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Cyrus Pace

Cyrus Pace, Instructor - Jazz

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Cyrus Pace, Instructor - Jazz

School of Performing Arts
242-H or 242-T Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Cyrus Pace teaches jazz courses and the jazz ensemble, Jazz Combo.

He is also Executive Director of Jefferson Center in Roanoke, where he brings his unique vision to non-profit management.

  • Jazz Music
  • Research/ Production: Jazz Combo
  • Teaching Areas: Jazz Improvisation
  • MM, Manhattan School of Music
  • BA, Roanoke College
  • Executive Director of the Jefferson Center
  • Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Roanoke City Public School system

Won VH1 Save the Music grant for 18 elementary schools, bringing $200,000 worth of instruments into the hands of children.

What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic process? 

When the sound system works.  

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?  

The residual character development that almost always comes from watching someone dedicate themselves to something they believe in.  

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?


Name a play, film, or recording that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others. Share why you made this selection.

Everyone should own Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country Music. It's the best American songs sung by the most soulful American singer.