Message from the President


Message from the President

On behalf of the California Jazz Conservatory family of faculty, students and staff, welcome!

The California Jazz Conservatory begins academic year 2019–20 with an exciting announcement: the appointment of internationally acclaimed bassist, vocalist, composer and educator Dr. Jeffrey Denson as the California Jazz Conservatory’s new Dean of Instruction. Dean Denson will officially take on his new title and role in August 2019. In addition to his duties as Dean, Dr. Denson will continue serving as Chair of the California Jazz Conservatory Bass Department, directing the Conservatory’s all-star “Blue Ensemble” and teaching an assortment of required and elective courses. I know he will make tremendous contributions to our students and the program. Welcome, Dean Denson!

The California Jazz Conservatory’s vision is to admit musicians and graduate artists. As an aspiring artist yourself, you have chosen a music conservatory with a faculty of experienced artists and academicians who value and encourage your unique artistic perspective and have a proven track record of transforming our students into the artists they strive to become.

The California Jazz Conservatory is gaining nationwide recognition as a hotbed for jazz education and performance, and our alumni are playing an important role in this distinction. We have also formed a new partnership with the iconic Monterey Jazz Festival, “The MJF-CJC Partnership for Excellence in Jazz Performance and Education,” providing us with unlimited opportunities to hear and interact with today’s leaders in jazz.

The California Jazz Conservatory campus is located in the heart of the vibrant Downtown Berkeley Arts District. Students are within walking distance of a number of the Bay Area’s preeminent arts organizations, including the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Cal Performances, the Freight and Salvage, and the Berkeley Rep and Aurora Theaters.

CJC students have easy access to affordable public transportation. Buses and BART are within half a block, connecting students to the Bay Area and beyond.

Finally — and perhaps most importantly — you will be attending the only independent accredited music conservatory in the country that is 100% devoted to jazz and related styles of music, and 100% devoted to you!

Choosing the California Jazz Conservatory will enable you to become the artist you aspire to become, in a program whose mission celebrates and promotes individual expression on all fronts. An exciting and productive semester awaits! Join us this year!

Yours in jazz,

Susan Muscarella, Ph.D.