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.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Year Ender

Dear Teammates,

Thank you, one and all, for a year of fun music making! The group reached new heights. The level of artistry was outstanding.

Thank you for two exciting concerts and a very fun morning of music with the Arbutus Global Middle School vocal jazz ensemble under the able direction of Jen Smith.

By the looks of things, a few people will be moving on to new pastures, and many will be returning. We held preliminary auditions and we were graced with excellent voices ready to participate in the group once we complete auditions in September. I am in the process of compiling a short list that will be compared to the auditions in September that will be conducted by our excellent team of peer panelists.

To those leaving—best wishes for your success and happiness! Keep in touch!

To those returning—I look forward to a new year of fun-filled music. I'll be sending out an email to all returning singers in mid August to confirm positions in the group, just so we know how many positions to fill.

Huge thanks are due to our rhythm section—Rob (dr), Brendan (bass), Sky (dr) and Jordan (gtr), and especially Gabe and Stephanie, our rehearsal pianists!—your support and indispensable participation is so very much appreciated.

To our technicians under the able guidance of Kirk McNally—thank you for all that you do! We cannot do what we do without you.

To the composers of the music we perform—cheers! We couldn't do what we do without the great charts given to us by the composers.

Thank you to the UVic Print Services for the excellent work on posters and handbills!

A very special thanks to Olivia and Claire for contributions above and beyond the call of duty—website development, organization, scheduling, Singing Valentine's fundraiser. Olivia was the Ensemble Manager this year. We are grateful for her thoughtful contributions and excellent ability to prompt everyone to excellence.

Lastly, thank you to our audiences—friends, relatives, colleagues, strangers from far and near—we do it for you because no performance is complete without the audience.


P.S.—If anyone has pics from the Spring Showcase, please forward to me at your earliest convenience. WC.

Camerata Lacunensis • "O Pato"

A fun chart presented by Camerata Lacunensis.

Another presentation by the same group in a more intimate setting:

Check out the Diego Jasca Trio:

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


6pm to 6:30
Room B016
UVic School of Music
Audition material
will be made available.
There will be a brief rehearsal
of the audition excerpts.

Click on the Audition Page on the Tab Bar
for Audition material and directions.

5:30 to 6:30
and 7pm to 8pm

If you cannot make the audition times posted above, meet with the Director at the Meet & Greet to determine whether or not an alternate audition time can be arranged.