The UVic Vocal Jazz 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 Vocal Summit (2012) and the Frank Demiero Jazz Fest (2016), the Ensemble is well known for its fun-filled, audience engaging concerts. The Autumn and Spring Vocal Jazz Showcase concerts feature the signature studio groups UVJAZZ RED and UVJAZZ BLUE, the UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA JAZZ CHORALE, and various spotlight combos. UVJAZZ RED has opened for the internationally acclaimed vocal group Groove for Thought, Canadian sensation Countermeasure, and has received high praise from vocal jazz legends Kirby Shaw and Dave Barduhn and master educators Vijay Singh, Peter Taylor and Janet Warren.

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!

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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

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