The Jazz Choir and Combo is an intermediate to advance ensemble featuring singers and instrumentalists.Vocalists harmonize using choral charts given by the teacher as well as encouraged, if they would like, to sing solos using their own improvisation. Instrumentalists make up the band that accompanies the choir. The combo usually consists of piano, guitar, bass, and drums based on the semester. The group welcomes all different instrumentalists to join. The musicians are given charts to read as well as given plenty of opportunity to solo as well.
Repertoire in the past has included The Manhattan Transfer, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Michel Legrand, and much more.
Auditions are held the first class meeting. Vocalists should prepare a song to sing a Capella or with accompaniment, and be able to read a vocal line from a chart. Instrumentalists should be prepared to play a jazz standard showing the ability to solo on the instrument. They will also be asked to read a line from a written chart as well. It doesn’t matter what style of music a student is used to singing or playing, the professor will help teach improvisation in jazz and blues styles to the students during the course of the semester.