THE UVIC VOCAL JAZZ MAINSTREAM & IMPROVISATIONAL ENSEMBLE has established a reputation for artistic excellence, stylistic flexibility and performances of original and inspiring arrangements. In addition to highly successful performances at the Powell River Vocal Summit and the Frank Demiero Jazz Fest, UVJMIE was the choral ensemble for The Best of Queen concert series with JEANS 'N CLASSICS and the VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under Maestro Giuseppe Pietraroia. The Ensemble is well known for its fun-filled, filled-to-capacity audience engaging concerts. Our Autumn and Spring Vocal Jazz Showcases feature the Signature Studio Ensemble and various Spotlight Combos including Ellavation, and the UVic Vocal Jazz Stage Orchestra. The Ensemble has opened for the internationally acclaimed vocal groups GROOVE FOR THOUGHT and THE REAL GROUP, Canadian sensation COUNTERMEASURE, and has received high praise from legends Kirby Shaw and Dave Barduhn, and from master educators Vijay Singh, Peter Taylor and Janet Warren. Among our many distinguished alumni are MIKE EDEL and TWIN KENNEDY.

Signature Ensembles

Signature Ensembles

Wednesday 27 March 2024

End of 2023/2024 Season Remarks


Thank you, singers - one and all - for your dedication and artistry! A special note of thanks to our excellent Executive Team for their counsel, guidance to peers, and shining example of skill and professionalism.

We acknowledge our graduates - TJ, Brendan, Fionalee, Carter and Bella. May good things come your way!

Stay tuned for additional information for next year's recruitment and concert season.

- Wendell

Saturday 20 January 2024

Vocal Jazz Night at Felicita's 2024

Our annual Jazz Night fundraiser at the campus pub was a complete success. A variety of combos performed to an enthusiastic full house on January 15th.

A special note of thanks goes out to Sadie, our Ensemble Manager, who coordinated singers and instrumentalists.

Thursday 7 December 2023

Winter Choral Concert 2023


Saturday, December 2 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


UVic Chorus, Giuseppe Pietraroia, Conductor
UVic Chamber Singers, Adam Jonathan Con, Conductor
UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Wendell Clanton, Conductor
UVic Vocal Ensemble, Benjamin Butterfield and Kinza Tyrrell, directors

Dr. Mark McDonald, organ

Choirs from the University of Victoria present their popular seasonal winter concert at Christ Church Cathedral — a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Experience the harmonious sound of 150+ voices resonating in the cathedral’s beautiful acoustics in songs including Ave Maria, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, Could You Believe, Winter Weather, the winter lullaby All is Quiet, Deck the Hall and more. Arrive early to get a seat!