HOA presents UNT Jazz Concert October 10, 2017

The UNT Jazz Singers

The UNT Jazz Singers

The HOA is offering the Robson Ranch residents a concert by the UNT Music Department.

The UNT Jazz Singers is the premier vocal jazz ensemble within the Division of Jazz Studies in the College of Music. Under the direction of Jennifer Barnes, Jazz Singers consists of 12 vocalists and a four-piece rhythm section that perform a challenging and varied repertoire of jazz and jazz-influenced music emphasizing close vocal harmonies, cutting-edge repertoire and improvisation. The ensemble was the winner of the DownBeat magazine award for a collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble in 2016 as well as Outstanding Performance awards in 2015, 2013, 2012 and many years prior under the direction of the program’s founder, Paris Rutherford.

The UNT Jazz Singers has performed at state, national and international music conferences and festivals, including those for the Jazz Education Network, International Association for Jazz Education, the American Choral Directors Association and the Texas Music Educators Association. They have performed by special invitation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as part of the “Sing, Sing, Sing” event featuring Jon Hendricks and The Manhattan Transfer. Jazz Singers is part of the comprehensive Jazz Studies major at UNT, which comprises a global student population of approximately 30 students who pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs.

Jennifer Barnes is the Director of Vocal Jazz at UNT in addition to being a highly sought-after vocalist, educator, clinician and arranger throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has directed award-wining vocal jazz ensembles at eight universities, won a 2016 “Jazz Education Achievement Award” from DownBeat magazine, has served as a guest conductor for District and All-State Music Festivals in 16 states. Her vocal arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications and UNC Jazz Press. In addition to her teaching activities, Jennifer is an active performing and studio vocalist, including her roles as alto vocalist, composer and arranger for the professional vocal ensemble Vertical Voices, as well as singing solo and group vocals for television shows, video games and films World of Warcraft, Wall-E, Enchanted, Ice Age (2, 3 and 4) and Glee. Ms. Barnes is a member of several organizations. She earned the Master of Music degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Miami (FL) and the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Western Michigan University.

UNT Jazz performance groups “Jazz Singers” and “Third Street” will present vocal standards and light jazz on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Clubhouse Ballroom. Video clips can be viewed on www.YouTube.com by entering “UNT Jazz Singers” in the search bar. Tickets are $5 and available Monday through Friday 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. starting September 5, 2017 at the Activities Director’s desk. The deadline to pick up your $5 tickets will be Monday, October 9.