About the Jazz Ensembles
The jazz program at Illinois Wesleyan University is open to all students and features
interested jazz students from a variety of departments across the University. Started
by Dr. Tom Streeter (retired), the Jazz Program at IWU is currently under the direction
of Prof. Glenn Wilson. Recent tours have included Nashville, Boston, New York, Italy,
Phoenix, the Bahamas, and Japan, and recent guest artists have included Ed Calle,
Steve Wiest, and Chris Vadala.
The IWU Jazz Festival
The IWU Jazz Festival began in 1976 as an opportunity for junior high and high school
ensembles to bolster the level of jazz they offer at their schools by participating
in a non-competitive festival.
Only proven, exceptional jazz educators are hired to adjudicate at the IWU Jazz Festival.
The comments received from the adjudicators about the group performance are important,
but the most significant aspect of the festival is the chance for each student to
attend a separate clinic related to their individual instrument, given by outstanding
clinicians such as Chip Stephens, Ed Calle, or Steve Wiest. Participating students
have the opportunity to sit at the feet of these jazz masters, an opportunity which
is hoped will assist each student's overall playing abilities.
In it's 44th year of operation, the IWU Jazz Festival will welcome ensembles from
all over the Midwest and beyond for a day of education, performance and fun.
44st Annual Jazz Festival