Troy University vocal jazz ensemble debuts

Posted: Monday, 30 March 2009

TROY – Troy University’s newest vocal ensemble will perform its inaugural concert at the Cultural Arts Studio in downtown Troy at 7:30 p.m. April 7.

“frequency,” the 12-member select vocal jazz group, will perform a wide range of vocal jazz, from the classic Manhattan Transfer sounds of “Java Jive” to the contemporary European jazz styles of groups such as “The Real Group” and “Rajaton.” In addition, jazz arrangements of songs by “The Beatles” and Sting are included, according to Dr. Diane Orlofsky, a professor of music and the group’s director.

Members of the ensemble include:

  • Laura Aaron, a vocal/choral music graduate student from Bay Minette,
  • JQ Archer, a junior broadcast journalism major from Alabaster,
  • John Baumer, a junior bachelor of music education in vocal/choral music major from Altha, FL,
  • Noel Davis, a sophomore bachelor of music education vocal/choral music major from Eufaula,
  • Zee Hall, a senior music industry major from Dallas, GA,
  • Jack Gillis, a post secondary education/music industry graduate student from Fairfax, VA,
  • Rachel Gillis, a senior art major from Enterprise,
  • Clay Paramore, a sophomore bachelor of music education in vocal/choral music major from Ozark,
  • Scott Sexton, a senior bachelor of music education in vocal/choral music major from Troy,
  • Adrian Smith, a senior bachelor of music education in vocal/choral music major from Montgomery,
  • Bryant Stokes, a junior theatre major from Troy; and
  • Sarah Swedenburg, a senior bachelor of music education in vocal/choral music major from Montgomery.

Orlofsky said the performance includes featured solos by the students.

The concert is free and open to the public, and is featured as part of an evening that includes the opening of “Olympics, Etc.,” a new exhibit centered on the 16 days of the Beijing Olympic Games at The Johnson Center for the Arts.

The Studio is located adjacent to The Johnson Center at 301 East Walnut Street.

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Troy University’s 12-member jazz vocal ensemble “frequency” will debut at 7:30 p.m. April 7 at the Cultural Arts Studio in downtown Troy in connection with the opening of “Olympics, Etc.,” an exhibit on the 16 days of the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China. (TROY photo)