Jazz ensemble brings in season with holiday concert
Mixing holiday favorites with popular classics, the USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble is scheduled to kick off the holiday season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the Alumni Chapel at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Led by Dr. Ken Bohannon, associate professor of music and coordinator for the USAO music department, the USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a mixed vocal group with rhythm section accompaniment.
The group is selected by audition and is open to the general student population.
The ensemble will perform jazz renditions of Christmas favorites like “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain” among others. The show will be rounded out with lush vocal arrangements of popular classics like John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and a medley of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.
“We have an incredible group this year and we’re very excited to share with the public the fruits of our hard work this semester,” Bohannon said.
The members of the ensemble are: Adam Bryant, a senior music major from Oklahoma City; Kierra Dean, a freshman music major from Moore; Jerrod Frizzell, a junior music major from Lindsay; Tyler Heilaman, a freshman music major from Duncan; Callison Vaughan, a junior drama major from Lawton; Kelsey Warren, a sophomore English major from Tecumseh and Alicia Working, a freshman drama major from Mustang.
Rhenada Finch, adjunct instructor of music, will accompany the group on piano.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is one of five music groups associated with the USAO Music Department, including the Concert Choir, Concert Wind Ensemble, Showband and the Key Players of USAO. In addition to offering bachelors of arts degrees in music and music education, the music department serves the vital function of offering courses that fulfill artistic expression requirements for USAO's unique Interdisciplinary Studies core.
USAO’s music degrees are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, an organization of which the university has been a member since 1956.
Interested parties are invited to call 574-1293 for more information.