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UT Vocalstra to host auditions Sept. 5 for ensemble

Do you like to sing jazz? Are looking for a unique ensemble to join this semester? If so, audition for The University of Toledo’s Vocalstra.

Vocalstra is a vocal jazz ensemble founded by legendary singer Jon Hendricks. The group provides singers with the opportunity to learn and perform jazz standards, blues, vocalese (a genre of jazz singing in which words are set to instrumental recordings), and other contemporary genres.

Dr. Ellie Martin directs Vocalstra during a rehearsal last fall.

The ensemble is composed of a variety of people ranging from first-year undergraduate students to seasoned professionals from the local music community.

The ensemble is looking for new, passionate and committed members whether they’re experienced jazz singers or just starting out.

This class will help singers develop skills in microphone technique and improvisation.

Auditions will be held in 10-minute increments in the Center for Performing Arts Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Singers auditioning are expected to prepare a song of their choice, preferably in the jazz style if possible.

To sign up for auditions, click here.

For questions regarding auditions, contact Dr. Ellie Martin, instructor in the UT Music Department and director of Vocalstra, at lee.martin@utoledo.edu.

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