Vocal and Instrumental Jazz

Connected and In-Demand

Our jazz artist-instructors are among Chicago's finest


North Central offers world-class performing facilities and a jazz faculty comprising some of the most prolific and accomplished artists in the Chicago area. Click on a link below to learn about the jazz artist-instructors that inspire our students every day, along with information regarding audition requirements for scholarships, which are available to all students, regardless of major. Scroll further down to learn about our many jazz ensemble offerings.

Why Study Jazz at North Central?

Jazz Scholarship Audition Information

Jazz Scholarship Requirements

Jazz Jury Requirements

Major in Jazz Studies Curriculum

Jazz Studies Program Calendar


Jazz Faculty

Janice Borla- Vocal Jazz

Mitch Paliga- Jazz Saxophone

Art Davis- Jazz Trumpet

Tim Coffman- Jazz Trombone

John McLean- Jazz Guitar

Kelly Sill- Jazz Bass

Jack Mouse- Jazz Drum Set

Brad Stirtz- Jazz Vibraphone

Chris White- Jazz Piano

Big Band

Mr. Tim Coffman, Director


The North Central College Big Band rehearses three hours per week and utilizes the standard big band instrumentation.  Repertoire includes compositions and arrangements from the libraries of well-known professional big bands, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Gil Evans and many others.

Jazz Combos

Multiple Ensembles and Instructors


The Jazz Combos focus on improvisation within a small jazz ensemble setting. These groups are instructed by members of North Central College's esteemed jazz faculty and rehearse three hours each week. The repertoire spans the entire spectrum of jazz styles, from traditional jazz, bebop, fusion and Latin jazz to contemporary jazz and free improvisation.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Ms. Janice Borla, Director


The Vocal Jazz Ensemble focuses on improvisation within a vocal ensemble context. The ensemble rehearses three hours each week and performs settings of both instrumental and vocal jazz repertoire. Many of the arrangements and compositions are written by its director, jazz vocalist Janice Borla.