HYBRID ENSEMBLE (formerly “Jazz Singers”) is an ensemble comprised of 8-16 SATB singers and rhythm section. Although a good deal of the literature focuses on vocal jazz works, the ensemble also explores a variety of literature from early music to experimental music, from newly composed works to world music. This ensemble encourages students to be exposed to a wide variety of works from all eras and genres of music, and assists in building skills in various styles of improvisation while exploring and experiencing the deep connections between disparate musical genres. The performance bar is high and requires individual commitment and dedication from each member. The ensemble presents one concert each term. The group has performed and done workshops with notable artists such as: New York Voices, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany, Jane Monheit, Luciana Souza, Michele Weir, Steve March Tormé, and Todd Buffa.  In February 2010, the ensemble was privileged to perform with guest artist, Bobby McFerrin, in the US premiere of Fred Sturm’s Migrations.

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