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Professor Jeff Hellmer, Director of Jazz Studies, brings a wealth of experience as an educator and performer to the UT jazz program. He maintains an extremely active performing and teaching profile, appearing frequently on the central Texas scene as well as throughout the United States at venues ranging from the Litchfield Jazz Festival to the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Twice named a finalist in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he has performed, taught and adjudicated jazz throughout the United States as well as in Russia and Taiwan. His recording, Peak Moments, was declared an "exciting addition to the modern jazz piano catalog" by the All Music Guide. He has been a soloist and guest conductor with the Dallas Wind Symphony six times, and has recorded with classical saxophonists Dan Goble and Harvey Pittel.
Under his direction, the UT Jazz Orchestra performed at the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, won a 2005 Down Beat Student Recording Award, and appeared with jazz master Kenny Garrett. In 2009, Professor Hellmer was named to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, one of the highest awards given for teaching at the university. His current and former jazz piano students have garnered impressive recognition for their creativity and individuality. He is co-author of the textbook Jazz Theory and Practice, published by Alfred, and his compositions for jazz ensemble are available through UNC Press and Concept Music.
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