The UO's program in jazz studies encourages students to compete in prestigious competitions. In the past fifteen years, UO students have won solo awards sponsored by the Reno Jazz Festival and Downbeat magazine dozens of times.
Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Since 2000, the Oregon Jazz Ensemble has been named “Outstanding College Big Band” for eight of the ten years the ensemble has attended the prestigious Reno Jazz Festival...more so than any other college ensemble.
- 2013, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 Outstanding College Jazz Ensemble, Reno International Jazz Festival
- 2008 Downbeat Magazine Award "College Outstanding Performance"
- 2005 International Association of Jazz Educator's Convention, Long Beach, CA
- 2003, 1997 Northwest Music Educator's National Conference, Portland, OR
- 2009, 2008, 2002, 1998 Oregon Music Educator's Association Conference, Eugene, OR
- 2002 Western International Band Conference, Seattle, WA