Announcing NEW Jazz Voice Degrees at UNC

Beginning Fall 2015, The University of Northern Colorado School of Music will offer Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Jazz Studies with a concentration in voice!  

Vocal students who have an interest in studying jazz at the undergraduate or graduate level should now know that UNC, home of one of the top collegiate jazz studies programs in the world for decades, is now available to them as a great option. 

UNC Vocal Jazz Faculty:

Julia Dollison - Applied Jazz Voice Instructor, Vocal Jazz Solo Workshop Coach

Kerry Marsh - Director of Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Instructor of Jazz Arranging, Music Business, Jazz Methods and Materials, and Class Jazz Piano

Amy Murphy - Managing Producer of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, Director of beginning and intermediate vocal jazz ensembles, Co-Director of the UNC Jazz Camp

About the Program:

The UNC Jazz Studies program features four vocal jazz ensembles directed by Kerry Marsh and Amy Murphy. Vocal Jazz majors will study applied jazz voice with Julia Dollison, focusing on idiomatic jazz technique, style, improvisation, solo repertoire and arranging.

UNC Jazz Studies has a long history and a reputation for excellence, having earned well over 100 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards, with UNC jazz graduates currently performing, writing and teaching prominently and successfully worldwide. Most recently, UNC Jazz Lab Band 1, under the direction of Dana Landry, has won four DownBeat SMAs in the past five years!  The program currently boasts approximately 40 undergraduate and 20 graduate instrumental jazz studies majors with which our new jazz voice majors will collaborate and share inspiring learning experiences.

Sign up for an evaluation/audition prep session with Julia on her lessons page scheduler today!

2014 JEN conference + Vertical Voices album release!

Our NEW Vertical Voices album "Fourward" is now available at CD Baby and on iTunes!

We had the best imaginable time at this year's The Jazz Education Network conference, whose 5th annual event showcased an abundance of high-quality performances from students and professionals alike, some truly insightful clinics, and some of the most meaningful connections and reconnections made to date. 

Speaking of dates, Kerry Marsh and I celebrated the 9th anniversary of our first date, where we met and fell in love at the 2005 IAJE conference! So this was a particularly special weekend for us both. What a joy it was to be surrounded by so many inspired, loving and supportive friends, colleagues, mentors and former students who have followed and influenced our journey together in so many powerful ways. Still feeling your warm collective embrace.

I'm inclined to tag ALL of this year's outstanding JEN participants, but I think my husband covered that pretty well in his recent post! So instead, I'd like to add one special thank you to Kirt Shearer, who mixed and mastered our new Vertical Voices "Fourward" album, and who also just happened to be in attendance and volunteered to help mix our live main stage concert performance from the house. It definitely made up for the few occurrences when things got so loud and exciting up there on stage (in a good way) toward the end that we could hardly hear ourselves! Knowing that you were out there taking care of us from a distance was as reassuring as it gets. We're forever grateful to you and all our dear Folsom friends and family. 

Lastly, thank you to our extraordinary vocal partners Jennifer Barnes and Greg Jasperse who helped create and share in what felt like some miraculous music-making, along with our UNC Jazz Faculty band with Jennifer's husband Steve Barnes on drums, who stepped in on short notice, ate/slept/breathed our set for days on end and gave new life to our two premier pieces. You helped remind us that it's possible to live in three separate states and still make it happen!

What a gift this year's JEN has been to us. Until next time... 


Dear Friends, Fans and Family:

After eight wonderfully fruitful years spent teaching together at Sacramento State University, we've relocated this summer and are new residents of Greeley, Colorado, where Kerry will be directing the top vocal jazz ensembles and teaching jazz classes at the University of Northern Colorado this fall! 

We are now officially up and running again out of our new home recording studio, and while Kerry takes UNC by storm, I'll also be teaching jazz voice as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Denver. Metro State will be launching its brand new Bachelor of Music in Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance Concentration degree program this fall.

Aside from relocating to begin our new teaching jobs here, Kerry and I spent a good part of this summer mixing and mastering our new forthcoming Vertical Voices album, along with our dear friends, alto Jennifer Barnes and bass Greg Jasperse. Our debut CD as a vocal quartet will be released in January 2014, coinciding with our headlining performance at the JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference in Dallas, TX on Saturday, January 11 at 8 pm. We are very excited at the opportunity to perform music from our new album in front of such a highly respected, prime time audience!!

After having sung with the UNC jazz faculty rhythm section for our recent "accidental" opening performance for Take 6 at the Greeley Jazz Festival last spring, Dana Landry (piano), Erik Applegate (bass), Steve Kovalcheck (guitar) and Jim White (drums) have generously agreed to accompany us again at our JEN 2014 performance this January. We are very excited be able to call these incredible musicians and educators our friendly new neighbors, along with the very talented and capable faculty and staff members. WHAT A WELCOME IT'S BEEN!!

Many, many thanks to our excellent musical communities in both Sacramento and Greeley for your support in our transition into this brand new chapter in our lives.

More updates to follow as new and exciting things begin to unfold.. Stay tuned!!