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About the Institute

The Brubeck Institute was established by the University of the Pacific in 2000 to honor its distinguished alumni, Dave and Iola Brubeck. The mission of the Institute is to build on Dave Brubeck's legacy and his lifelong dedication to music, creativity, education, and the advancement of important social issues including civil rights, environmental concerns, international relations, and social justice.

The Institute achieves its objectives through its five core programs:

The Brubeck Collection is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections from a contemporary musician, consists of Dave and Iola Brubeck's correspondence, legal and business documents, musical recordings, music manuscripts, photographs, printed programs, memorabilia, and other important archival material.

The Brubeck Festival is an annual event that celebrates and explores the musical, intellectual, and philosophical ideas of Dave Brubeck, as well as his influence on the world of music and ideas.

The Brubeck Fellowship Program is a one or three-year full-scholarship program in jazz performance for five musicians who have just graduated from high school. These are the Brubeck Fellows and they comprise the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ).

The Summer Jazz Colony is a one-week, full-scholarship, intensive educational program in jazz performance for a very limited number of exceptionally talented students who have just completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior years in high school.

The Brubeck Outreach Program is designed to encourage the performance, study and understanding of jazz in its many forms, explore contemporary concert music, enlighten and broaden the general knowledge and appreciation of music, and promote the understanding of the work and influence of Dave Brubeck.

The Executive Director from 2001 to 2005 was J.B. Dyas who was responsible for creating the educational components of the Institute, including the Brubeck Fellowship Program and the Summer Jazz Colony. Steve Anderson, also a former Dean of the Conservatory of Music, was the Executive Director of the Institute from 2005 to 2011. The first artistic director of the Brubeck Institute was Christian McBride. In that role he set both the educational and artistic standards for the Institute, and especially for the Fellowship Program.