DCINY Vocal Jazz Festival with Phil Mattson

DCINY Vocal Jazz Festival with Phil Mattson
Sunday, Apr 8, 2012
7:00 PM
Town Hall
Phil Mattson, Guest Conductor
Vocal Jazz with Phil Mattson
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Michele Weir, Guest Artist
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble (AZ)
Badinage (KS)
Kingsburg High School Jazz Choir (CA)
Maria Carrillo High School Jazz Choir
Solano Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble "Jazz On The Vox"
SHE4! & Sparta Vocal Jazz
Valley Christian School "Room 107"

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble (AZ)

Marc Denton
Marcus Denton
The Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a 16-member mixed ensemble, representing the cream of Chandler-Gilbert Community College's well-respected vocal major program. CGCC Vocal Jazz Ensembles have performed at various festivals and concerts throughout the state of Arizona, and have earned a statewide reputation in recent years as one of Arizona's best collegiate vocal jazz groups. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of styles of vocal jazz, including swing-era, modern, classical jazz, latin and blues.
Marcus Denton, a native of Arizona, is the chair of the Music Department at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. For 35 years, he has been a sought-after vocal teacher and performer in the state of Arizona. He is also an accomplished pianist and keyboard player. He has adjudicated and been a clinician for numerous regional and state high school festivals (choral and jazz), as well as music theater competitions and workshops. Additionally, he has musically directed over 100 music theater productions in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and has himself appeared in numerous operatic and oratorio roles with opera companies and symphonies in Arizona, the U.S.A. and abroad. Early in his career, his specialty was early music.

Badinage (KS)

Neal Allsup
Neal Allsup
Badinage is one of two vocal jazz ensembles at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas. This ensemble accepts up to eight vocalists through audition and is accompanied by an instrumental jazz combo. All members of Badinage must also be enrolled in the Chamber Choir at Hutchinson Community College. The repertoire performed by the group includes a variety of jazz styles: Standards, Swing, Latin, Ballads, and Bebop. Badinage has performed at the Carnegie Hall, Disney World, KMEA Conventions, and at major vocal jazz festivals around the nation, including the Carnegie Hall Vocal Jazz Festival, the UNT Jazz Festival, and the UNC Jazz Festival.
Neal E. Allsup is currently in his 22nd year as the Director of Choral Activities at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he directs the Chamber Choir and two Vocal Jazz Ensembles. Mr. Allsup teaches courses in conducting, music history, music appreciation, private voice and is a faculty mentor in the Honors Program. Professor Allsup has been named an Outstanding College Level Teacher by the Kansas Music Educators Association in 2000. He has conducted HCC choral and vocal jazz ensembles in five performances at Carnegie Hall and seven performances at the Kansas Music Educators Convention.

Kingsburg High School Jazz Choir (CA)

Richard Mynderup
Richard Mynderup
The Kingsburg High School Jazz Choir is a 12 member auditioned ensemble that keeps a very busy performance schedule each school year. Consistently receiving high ratings and comments, the jazz choir has established a reputation for quality. They have performed at The Columbia Vocal Jazz Festival and the Reno Jazz Festival consistently year after year. The jazz choir made their New York debut on the stage at Carnegie Hall with the 7th Annual Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz Festival in 2004. The members of this year's group are thrilled to be able to share their music with you tonight.
Richard Mynderup is in his thirteenth year as director of the Kingsburg High School choral program and the drama program, and serves as department chair for the Performing Arts Department. He currently conducts four choirs. He is also the music director for all KHS Theater Company shows. He received his B.A. in music education from Fresno State University. He also has over 20 years experience orchestrating Broadway and other musical soundtracks for amateur, community, and high school theaters throughout California. Richard currently resides in Reedley, California with his wife Leslie, son Jonathan and four cats.

Maria Carrillo High School Jazz Choir

Gail Bowers
Gail Bowers

The Maria Carrillo High School Jazz Choir is from Santa Rosa, California, which is in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country. This group is made up of 11 students from grades 10 - 12. They are chosen by audition and rehearse every morning from 7:00 - 8:00 AM. They are a highly dedicated group of students that are known for clean a cappella harmonies, beautiful blend and warm tone color. This group of young singers travels throughout the state of California to different performances, festivals and competitions. They have been invited twice by the City of Santa Rosa to perform at their sister city's Fire Festival in Jeju, South Korea. In 2003 they performed at Carnegie Hall by invitation of Phil Mattson and are honored to be with Mr. Mattson again in 2012.

Gail Bowers is a native of North Dakota where she received her training in music education at Minot State University. In 2006 she received her MA in Education. She is a member of the California Music Educators Association as well as the American Choral Directors Association. She was voted by her MCHS peers to be the Educator of the Year in 2004 and 2011. In 2006, the Bay Area CMEA chose her as the Bay Area Choral Educator of the Year. And just recently, Gail was chosen as Music Director of the Year by the NCBCDA (Northern California Band & Choral Directors Assocation). Gail, now in her 23nd year of teaching loves vocal jazz.

Solano Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble "Jazz On The Vox"

Kristy Juliano
Kristy Juliano

Jazz on the Vox is Solano Community College's vocal jazz ensemble which meets one-night-a-week during the semester. This "class" has been taught/directed by Kristy Juliano for the last four years. Although there is often much matriculation in college courses, the singers of this ensemble, many of whom are alumni of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School's award-winning Project Jazz and Jazz Tech ensembles who are now working adults in our community, are driven to continue expressing their passion for music through the genre of vocal jazz. This ensemble represents only a small version of the full ensemble now enrolled in the class. We hope we represent Solano Community College and our fellow musicians well.

Kristy Juliano has taught at various educational institutions, the most current of which are 4 years at Solano Community College (present), and 12 years at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School. At SCC Kristy carries a full load of voice and choral classes including Beginning-Advanced Voice, Jazz & Pop Voice, Collegiate Chorale (a combination of Choir/Chorus open to all students), Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Choir (an audition-only choir for advanced choral musicians), ATP Voice (the vocal element of the Actors Training Program) in addition to teaching Music Fundamentals. Aside from music, her most special interests are her family, home, cooking, yoga, gardening, walking/hiking, time with good friends and enjoying the beauty of the Earth.

SHE4! & Sparta Vocal Jazz

Janette Hanson
Janette K. Hanson

SHE4! is one of six choral groups at Sparta High School, a rural 9-12 high school in western Wisconsin with approximately 700 students. Their name comes from their gender, as well as an acronym for "Sixth Hour Ensemble". Since its inception in 2006, SHE4! has performed twice at the Phil Mattson Carnegie Hall Vocal Jazz Festival, and was one of seven choral groups selected to perform at the WCDA State Convention. One of the SHE4! singers was selected for the 18-voice North Central ACDA Vocal Jazz Honor Choir in 2010 with the Real Group, under the direction of Phil Mattson and Steve Zegree.

Sparta Vocal Jazz is one of six choral groups at Sparta High School in Wisconsin. The ensemble travels to 5-6 vocal jazz festivals each year. Students have enjoyed working with leading performers and educators including Phil Mattson, Darmon Meader, and Steve Zegree. Students have been awarded scholarships to attend vocal jazz camps at SWCC, Western Michigan, and UW-LaCrosse. Students from Sparta Vocal Jazz have been chosen to perform in the Wisconsin All-State Vocal Jazz ensemble each year since its inception. This marks the fifth appearance of Sparta Vocal Jazz in New York City with the Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz Festival.

Janette K. Hanson is in her 23rd year teaching music at Sparta High School. Her ensembles consist of Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Mixed Chorus, Show Choir, Madrigal, Vocal Jazz, and SHE. Her vocal jazz ensembles tour regularly each spring, participating in 5-6 festivals and clinics throughout the Midwest. Janette has performed in clinics and concerts with vocal jazz educators Phil Mattson, Steve Zegree, Darmon Meader, Vijay Singh, Kirby Shaw, Greg Jasperse, Paris Rutherford, and others.

Her solo singers have participated in honor choirs and ensembles such as WMEA; ACDA state, regional, and national choirs; Kids from Wisconsin; Dorian; and Singing in Wisconsin. Soloists have earned honors at NATS, Classical Singer Competition, Dorian, jazz festivals, and summer camps.

Valley Christian School "Room 107"

Michelle Hawkins
Michelle Hawkins
Room 107 is the vocal jazz ensemble from Valley Christian Conservatory of the Arts in San Jose, California. They have performed at various festivals across California, including the Cuesta College Jazz Festival, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival and the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival. They consistently receive superior ratings and rave reviews from judges and clinicians. In addition to their festival performances, Room 107 performs regularly for Conservatory events and for the greater Bay Area community. Room 107 earned the Outstanding High School Performance Award from Downbeat Magazine in 2010. In January 2012, they won the Festival Sweepstakes Award at the Folsom Jazz Festival.
Michelle Hawkins is an award-winning director and performer from the San Francisco Bay Area, and she currently directs the vocal jazz program at West Valley College. The West Valley Jazz Singers were named "Best Vocal Jazz Group" by Downbeat Magazine in 2011. They also earned 1st place at the Reno Jazz Festival and 3rd place at the Monterey Next Generation Festival. Ms. Hawkins directed the group "Vocal Flight" from De Anza College, and they were awarded 1st place at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2009. Last Fall, Ms. Hawkins began directing "Room 107" from Valley Christian High School. In January 2012, they won the Festival Sweepstakes award at the Folsom Jazz Festival.