Concordia jazz bands often feature world-renowned guest artists such as Phil Woods, Dave Weckle, and Peter Erskin. Great local jazz artists also frequently make appearances.

The Concordia College Jazz Ensemble I

In addition to five major concerts a year, Jazz Ensemble I performs on Concordia’s annual Day of Percussion with some of the country’s most sought-after players.

While most of the concerts happen on campus, the final concert is at a downtown Fargo jazz club.

Jazz Ensemble I is conducted by Russell Peterson.

The Concordia College Jazz Ensemble II

With four major concerts a year, Jazz Ensemble II also regularly performs at regional conventions and educational events at local schools.

Jazz Ensemble II is conducted by Dr. Erika Izaguirre.

Concordia Vocal Jazz I & II

Concordia’s Vocal Jazz Ensembles are part of the Vocal Jazz Student Organization and provide a multitude of opportunities for students of any major interested in the world of jazz — from singing in the ensembles or playing in the rhythm section to working as a sound technician.

Vocal Jazz I & II perform two on-campus concerts each year and perform with Kantorei in February and as a part of Chamber Voices in April, as well as various off-campus gigs in collaboration with Jazz I throughout the year. In addition, Vocal Jazz hosts the annual Concordia Vocal Jazz Festival, which will feature Grammy-nominated säje as Festival Clinicians in February 2023.

Concordia Vocal Jazz I has been selected to perform at the ACDA-MN State Conference in November 2022. Vocal Jazz I is directed by Wyatt Steinke and Vocal Jazz II is directed by Vocal Jazz Student Director Kathryn Gubrud.

Jazz Day

Jazz Day at Concordia features Jazz I & II, renowned guest clinicians, and high school jazz bands from across the region.


Russell M. Peterson

Associate Professor, Saxophone and Bassoon Music

Wyatt Steinke

Manager for Choral Activities Music