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Vocal Jazz Ensemble Auditions


First of all, let me say thank you to ALL who auditioned! We heard some terrific singing, and are excited about the music that will be made by each of these ensembles! Avenue C will have their first rehearsal on Wednesday, January 17; Jazz Singers, Third Street and West End will have their first rehearsal, Thursday, January 18. See room assignments below; please be on time, vocally warmed up, bring pencils, and be ready to sing!

UNT Jazz Singers – M, 12 - 12:50 p.m. (Rm. 262), Tu/Th, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. (Lab East), F, 1 – 1:50 p.m. (Kenton Hall)
Avenue C - M/W/F from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. (Lab East)
Third Street – M from 5 – 5:50 p.m. (Rm. 288), Tu/Th from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. (Lab East)
West End – T/Th from 7:00 – 7:50 p.m. (Rm. 262), F from 1 to 1:50 p.m. (Lab East)

Congratulations to the following members of all vocal jazz ensembles (names listed from high voice part to low within each group)

UNT JAZZ SINGERS (Directed by Jennifer Barnes):
Abbi Berry
Madison Russell
Marion Powers
Callandra Youngleson
Kara Walton
Stephanie Hansen
Lizzi Trumbore
Vaughn Faison
Wes Dziedzic
Ryan Espinosa
Ken Ballard
Andrew Patrick
Jack White

AVENUE C (Directed by Anna Jalkéus):
Kayla DePretto
Erika Morgan
Ariel Ditta
Sena Moon
Hanna Song
Karina Harenberg
Sara Finkle
Nash Turbeville
Ryan Deignan
Will Lunny
Josh Rudes
Trenton Barnes
Timothy Cranford

THIRD STREET (Directed by Marion Powers):
Sierra Harmon
Paris Varnier
Bridgette Pineau
Grace Han
Abbey Kotelly
Selena Jang
Gabi Date
Grant Carrington
Corbin Bullard
Alex Hodge
Nick Hopson
Andrew Creekbaum
Will Martin
Kent Rousseau

WEST END (Directed by Vaughn Faison; Assistant Director, Callandra Youngleson):
Zoe Holtzman
Claire Majerus
Sam Sugrue
Baylee Van Ryswyk
Kiam Jamrog-McQuaid
Carlos Portales
Max Rohde
Bobby Gotsch
Michael Baylock
Andrew Trimble

Required dates during the spring semester for each ensemble (with more possibly to be added):
Tuesday, March 6, 9 p.m. – midnight: Jazz Singers & Third Street performing as well as vocal soloists leading combos (The Syndicate)
Tuesday, March 20, 9 p.m. – midnight: Avenue C & West End performing as well as vocal soloists leading combos (The Syndicate)
Friday, March 23, 11:30 – 1 p.m.: Jazz Singers Lunchtime Set at The Syndicate
Friday, March 30, 11:30 – 1 p.m.: Third Street Lunchtime Set at The Syndicate
Thursday, April 5, 7 – 10 p.m.: Jazz Singers Dress Rehearsal with Guest Artist Johnaye Kendrick
Friday, April 6, 11:30 – 1 p.m.: Avenue C Lunchtime Set at The Syndicate
Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7: Jazz Singers Spring Concerts
Monday, April 9, 8 p.m.: Avenue C Spring Concert (Kenton Hall)
Friday, April 13, 11:30 – 1 p.m.: West End Lunchtime Set at The Syndicate
Sunday, April 15, 5 p.m.: Third Street & West End Spring Concert (Kenton Hall)
Monday, April 23, 5 – 10 p.m.: Jazz Singers Recording Session #1
Sunday, April 29, 12 – 4 p.m.: All vocal jazz ensembles perform at Denton Arts & Jazz Festival (besides those involved in Grand Chorus, who will be excused to do the Meyerson performance instead)
Friday, May 11, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Jazz Singers Recording Session #2
Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Jazz Singers Recording Session #3