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.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Auditions 2015

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble has successfully eased into its new curriculum, a curriculum developed over the past 5 years and implemented this year to accommodate, once again, all interested singers who want to register in Vocal Jazz as a large ensemble for credit.

The Wednesday Meet & Greet drew a crowd of some 78 interested singers from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Ensemble is open to students and participants from the wider local community.

An able audition team comprised of select senior members under the guidance of the Director conducted placement auditions for both a large group (up to 50 voices) and a smaller touring group of 16 voices that together constitute the UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Auditions resulted in all singers who auditioned being accepted. The larger UVic Jazz Chorale numbers 35 voices and the UVJAZZ ensemble is, as mentioned, comprised of 16 voices (4 x SATB).

A special note of thanks to the Audition Team—Taylor, Micha, Natasha, Cody, Sophie, Kenji, Margaret and Nicholas—for their conscientious work and important contribution to the success of the Ensemble! Many thanks, also, to the other members of the executive who provided guidance to both the Audition Team and incoming singers!

Congratulations to all singers for their efforts and skill!

Onward and upward toward the first concert in November!

Audition Panel

Candidates in Audition

Wednesday Score Reading and Organizational Meeting
Some members of the JAZZ CHORALE.

Wednesday Score Reading and Organizational Meet
Some members of UVJAZZ.

Making Recruitment Banners

Recruitment Team - bringing the invitation to students.

Recruitment Team Sining at the Welcome BBQ