One huge thank you goes out to all the Nebraska Vocal Jazzers for helping make this year’s NCDA Vocal Jazz Festival a success. We had 13 groups perform from 8am to 4pm, with two breakout sessions by Fred Ritter on “Fearless Scatting,” group-setting solo coachings with Joel Schreuder, Kara Baxter, Boyd Bacon and myself, to help the students prepare for All-State auditions, Circle Singing with the entire student body (200+ kids), a rhythm section session by Sandy Schaefer of Chadron State College, a guided listening session by Tim Buchholz, our amazing visiting guest clinician from the University of Wisconsin Marathon County, a round table discussion for all of the directors, and a Parade of Choirs to close out the day.
Next up: NCDA All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble – July 13-15. Audition deadline is this Monday, March 24. Questions/Concerns? Email me! We want a killer crop of kids for guest director Christine Guter of California State University, Long Beach.
Here ends my musings.