TROY's John M. Long School of Music to host two-day vocal jazz workshop March 18-19

Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2015

TROY - Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will welcome internationally renowned vocal jazz composer and arranger, Kerry Marsh, and acclaimed vocal jazz performer, Julia Dollison, to the Troy Campus for a two-day workshop, March 18-19.

The workshop, which is supported by a grant from the Herb Albert Foundation, the Jazz Education Network, the Office of Sponsored Programs and the John M. Long School of Music, will benefit TROY's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, and area high school singers.

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 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. Previously, he served as the director of vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State, during which his ensembles and individual students earned 13 Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards and were twice invited to perform at conference of the International Association for Jazz Education.

Along with his wife and musical collaborator Julia Dollison, Marsh released his highly ambitious debut album, "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider," in March 2010 through ArtistShare. Endorsed by the Grammy-winning composer herself and funded largely through fan contributions, the album features Schneider's music as written for her jazz orchestra, but with the horn parts entirely sung, and the rhythm section consisting of Frank Kimbrough, Ben Monder, Jay Anderson and Clarence Penn, all current members of The Maria Schneider Orchestra.

Dollison and Marsh perform regularly with the vocal quartet Vertical Voices LIVE, with Greg Jasperse and Jennifer Barnes. Vertical Voices LIVE performs the music of Schneider as well as Pat Metheny, Nando Lauria and more, including original compositions by the group.

Since winning the DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best Collegiate Jazz Vocal Soloist in 2000, Dollison has been heard at such New York clubs as Tavern on the Green, Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm and Cornelia Street Cafe.

A classically trained soprano, Dollison has performed as a guest soloist under the direction of symphony conductors Michael Tilson Thomas with the New World Symphony as the featured soloist in Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Erich Kunzel with the Naples Philharmonic's Duke Ellington/Hoagy Carmichael Centennial Concert Series.

An experienced studio singer, Dollison 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 the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches applied jazz voice and oversees the vocal jazz major component. She has also served as an assistant director for the DownBeat award-winning vocal jazz ensembles at American River College and Folsom High School. Dollison was previously an adjunct faculty member at the New School University in New York and at the University of Miami, where she earned her B.M. and M.M. degrees in studio music and jazz vocal performance, teaching with a full assistantship while earning her graduate degree.

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