UPDATE - Looking to the Spring 2021 Semester

AUDITION INFO: As we look forward to making music in the Spring semester, we ask that students who were not with us in the Fall '20 semester take an audition with Bruce. These will mostly be remote and are slated for Tue./Wed. Feb. 16/17 from 7-10pm. Audition info can be found here. Reminder you will need to be logged in using your Amherst credentials to access this google site.  Auditions are painless and serve as a chance for us to match you with the best possible musical environment and to talk about your musical goals.

In the Fall '20 semester, we were able to achieve performance opportunities for all seeking them. This included jazz ensemble and jazz combos, with a routine weekly rehearsal schedule and several performances. Our rehearsals were in-person as well as online (Jamulus was our jam!!). We anticipate being in a similar situation in the Spring '21 semester. 

Please do plan to participate fully with us in the Jazz Ensemble and/or the Jazz Combos program. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our Jazz@Amherst Family. Until then, stay safe and keep playing!

Connect with us on Slack: #jazzatamherst

Welcome to the new Jazz@Amherst website! 

Prospective and current students: read below to find out more about our program and how you can be a part of it. Scroll further down for Jazz @ Amherst news.

What is Jazz@Amherst?

The Combo Program: small jazz groups, tailored to individual levels of experience and preferred styles. Mostly faculty-coached, the combos are a great way to grow as a gigging musician.

The Jazz Ensemble: our "big band" jazz ensemble, directed by Bruce Diehl. The ensemble plays all sorts of charts, from Duke Ellington to Fred Sturm, and plays an original piece each year as part of our McBride '59 Commission Series.

Jazz Studies Courses: from basic jazz theory to seminars on improvised music, Amherst College offers a diverse set of courses related to Jazz Studies, taught by Prof. Robinson, Senior Lecturer Diehl and welcome back to Prof. Harper '90. Additionally, the Music Department brings highly respected scholars to speak and perform every semester.

Extra-departmental student projects: from jazz-hip-hop fusion bands to 10-piece swing ensembles, Amherst student-musicians are constantly exploring jazz outside of the classroom or recital hall. Paying gigs are common for experienced musicians, both on and off-campus, and even sometimes involve department faculty.

Prospective students:

We'd love to hear from you, and even host you for a daytime visit and evening rehearsal. Click here for more details, including tips for how to include jazz in your application. Also, notice the new FAQ section at the end of the document linked above.

Current students:

Want to join our program: we want you to as well! Click here for audition materials, and make sure to email bpdiehl@amherst.edu with any questions.


Jazz@Amherst wants to hear from Amherst Alums who participated in the jazz program during their time at Amherst. Please feel free to share via email and/or Facebook what you have been up to, and where life has taken you to be.

What Is Hip?

Current news about Jazz-related departmental happenings - check back frequently!

Concerts Looming. See headline below under "Upcoming Concerts"

Facebook Presence!

Be sure to like Amherst College Jazz on Facebook - ACJE Facebook Page

Upcoming Concerts! 

Stay tuned!

Last Updated: April 27, 2021