Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival

The Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival is the oldest jazz festival in the U.S. It takes place every spring at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The university invites college bands and professional jazz musicians from throughout the country to participate in the weekend event.[1]

Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival
Location(s)South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Years active1959–present

In 2016, a female panel of judges was chosen for the first time since the festival began in 1959. The judges were Marion Hayden, Allison Miller, Helen Sung, and sisters Christine Jensen and Ingrid Jensen. The panel was chosen by Larry Dwyer, director of jazz studies at Notre Dame.[2] Dwyer is a graduate of Notre Dame, a composer, band leader, and former high school band teacher who was named best trombonist twice when he participated in the festival earlier in his career.[3]

Past judgesEdit


  1. ^ "The University of Notre Dame's 58th Annual Collegiate Jazz Festival". Jazz Festivals Worldwide. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  2. ^ Harrell, Jeff (Feb 25, 2016). "First all-female panel to judge this weekend's Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Larry Dwyer, 2008 Concert - Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series". Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Past Judges". SUB. Retrieved 22 December 2016.

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