consist of a prepared jazz piece of the student’s choosing, sight-reading (for Jazz Ensemble), and optional improvisation (Ensemble and Combo).

Each audition will be about 5 minutes long, so please sign up for an audition time to ensure your slot. If you are auditioning for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, please indicate that on the accompanying student information form. The student information forms will be available at the auditions. There will be a sign-up sheet posted outside the Jazz Director’s office (A147).

You must audition and be accepted into the ensemble to participate in the Jazz Ensemble and / or Jazz Combos at Christopher Newport University.

Jazz ensemble rehearsals are MWF from 1 – 1:50 p.m.

Jazz Combo rehearsals are MWF from 2 – 2:50 p.m. and Monday evenings.

This small group performs in the following areas: Latin, fusion, be-bop, modal, swing, ballad, rock, straight-ahead jazz and vocal jazz. You will perform several times during the course of the semester. A thorough knowledge of jazz theory, chord and scale relationships, and melodic soloing is recommended. 

Kelly Rossum, D.M.A
Kelly Rossum, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies, teaches undergraduate and graduate jazz pedagogy, jazz arranging, jazz history and literature, jazz improvisation, and directs the Advanced Jazz Combo and the CNU Jazz Ensemble. Rossum also teaches applied trumpet, brass studio class, trumpet studio class and directs the CNU Trumpet Ensemble.

Rossum is an international trumpet artist who has been invited to perform at multiple International Trumpet Guild Conferences, including Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia, as well as repeat appearances at the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City. A champion of new music, he has premiered compositions by Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, David Durst, Steven Bryant and numerous other composers. He has performed everything from lead trumpet at New York’s famed Birdland jazz club to natural trumpet in Bad Säckingen, Germany.

As a recording artist, Rossum has released four albums as a leader and has appeared on more than 40 recordings as a sideman. His compositions, incorporating improvisational and contemporary avant-garde techniques, have been performed and recorded by numerous artists and organizations. He has provided original scores for both film and dance and has received support from the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation.

Previous to his appointment at CNU, Rossum served as the jazz director and trumpet professor at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and founded and directed the jazz program at MacPhail Center for Music in Minnesota, one of the nation’s largest community music schools. He earned his bachelor of music degree from the University of Nebraska, his master of music degree from the University of North Texas and his doctor of musical arts from the University of Minnesota.