Jazz Voice Studies at the University of North Texas

For information on Jazz Voice Auditions for admission to a degree program, see the Jazz Voice Auditions page.

Find UNT Vocal Jazz on social media:
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YouTube: UNT Jazz Singers Channel

Degrees: Jazz Vocal Performance is a degree path at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral (DMA) levels. Within the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, students are involved in private applied lessons, small ensemble performing and recording experiences, recitals, vocal jazz forum, and vocal jazz ensembles.

Program of Study
In both the Bachelor and Master of Music Jazz Studies degrees, singers study and experience both the traditions and modern practices of vocal jazz performance (in both solo and ensemble settings), songwriting, vocal pedagogy, jazz aural and keyboard skills, jazz theory and arranging, as well as courses in jazz history. In addition to jazz courses and ensembles, undergraduates must satisfy College of Music and University Core requirements.

Participation in one of the four vocal jazz ensembles (UNT Jazz Singers, Avenue C, Third Street and West End) is open to any UNT student (regardless of major), on the basis of live auditions, held at the beginning of each semester. For more information visit the Vocal Jazz Ensemble audition page. Vocal jazz majors are expected to participate in a vocal jazz ensemble every semester.

UNT Jazz Singers performing in NYC at Symphony Space, April 2019

Applied Lessons
• Undergraduate vocal jazz students study jazz voice with one of the outstanding Graduate Teaching Fellows or Vocal Jazz Adjunct faculty member Marion Powers during their first four semesters of applied study. Following a successful Upper Division Examination (UDE), students study with one of the senior faculty (Jennifer Barnes, Rosana Eckert or Adjunct Instructor Marion Powers). The senior recital occurs in the 8th semester.
• Graduate students pursuing the Master of Music in Jazz Studies have four semesters of vocal jazz applied study. The graduate recital occurs in the fourth semester.

For a listing and description of courses offered in vocal jazz and related subjects, see the Jazz Studies courses page.

Vocal Jazz Forum
Vocal Jazz Forum takes place each Friday afternoon at 3 PM in Lab West (Room 282) in the fall and spring semesters, featuring two or three students with instrumental accompaniment sharing the 70-minute performance, as well as specialized topics of interest. All vocal jazz majors are expected to be in attendance.

Vocal Jazz Recitals
The senior recital occurs in the last semester of study, and is shared by two student performers. The senior recital may be given only in Fall or Spring semester.
The graduate recital is given by one vocalist with a band (they choose and rehearse on their own), and occurs in the last semester of study. Before being approved to present a graduate recital the singer must pass the Graduate Improvisation Proficiency Exam (GIPE).

For Further Information:
Contact Jennifer Barnes (email) and Rosana Eckert (email) for information regarding vocal jazz at UNT.
• For vocal jazz ensemble information, click here.
• For UNT Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop (held each June at UNT) information, click here.
• For UNT Vocal Jazz Educator Seminar (held each June at UNT) information, click here.
• For Jennifer Barnes' bio and contact information, click here.