Western Oregon Jazz Orchestra

The Western Oregon Jazz Orchestra is WOU’s large-scale jazz ensemble. This group performs the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, and Bob Brookmeyer, as well as original music by WOU students and faculty. Previous guest artists include Adam Larson, Allen Toussaint, Cuong Vu, Nancy King, Victor Barranco (US Army Blues), and The Mel Brown Trio. Each year the Western Oregon Jazz Orchestra performs several concerts, records, and tours off campus.

Director: Dr. Keith Karns

karnsk@wou.edu   |   503-838-8541

Rehearsal Schedule

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 3-3:50

Audition Policy

Auditions are held during new student week and on during finals week of fall and winter term. 



Music Department

503-838-8275 | or e-mail: music@wou.edu | Location: Smith Hall