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Message from the President

Welcome to the California Jazz Conservatory!susan-muscarella

The 2014-2015 academic year begins with some exciting news:

  •  Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • A new institutional name — California Jazz Conservatory
  • World-renowned pianist Benny Green as our artist-in-residence

It’s been said that all good things come in threes. In line with this familiar aphorism, these recent developments are simply groundbreaking.

First, accreditation signifies that the institution has met the rigorous artistic, academic and administrative standards set by NASM. Accreditation will soon enable us to participate in U.S. government financial aid programs and will also allow us to admit students from abroad. Second, we’ve adopted an organizational name that best reflects our mission as the only stand-alone conservatory devoted to the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music in the western United States. Third, our students will now have the opportunity to learn directly from one of the country’s most revered jazz pianists – Benny Green – an authentic living legend who exemplifies the ultimate in artistic excellence.

Our momentum will continue to grow this year, allowing us to bring you the very best in jazz education and performance. Please join us by taking advantage of the many exciting opportunities the California Jazz Conservatory has to offer you this year!



Susan Muscarella
President and Dean of Instruction

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