Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Studio Music and Jazz (Music)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Rachel Lebon - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Donald Coffman - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Lawrence Lapin - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Dr.Paul Wilson - Committee Member
A comparison and analysis of existing texts whose focus was jazz and contemporary vocal ensemble techniques, in combination with the information gathered from interviews, as well as the author's personal teaching and professional experience as a jazz vocal artist, group singer, and jazz vocal ensemble director, served as the basis for developing strategies for a jazz and contemporary vocal ensemble sound. The major elements found to be the most critical for inclusion in sequence include: commonalities and differences, sound system and vocal production, ballad interpretation, swing interpretation, and contemporary interpretation. It is the author's intention to design an easy-to-follow guideline for the traditional choral director whose desire is to develop a jazz vocal ensemble within the choral program. The strategies presented are intended to introduce basic concepts of vocal production and style that are deemed relevant and idiomatic for the jazz and contemporary vocal ensemble. A compact disc is also included, demonstrating the written examples. A series of interviews were also conducted with Professor Larry Lapin (University of Miami), Dr. Stephen Zegree (Western Michigan University), Kerry Marsh (Sacramento State University), Janis Seigel (Manhattan Transfer), Lauren Kinhan (New York Voices), Michelle Amato (Yanni/Disney/studio singer), and Julia Dollison (Down Beat Jazz Vocal Winner).
Jazz Vocal Ensemble Sound
Lyons, Lisanne Elizabeth, "Strategies for Developing a Jazz and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Sound for the Traditional Chamber Choir" (2009). Open Access Dissertations. 232.