TROY - Troy University's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, will present its final concert of the year on April 28, at 7 p.m. in the John M. Long Hall Choir Room.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature past favorites and new selections unheard by the public.
Dr. Diane Orlofsky, director of the ensemble, said the concert provides an opportunity for those familiar with the program to say farewell to many talented musicians.
"It has been a wonderful musical ride with these students, many of whom have dedicated themselves to this group for over three years," Orlofsky said. "While we are excited about the future direction and potential of incoming members for next year, the April 28th performance will be a time to pause and celebrate the milestones that the current group members have travelled together. We have had numerous opportunities to recruit for Troy University; most notably, when we were chosen, by blind audition, to present a main-stage performance at the Alabama Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in January. We were the first vocal jazz ensemble to be chosen for this honor. The performance was another step toward state and regional recognition."
frequency has received strong university support since its creation in 2009, and the members have had the privilege of working closely with nationally known vocal jazz artists since the beginning. In 2010-2011, members of frequency had an opportunity to work with Greg Jasperse, composer, arranger, recording artist and professor of vocal jazz at Western Michigan University, in a series of short-term residencies. This experience culminated in the release of their CD, Fields of Gold (2011, Ilium Records).
frequency has also worked with Christine Guter, director of vocal jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State, Long Beach, in 2012, and Kerry Marsh, composer, arranger and director of vocal jazz ensembles for University of Northern Colorado, and Julia Dollison, applied jazz voice at the University of Northern Colorado, in 2013, as well as with the ensemble "Vertical Voices" at the Jazz Educators Network conference in Atlanta in 2013. Marsh and Dollison returned to Troy University in March for the inaugural Vocal Jazz Invitational.
frequency is open by audition to students of all majors - more than half of the current membership have majors in other fields.
"frequency truly represents a cross-section of the talented student population that we have at Troy University. I hope the house will be packed in support of this fine ensemble," Orlofsky said.
frequency members are: