jamie begian - resume



Manhattan School of Music
1989-1991 New York, NY
MM - Jazz Commercial Performance

Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford
1983 - 1986 Hartford, CT
BM - Jazz Guitar


Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT. September 1991 - Present
Adjunct Professor 1991 - 2005
Assistant Professor 2005 - Present

Current duties as Coordinator of Jazz Studies include classroom instruction in Jazz Theory, Sight Singing/Ear Training to all freshman music majors, conducting the 17-piece Jazz Orchestra,  conducting Frankensax, conducting the jazz Guitar Ensemble, coaching Jazz Combos and teaching Applied Jazz Guitar.  Past duties have included class instruction in Jazz History, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Improvisation and Director of Jazz Lab Band.

New York University
New York, NY. January 2001 - May 2005
Adjunct Professor. Teach private guitar lessons to non-music majors.


The Jamie Begian Big Band
1998 - Present
Leader, Composer and Arranger for 17-piece Jazz Orchestra.
The Jamie Begian Big Band was featured prominently at the 2003 IAJE Conference in Toronto.  The band also performs frequently at such notable NYC venues as The Bahai Center's Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium, The Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room and has completed 2 separate 4-month residencies at El Taller LatinoAmericano. The band was also a headline performer at SUNY Orange in October 2003 and the Western Connecticut State University Jazz Festival in April 2001.

The Jamie Begian Trio
1995 - 2005
Leader, Guitarist and Composer for Guitar, Bass and Drum Trio.
The trio performed regularly at Merchants Restaurant and was also been heard many times at K'AH'VEH'AZ, Internet Cafe and other venues in Manhattan

WCSU Faculty/Alumni Quartet
2005 - Present
The quartet began hosting a weekly jam session at City Ale House in Danbury, CT and has since performed every semester at the WCSU Midtown Coffee House as well as a weekly performance at Chef's Table - Groovy's Cafe in Fairfield, CT


Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT.  March 2004
Received Distinguished Adjunct Appreciation Award.
The School Of Professional Studies bestowed the award in recognition of outstanding teaching as recognized by full-time Music Department faculty.

The Royal Conservatoire
The Hague, Netherlands.  December 2003
Performances of "Fuzzy Math" and "Oops!"
Music performed as part of a two-week festival honoring composer Steven Reich and featuring other minimalist-oriented music in Jazz.

BMI Jazz Composers Workshop
New York, NY. JULY 2001
Named Composer of the Year for composition "Fuzzy Math."
Received "Charlie Parker Award" and a  commission for a new work which was premiered at their 2002 annual concert.

New York, NY. 2002 - present
New works submitted on an annual basis for review by awards committee
These awards are given to deserving members of ASCAP whose work falls outside the realm of popular/commercial music


BMI Jazz Composers Workshop
New York, NY. 1993 - 2002
Former Participant
New works premiered at the annual concert in 1996 ("Trance"), '97 ("Passion Shuffle"), '99 ("Sorry Officer"), 2000("Oops!" - nominated for the Charlie Parker Award), 2001("Fuzzy Math" - winner of the Charlie Parker Award) and 2002 ("Suddenly Summer Falls" - Charlie Parker Commission). The workshop is under the musical direction of Jim McNeely and Mike Abene.

Bob Brookmeyer
Grantham, NH 1998 and 1999
Private lessons in composition.
These lessons were funded by faculty development grants from Western Connecticut State University.

Sal Salvador
Stamford, CT. 1992 - 1995
Private Guitar lessons


British sports car enthusiast
Owner of a 1967 Triumph TR4A with a frame-up restoration done from 1987 - 1988.

Ultimate Frisbee
" Commissioner" of year-round Ultimate Frisbee league in Central Park
from 2002 - 2006