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, 9 December 2014

UVIC Choirs at Christ Church Cathedral Concert Dec. 5, 2014

UVic massed choirs/2014/Vocal Jazz (stage right)

Congratulations to all on the fine performance at CCC! Well done! Many emails have been received lauding the Ensemble's performance and the energy you brought to the entire concert.

Recordings, thanks to Richard, can be heard at:

Have a listen and we'll discuss in the New Year!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Post-Showcase 2014 November: Congratulations!

WC2014/Click on image to enlarge.

Thank you, one and all, for an excellent show on Sunday!

To all singers—well done! Your enthusiasm and commitment to the music is inspiring. The comments pouring in are highly appreciative of your combined effort and your individual talent.

Special thanks to our featured guest artists: Andy Slade, Nick Allen and Matt MacLean.

Thanks to Kim and Noel, students of Kirk McNally, for their technical support.

Last, but certainly not least, to our warm and welcoming audience—thank you for supporting the Ensemble!

Onwards and upwards! Next show: December 5th, Christ Church Cathedral, 8pm.


WC2014: LtoR—front row: Margaret, Sophie, Natasha, Allison & Micha.
2nd row: Taylor, Kenji, Emma, Andrea, Brittney, Addie, Taliya, Rachele, Liam, Cody & Kim.
Back row: Noel, Joey, Aaron, Jacob, William, Nicholas, James, Michael, Austin, Jilane & Thomas.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Concert Rehearsal: Shades of Blue, Nov. 23rd, Sunday 8pm

A few pics of the rehearsal last Monday.
The big day approaches!

Sunday, November 23rd
PTY Recital Hall
UVic School of Music.
Admission by donation. 

Come early - seating is limited for this super popular event!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

2014 Retreat | Crofton, BC

Ensemble members enjoyed a successful weekend fully immersed in rehearsal of the compositions for our November 23rd Concert Shades of Blue.

Small ensemble rehearsals, led by various combo captains, were held in the main hall and balcony tent. Saturday rehearsals culminated in an afternoon preview concert held at the outdoor amphitheatre.

Though Saturday was dedicated to rehearsals, singers were provided time to enjoy the verdant landscape, beach, trails and outdoor activities of the camp situated on a hillside facing Saltspring Island. The basketball court, trampolines, friendly deer, and of course the merry-go-round, provided much interest.

Saturday concluded with a bonfire and marshmallow roast, an evening saturated for several hours with constant song and good humour.

Many thanks go out to our hosts at Camp Qwanoes—Avner, Colleen and Erin—who welcomed us and kept us well fed. Many thanks, also, to the drivers who provided transportation—Joey, William, Aaron, and especially Matt!

Click on images to enlarge.

I Need Your Love  |  Post Performance Pose

Men of Song

Emma G. & Rachele

Happy Feet 2014

Advantage William

Margaret Making A Friend

Cool Talk with Taliya & Cody

Lullaby of Birdland with Kenji: Up & At 'Em

Lullaby of Birdland with Kenji: Down to Details

Images by W. Clanton

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Sunday, 14 September 2014

UVJAZZ 2014 Ensemble

2014 Audition Team

Congratulations to all who have been accepted into the Ensemble!

Thank you to all who auditioned! You all navigated some tricky excerpts with much success.

A very special 'thank you' to the Audition Team. This year's Team was comprised of mostly sophomore members. Well done Team:
Margaret, Micha, Natasha, Kenji, Sophie, Taylor and Nick.

2014 Audition Team w/ UVJAZZ alumnus Josh (2nd from right)

Our new Ensemble Manager is Natasha. She has already begun to prove herself in terms of her dedication to task, her prompt and thorough organization, her keen eye for detail and creative input and enthusiasm. Thank you Natasha for taking the helm!

As soon as we acquire personal pics of the new members, they will be posted on the blog.

I'm looking forward to an exciting year of great performances.

—Wendell, Director.

Part of the Team with "Thunder", the UVic Mascot

Friday, 22 August 2014

Course Outline Revision

Check out the revised course outline at the Course Outline Page located in the left column of the blog!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Mike Edel | The Closer

UVJAZ alumnus Mike Edel is on the road and making great music!

Check out his latest at iTunes and Soundcloud.

Click HERE to visit more of Mike's songs.

July 3rd – Oakland, CA - Oakland A's vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Facebook Event
July 11th – Los Angeles, CA - Dodgers Game vs. San Diego - Facebook Event
July 12th – Mission Veijo, CA - Mariners Church - 6:30pm
July 15th – Boyle Heights, CA - The Blue House Concert - Facebook Event
July 26th – Victoria, BC – Beacon Hill Park - Free Show 1:30pm
July 27th – Victoria, BC – Harbour Cats Baseball Game - Facebook Event

And this video too!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014



Click on the 2014 Audition Material Page

Check back for updates.

***Course Outline and Singer Information Sheet coming soon!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Fox Glove • Claire Butterfield, Renn Bibeau & Chelsea Kanstrup

Fox Glove EP Release with Noah Edwards
March 8th, doors at 7:30, show at 8
Fairfield United Church
$10, kids under 12 are free
Tickets can be purchased at the door or from band members

Fox Glove is an amalgamation of three very different female voices which come together to create a fresh, sophisticated sound. Renn Madeleine Bibeau, Claire Butterfield, and Chelsea Kanstrup's haunting yet enchanting harmonies whisper everything from Tennessee to Tottenham to Tofino. With the help of a suitcase filled with instruments they've accumulated on their separate journeys through life, this trio brings you a collection of folky originals, as well as their own unique twist on a selection of songs that you may or may not already know. 

If you would like a taste, here is the pre-release from the EP

P.S. Renn, Claire and Chelsea are three of our finest UVJAZZ alumnae!
Congratulations on the release and forthcoming gig!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

2014 Valentiners Around Town

It was a modest year for the number of Singing Valentines delivered, but the emotions of our clients and the enthusiasm of our singers were no less high on this year's jour de l'amour than in previous years.

A few pics of the Day's events.

Caught off-guard.

Singing Barbershop in... a barbershop!

During a rest stop—Tyler, hands raised, at the end of a perfect rainbow.
Sorry, no crock o' gold was found.