Faculty

Alex Parker
Director of Baylor Jazz Program
Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies

ALEX PARKER serves as the director of the Baylor Jazz Ensemble, the Baylor Concert Jazz Ensemble, jazz combos, jazz string quartet and he teaches undergraduate and graduate students in several jazz disciplines. Mr. Parker holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami at Coral Gables and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. His background is in jazz writing, jazz performance and jazz pedagogy, as well as trumpet performance and instrumental teaching. ~ MORE...




Edward Taylor
Senior Lecturer in Music Theory
Jazz Drum Set Instructor

EDWARD TAYLOR joined the faculty of Baylor University in August 2006, having previously taught at William Paterson University and Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers University where he was a student of Charles Wuorinen. Additionally, he earned a B.M. in jazz studies from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where his principal teachers included Keith Copeland (jazz drums) and Kenny Barron (jazz composition).

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Dr. Michael Jacobson
Professor of Saxophone
Chair, Music Technology

MICHAEL N. JACOBSON joined the Baylor faculty in 1984, and is currently Professor of Saxophone and Music Technology. He holds degrees from Arizona State University (Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition, and Jazz Performance); Indiana University (Master of Music in Saxophone Performance); and the University of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance with a Jazz Emphasis). ~ MORE...




Dr. Jean Boyd
Professor of Music History
Jazz History

JEAN BOYD. Professor of Musicology. Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Research interests: Texas jazz, American music criticism, ethnomusicology, oral history. Author of The Jazz of the Southwest: An Oral History of Western Swing (University of Texas Press, 1998), "Western Swing: Working Class Southwestern Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s," in Perspectives on American Music, 1900-1940, edited by Michael Saffle (Garland Publishing, Inc., 2000). and The Quintessential Texas Band: The Story of the Light Crust Doughboys (University of Texas Press, forthcoming). ~ MORE...




Todd Meehan
Associate Professor of Percussion

TODD MEEHAN currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Baylor University School of Music. He is an active solo, orchestral, and chamber musician and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Mr. Meehan's solo and chamber music endeavors are focused on the creation and performance of new music. In this capacity he has commissioned works from Paul Lansky, David Lang, Charles Wourinen, Alejandro Viñao, Lukas Ligeti, and Robert Morris, and has presented numerous premieres for solo and chamber percussion.

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Dr. Sandor Ostlund
Associate Professor of Double Bass

SANDOR OSTLUND is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Baylor University. He is an active and versatile performer as a soloist, and as a chamber, early music, and orchestral musician, as well as being in demand as a double bass clinician.

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