Award-winning jazz musicians to conduct workshop for TROY students

Posted: Tuesday, 17 September 2013

TROY — Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will host a pair of internationally recognized jazz musicians and educators in October who will conduct a workshop for students in TROY's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency.

Renowned vocal jazz composer and arranger Kerry Marsh and vocalist Julia Dollison will visit the Troy Campus Oct. 20-22 and conduct a two-and-a-half day workshop for members of frequency. The workshop is sponsored by the Jazz Education Network, the Herb Alpert Foundation and the Troy University Office of Sponsored Programs.

Marsh is a composer and arranger specializing in contemporary music for vocal jazz ensembles. In high demand as a commissioned arranger for many of the nation's top educational vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles, Marsh has a large and varied catalog of music performed regularly around the world. He publishes more than 160 compositions and arrangements at KerryMarsh.com, and also has published arrangements through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications.

Marsh is a member of the jazz studies faculty at The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he directs Northern Colorado Voices and Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1 and teaches other courses in the music department.

Dollison, Marsh's wife and musical collaborator, is an award-winning vocalist who can be heard as the soprano soloist in the Academy Award-winning "Vera Drake" film trailer (Fine Line Cinema 2004) and in film scores from "The Stepford Wives" (DreamWorks 2004) and "The Corpse Bride" (Warner Brothers Pictures 2005). She has also recorded commercials for Disney, Fox, Coca Cola, Pier One Imports, Go Girl Energy Drinks and Mattress Discounters, and has pre-recorded vocal tracks for the Florida Orange Bowl's "New Year's Event" halftime shows and parades, the 9/11 First Anniversary Memorial Service and The Rockettes' Radio City Music Hall "Christmas Spectacular" in New York.

Dollison is a faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver, teaching applied jazz voice and overseeing the vocal jazz major component.

Frequency is no stranger to the work of Marsh and Dollison. The group performed several Marsh arrangements during the 2012-2013 performance season and got to meet and work briefly with both artists during the Jazz Educators Network conference earlier this year.

Additional information about the workshop, the vocal jazz ensemble, the Choral Department or the John M. Long School of Music is available at http://music.troy.edu/vocalchoral or by calling (334)-670-3322.

About frequency:

frequency is an auditioned vocal jazz ensemble devoted to contemporary a cappella and small combo accompanied advanced vocal jazz. Founded in 2009, the ensemble provides a quality performing experience for TROY students of all majors utilizing an excellent repertoire from a wide variety of challenging and cutting edge jazz styles.

Current members of the ensemble include:

  • Kevin Bozeman, a sophomore from Huntsville
  • Becky Bush, an adjunct faculty member from Troy
  • David Caddell, a junior from Greenville
  • Wendy Cho, a senior from Luverne/Seoul, South Korea
  • Carlton Copeland, a senior from Hartford
  • Blake Eubanks, a senior from Ashford
  • Amy Griffin, a graduate student from Dothan
  • Joshua Harrison, a senior from Prattville
  • Quentin Helms, a sophomore from Slocomb
  • Ashley Horton, a senior from New Brockton
  • Cody Irwin, a senior from Dothan
  • Meagan King Johnson, a graduate student from Ariton.
  • Hannah Moore, a junior from Niceville, Fla.
  • Andrew Patzig, a junior from Ft. Walton, Fla.
  • Jordan Ratliff, a senior from Oneonta
  • Melanie Sims, a senior from Troy
  • Alyson Stroh, a junior from Montgomery
  • Stephanie Washburn, a senior from Alexander City

Vocal jazz composer and arranger Kerry Marsh and vocalist Julia Dollison in the studio together. The pair will visit the Troy University Oct. 20-22 and conduct a two-and-a-half day workshop for members of frequency, the University's vocal jazz ensemble. (Contributed Photo)