University Singers voted ‘Judges' Choice’ at North Texas Jazz Festival

The University Singers of Southern Nazarene University (SNU) were recently recognized by some of the nation’s top musicians at the fifth annual North Texas Jazz Festival.

The 2005 North Texas Jazz Festival was attended by the best big bands, combos, and jazz vocal groups from the nation’s leading schools and universities. The groups convened in Addison, TX, April 1-3, to perform for distinguished judges and attend clinics with notable artists. In addition to the daytime performances by school ensembles, the jazz festival included workshop sessions, continuous presentations from Hal Miller's collection of rare jazz films and videos, evening concerts by professional musicians, and a special Sunday breakfast featuring the Adjudicators Showcase and University of North Texas (UNT) Faculty Jazz Combo.

After being selected to perform for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA) in January, the SNU University Singers received a special invitation to the collegiate portion of the North Texas Jazz Festival on Friday, April 1, 2005.

The University Singers were critiqued by Paris Rutherford (University of North Texas), Michele Wier (UCLA), and Kerry Marsh (California State University). Judges chose the top three groups to perform in a public concert that evening alongside the famous UNT Jazz Singers and One O’clock Lab Band. Among those selected to perform were the SNU University Singers, who represented one of the smallest universities at the festival. The University Singers opened the concert and received an enthusiastic response from the audience.

“This was a significant step for the School of Music at SNU,” said Associate Professor of Music and University Singers conductor Philip Miller. “Major universities from all across the United States attended this concert and got to see our group shine on stage. The judges were very complimentary of our performance and were excited to see vocal jazz excelling at SNU. I hope this is just the beginning of many great things to come.”

For further information about the University Singers, contact the SNU School of Music at 405.491.6343, email pmiller@snu.edu, or log onto www.snu.edu/music.