Tavlin Fellowship


John and Laurie Tavlin
John and Laurie Tavlin

The Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is pleased to be able to offer the NEBRASKA DIAMOND/JOHN & LAURIE TAVLIN GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN JAZZ TRUMPET (Tavlin Fellowship). 

The Tavlin Fellow will enroll as a Master of Music (MM) or Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) student in the UNL Jazz Studies Program with a concentration in jazz trumpet performance. Further, candidates for this award must demonstrate existing exceptional ability as a jazz improvisation trumpet player and/or as a jazz big band lead trumpet player.

The benefits of this fellowship include:

  • A graduate teaching assistantship appointment in the Glenn Korff School of Music, including a $9,393 stipend annually (the figure for 2017-2018), health benefits, and graduate tuition (resident or nonresident) for up to 12 credits a semester;
  • A Tavlin Fellowship stipend of an additional $6,000 annually;
  • DMA students also are eligible to be considered for a Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellowship of an additional $4,500 annually.

The Glenn Korff School of Music is one of the few institutions in the United States to offer both the master’s degree and doctoral degree in Jazz Studies. The prevailing philosophy of the program is that all jazz musicians both perform and compose. Thus, all graduate Jazz Studies students engage in, and study, both composition and performance.

Our Jazz Studies faculty is internationally recognized and heavily engaged from China to France, Brazil to Switzerland. Graduate students in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts (academic home of the Glenn Korff School of Music) are eligible to apply for grants to fund summer study (domestic or international), travel subvention to present/perform at professional conferences and related venues, and create new work (creativity grants). 

For more information, and especially to find out if there is a vacancy in the Tavlin Fellowship for the upcoming academic year, contact Ms. Janet Sievert at music2@unl.edu or call 402-472-6830.

For more information about graduate degrees in Jazz Studies, please email Dr. Paul Haar, Director of Jazz Studies in the Glenn Korff School of Music, at phaar2@unl.edu.

To begin the application process, please visit our website at http://arts.unl.edu/music/graduate-application-guide/graduate-application-process.

To reach Dr. Darryl White, Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies, email him at dwhite2@unl.edu