Professor, Director of Jazz Studies

Chuck Dotas is a Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at James Madison University, where he directs the JMU Jazz Ensemble and is also Coordinator for the JMU Office of International Programs' Summer Study Abroad jazz residency "The Arts and Culture of Montreal."  Professor Dotas holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Northern Colorado.  Previously, Dr. Dotas was on the Jazz Studies faculty at McGill University, and also taught in the Wisconsin public schools for six years.  He was a Composer-in-Residence for the Staunton Music Festival from 2005-2015, and is active as a commissioned composer and clinician at universities and jazz festivals throughout the United States. Dotas’ music has been featured on CDs by university and professional ensembles in Canada and the United States, and has been performed in Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, and South Africa. His music is published through UNC Jazz Press, Walrus Music, and ejazzlines.

Ensemble Directors

Stephen Bolstad

Stephen P. Bolstad
Professor, Director of Bands
Ensemble Area Coordinator
bolstasp@jmu.edu
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Scott Rikkers

Scott Rikkers
Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Assistant Director of Bands
rikkersd@jmu.edu
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Amy Birdsong

Amy Birdsong
Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Pep Band
birdsoae@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@jmu.edu
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Associate Professor, Music and Human Services Minor Coordinator
stringda@jmu.edu
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Foster Beyers

Foster Beyers
Assistant Professor
Director of Orchestras
beyersfj@jmu.edu
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Don Rierson

Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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Jazz Professors and Instructors

Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@jmu.edu
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Sam Suggs

Sam Suggs, Bass
Assistant Professor

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