Keala Kaumeheiwa, coach


CMS Jazz Combos may be taken for credit: 21M.445



Three Jazz Combos are formed under the auspices of the
MIT Chamber Music Society. They include approximately
20 students ranging from intermediate to advanced levels.

Jazz Combos study and perform traditional and contemporary
small group jazz literature and improvisation, with opportunities for students to compose/arrange for the ensembles. Combos rehearse once weekly with renowned Boston jazz bassist, Keala Kaumeheiwa, and are also expected to meet independently. The combos perform one concert per semester. CMS Jazz Combos are coordinated and overseen by Dr. Fred Harris.


AUDITIONS Spring 2024

Dr. Frederick Harris, Music Director, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Jazz Performance Coordinator, and Emerson/Harris Jazz Advisor, (

NOTE: Auditions for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, CMS Jazz Combos, and the Emerson/Harris Jazz Program are all combined into one audition. Your interests in any or all of these opportunities are covered by ONE jazz audition.

If you are interested in auditioning for the MIT CMS Jazz Combos for Spring 2024, please contact Fred Harris ( to set up an individual audition. The audition may happen anytime between January 8 and February 2. It is also possible to audition after February 2 but it is highly recommended to audition prior to the start of classes.

If you have any questions about auditions/MIT CMS Jazz Combos in general, contact Dr. Fred Harris ( you need access to an instrument, fill out the Instrument Request Form, then contact Jacob Means (

Note: students who register for an audition and need access to the MTA 4-260 practice room suite during the week leading up to auditions, may request access by emailing Percussionists will be given access to the Kresge Percussion Studio, and can also request access by emailing