The College of Idaho Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a select award-winning group of singers and instrumentalists. Directed by Dr. Marianne Saunders, the group is in high demand for performances on campus and off. The group specializes in classic jazz favorites, much in the style of Manhattan Transfer, capitalizing on the expertise of the student soloists. Each singer uses their own microphone and the rhythm section is comprised of piano, upright acoustic bass, drumset, and guitar. This group has traveled with the C of I Choral Department to Ireland, England, Canada, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City.
Awards and Distinctions
The C of I Vocal Jazz Ensemble was invited to perform at the 6th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City, April 1, 2002. C of I student Kristen Peters was selected to sing a solo with the festival conductor to close the show. The group was invited to reappear in April 2004, and was able to perform at the 8th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall where the group received a standing ovation. Two Cof I students, Corrina Watson and Kristyn Price, were chosen to sing solos on selections directed by the festival conductor, Phil Mattsen.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an upbeat, high-energy group, which is a joy to hear, and a delight to experience.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble would like to perform for your community event, business lunch/dinner or reception, etc.