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 Ensembles - the University of Victoria Studio Group, the University of Victoria Show Choir - and various Spotlight Combos including Ellavation Chorale, 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 the superb FIFTH STREET, MIKE EDEL and TWIN KENNEDY.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Post-Valentines Day 2013

Wow! A great day.

Thank you to our Singing Valentines coordinators - Olivia and Claire (website,  organization and promotion) and Renn and team (cards) - for a job well done!

Thank you to those strolling minstrels who, on their own initiative, wandered around the campus to bring our services to the attention of their peers. Their activity resulted in a number of Valentines being delivered on campus.

And to all singers who gave time and talent to the project by working around midterms, classes, rehearsals and such - thank you for your vital contributions!

Thank you to the drivers who provided necessary transportation for the teams.

I've heard reports of video being posted and emails of appreciation from clients. We'll archive those messages and add the stories to those from previous years.

The hard work and talent of singers of yesteryear and today is bearing much fruit. Artistry and enthusiasm have made UVic Vocal Jazz a thriving component of the University of Victoria School of Music, the UVic community and the local music scene.

W. Clanton