The 2013 NCDA All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble with guest conductor David von Kampen
The students of our state represented themselves so well last week throughout their rehearsals and in their culminating performance with guest conductor David von Kampen. It was such a joy to see them work together toward the making of some truly exciting and meaningful music. Perhaps I am biased because of my own love of Jazz, but seeing the students in Nebraska so embrace this music gives me confidence that Vocal Jazz will continue to grow as an art form not just in our state and region, but nationally as well. I would like extend a hearty “thank you” to all of our students’ directors for their part in helping to prepare our All-Staters for success, as well as their parents for supporting each of them through this process. Please know how grateful we are that you share your children with us for these three days and how much we hope they come away from these experiences with an even deeper love for the music and the relationships that are founded as they work together toward the creation of high-level music!