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University of North Texas Jazz Singers


The University of North Texas Jazz Singers is the premier vocal jazz ensemble within the Division of Jazz Studies in the College of Music.  Under the direction of Jennifer Barnes, the newly appointed Director of Vocal Jazz, Jazz Singers consists of twelve vocalists and a four-piece rhythm section that perform a challenging and varied repertoire of jazz and jazz-influenced music, emphasizing close vocal harmonies, cutting-edge repertoire, and improvisation.   The ensemble has been named the Collegiate Jazz Choir winner numerous times by DownBeat magazine’s Student Music Awards and has performed at state, national, and international music conferences and festivals, including the International Association for Jazz Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association, as well as at numerous colleges and high schools.  The Jazz Singers record annually and have released thirteen CD recordings.

Jennifer Barnes is a highly sought-after jazz vocalist, educator, clinician, and arranger throughout the U.S. and Canada.  She has directed DownBeat [magazine] award-winning Vocal Jazz Ensembles at eight universities, including her current position as Director of Vocal Jazz at the University of North Texas.   She has served as a guest conductor for District and All-State Music Festivals across the U.S., taught jazz vocals at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps since 1998, and her vocal arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications and UNC Jazz Press.   In addition to her teaching activities, Jennifer is an active performing and studio vocalist, including her roles as alto vocalist, composer, and arranger for the vocal ensembles Vertical Voices Live & Sixth Wave as well as singing solo and group vocals for television shows and films including Wall-E, Enchanted, Star Trek, and Glee.  Jennifer has also served for the past three years as the vocal ensemble adjudicator for the DownBeat Annual Student Music Awards.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/19/2011: University of North Texas Jazz Singers

The a cappella group performs with and without piano accompaniment. A dance floor will be installed. Part of Swing, Swing, Swing.

University of North Texas Jazz Singers