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 group GROOVE FOR THOUGHT, 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, TWIN KENNEDY and FOX GLOVE.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Auditions 2019

To all who participated in the 2019 Auditions - thank you! Thank you for your outstanding contributions. And - thank you to the Audition Team for your hard work! Ours was an enjoyable and challenging task to select from all the excellent performances those voices who comprise the two studio groups for this year.

Monday, 8 April 2019

UVIC Vocal Jazz "Best of Queen" with Jeans 'n Classics and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra

UVic Vocal Jazz with Jeans 'n Classics' Michael Shotton and Jennifer Martin

A heartfelt thanks and congratulations to members of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble who, at a very, very busy time of year, and in the wake of having performed an outstanding Spring Showcase, dedicated time and talent to a series of three inspired (sold out!) performances with Jeans ‘n Classics and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Joey Pietraroia.

The Ensemble is grateful to Mr. Bill Linwood who contracted the Ensemble for this exciting event.

Monday Magazine review by Don Descoteau:

After intermission 20 singers of University of Victoria’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble joined the group on stage. The addition of the young singers proved a perfect way to handle the complex vocal arrangements in Queen music.

The collective group led off what Shotton called the “anthemic” second half of the show with “We Will Rock You”/”We Are the Champions,” getting full participation from the enthusiastic audience in the stomping and clapping department.

The chorus shone in “Flash” and “I Want it All,” giving a real sense of vocal power to the proceedings, to which the charismatic Shotton appeared supremely impressed.

After performing the beautiful Brian May-penned ballad “Who Wants to Live Forever” and Mercury’s rousing “Don’t Stop Me Now,” the group launched into the highly anticipated finale, their thrilling six-minute rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” that again strongly featured the vocal chorus.

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Thank you Michael Shotton, Stephanie Martin and all the Jeans 'n Classics performers for your inspiration, graciousness and love of life!


UVic Vocal Jazz Best of Queen Ensemble

Allie Bertholm - Coordinator
Connie Goetz - Pitch Coach
Lindsey Bellman
Evan Chorney
Chris Clarke
Liam Nelson
Robert Chamberland
Clay Dowdell
Carter Doyle
Matisse Edgar Yoshihara
Skye Eriksen
Ken Kosowick
Maddie Meech
Benedict Mendes
John Siewert
Patrick Schjelderup
Laura Smith
Jo Spry
Ross Sutherland
Addie Vasant
James Waddell

Wendell Clanton - Director

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