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, 30 October 2015

Solo Lift: Brittney

Brittney performs her solo lift in the combined rehearsal class.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Vocal Jazz Chorale Day 2015

The season is off to a great start!

This past weekend members of the UVic Vocal Jazz Chorale participated in an intensive rehearsal retreat day. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the Day!

Goals and Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the Retreat Day is to foster engagement and esprit de corps, refinement of fundamentals and performance/presentation skills.

Students develop collaborative performance skills under the guidance of the Director and senior student directors. Student conductors are given the opportunity to test their rehearsal skills.

Many lighthearted moments.
Altos at work!

Taylor with tenors.

Jillian & Margaret

Women's sectional with Margaret


Men's sectional with Nicholas

Chorale Performance Executive

Coordinator & Soprano Leader—Allison
Alto Leader: Allie
Tenor Leader: Ethan
Bass Leader: Zachary