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Vocal Jazz Festival to Feature Renowned Jazz Educator Vijay Singh

The Le Moyne College Jazzuits and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) will host a vocal jazz festival on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Le Moyne College campus. The festival will feature six ensembles from around upstate New York who will have the opportunity to work under renowned vocal jazz educator and clinician Vijay Singh.

Groups attending the festival are Cicero-North Syracuse High School, C. W. Baker High School (Baldwinsville), Homer High School, Solvay High School, Lyons High School, and Rome Free Academy. Each school will have a 45-minute session with Singh and also participate in the evening concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at Le Moyne. The Le Moyne College Jazzuits, under the direction of Carol Jacobe, will also be featured on the concert.

The evening will close with grand finale featuring all groups in the festival performing the Benny Goodman swing tune, “A Smooth One,” arranged by Singh. Teachers and students are welcomed to observe the workshops during the day and attend the evening concert.

Vijay Singh is an active performer, composer, teacher, conductor, and clinician residing in Ellensburg, Wash., where he serves as Professor of Music at Central Washington University (CWU). A graduate of Willamette University (Bachelors and Master in Education in Clarinet & Voice) and Portland State University (Masters in Choral Conducting/Vocal Performance), he has rapidly gained international attention for his eclectic musical compositions, performances, workshops, and conducting appearances.

Singh’s teaching experiences have included work at public secondary schools, community college, and university levels. At CWU, he currently teaches voice, choral arranging, jazz pedagogy, and directs the University Chorale, Vocal Jazz 1, and oversees the vocal jazz program. His student ensembles at CWU have been honored as some of the finest in the nation with invitations to perform at prestigious national conventions including IAJE, MENC, and ACDA. Vocal Jazz 1 performed at the national ACDA conference in Chicago in March 2011, and most recently, at the 2013 national Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Atlanta, Ga. As a composer, Singh writes for all levels in both the classical choral and jazz idioms. His compositions (over 170 currently in print) are widely available from a number of publishers.

The evening performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 315-445-4200.

posted on: 1/2/2014