The sounds of jazz will fill Moore Musical Arts Center Aug. 4-9, when professional and amateur singers will gather for a special “camp” with New York Voices, a Grammy Award-winning jazz vocal quartet.
Highlighting the week will be an 8 p.m. concert Aug. 8 in Bryan Recital Hall. The public concert will include selections from New York Voices’ most recent album, “A Day Like This,” and the group’s 21-year career, while also drawing from Brazilian, rhythm and blues, classical and pop music. Tickets will be $15 (cash only) at the door and may be reserved by emailing email@example.com.
The camp will also feature the individual members of New York Voices—Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian—as solo artists in free concerts Aug. 4-7. BGSU singers and camp faculty and participants will join the featured soloists for those performances, which are also open to the public at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall.
The camp is fully enrolled. “Our campers include high school students, college students, professional singers and educators—both high school and university levels, some with 30 years of teaching,” said Chris Buzzelli, director of BGSU jazz activities.
Coming from a dozen states and six countries, including South Africa and Japan, the campers will all sing in ensembles directed by camp faculty, and may audition to open for the New York Voices Aug. 8.
Camp sessions will cover everything from the history of jazz and music theory to classes in songwriting, with Eldridge and Kinhan; jazz arranging, with Meader, and voice technique, with Nazarian, a past artist-in-residence at Bowling Green. “BGSU is a place where the atmosphere of opportunity and creativity is a given,” the soprano said. “It felt like a natural step to bring our camp to this campus.”
BGSU faculty teaching at the camp include Buzzelli, a well-known guitarist, arranger and director of the BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble; Jeff Halsey, bass, and Dr. Roger Schupp, percussion.