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Morgan Ames

Morgan Ames is a unique presence in the Los Angeles music scene.

Try this for diversity: she apprenticed with Quincy Jones for three years. She recently sang pre-records for the 2010 Oscar Telecast and for Queen Latifah during the pre-game of the 2010 Super Bowl ("America the Beautiful"). Before that, in the same vein, with Celine Dion ("God Bless America") for the 9/11 telethon, and LeeAnn Rimes for the 2002 Olympics Opening Ceremony. She conducted singers on stage for Paul McCartney at a Green Peace concert at the Hollywood Bowl ("Hey Jude").

Or try this: she has written songs with Johnny Mandel, Bob James, Dori Caymmi, Tom Scott, Dan Hartman, more (see ORIGINAL SONGS). She co-wrote Baretta's Theme ("Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow") with Dave Grusin, now a popular ringtone. Her songs have been recorded by Diane Schuur, Shirley Horn, Roberta Flack, Barbara Mandrell, Bob James, Phyllis Hyman, Eric Gale, Peggy Lee, Djavan, etc., not to mention sampling. She has performed with Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, John Williams and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Johnny Mathis, more.


Anders Edenroth

Started playing piano and singing in choirs at an early age. From age ten to twenty he studied at Adolf Fredrik's School of Music in Stockholm that has a strong focus on choir singing. After that he continued his studies at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm for five years where he and his fellow-students formed an a-cappella quintet - The Real Group. The last two years, the studies were performed together with the other Real Group members on a specially designed post graduate course resulting in a diploma of the highest degree.

Anders Edenroth has written many original songs for The Real Group and arrangements of well known standards. He has been awarded grants from The Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs and Swedish Performing Rights Society STIM several times.


Roger Emerson

With over 900 titles in print and 30 million copies in circulation, Roger Emerson is the most widely performed composer/arranger of popular choral music in the world today. His works include the choral arrangements of Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up, Seasons of Love, from RENT, Defying Gravity from WICKED, Joyful, Joyful from SISTER ACT, Don't Stop Believin' from GLEE, as well as best selling choral arrangements, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, O Sifuni Mungu, and Riversong. Mr. Emerson has been the recipient of ASCAP's Standard Award for 20 years running and his works have been performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In addition to his work as a composer/arranger, he has appeared at numerous MENC and ACDA conferences throughout the United States and Canada and is on the teaching staff of College of the Siskiyous in Northern California where he conducts the vocal jazz program and teaches guitar.


Greg Jasperse

Greg Jasperse is a world-renowned composer and arranger based in Los Angeles, California. He is sought after internationally as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor. His conducting credits include all-state jazz choirs in New York, California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, New Hampshire, Illinois, and Iowa, as well as the British Columbia Honors Jazz Choir.

His voice can be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, including Oz, The Great and Powerful, The Campaign, Star Trek and Star Trek 2, National Treasure 2, Salt, The Last Airbender, and Real Steel, as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Monarchy of Roses and The 2nd Law, the new release from the hit band Muse. He also recently arranged, produced, and music-directed "A Gallagher Family Christmas" for William H. Macy and the cast of the Showtime Network's Shameless.


Johnny Mann

Johnny Mann was best known for the forty-two albums he arranged and conducted for his Johnny Mann Singers resulting in five Grammy Award nominations and two Grammy Awards.

Along with being musical director of the original "Alvin and The Chipmunks" TV series, he sang the voice of "Theodore". He has worked over the years with George Gobel, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Steve Allen, and was Danny Kaye's conductor on a twelve week tour. With limitless energy and enthusiasm, Mann sincerely espouses the positive and good of America through his entertainment. He was invited to perform at The White House twice during President Nixon's administration to entertain Imelda Marcos and first-time Russian visitor to the U.S., Leonid Breschnev, General Secretary of The U.S.S.R.


Kerry Marsh

Kerry 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 has a large and varied catalog of music performed regularly around the world. Kerry has published arrangements through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications.

Along with his wife and musical collaborator Julia Dollison, Kerry 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).


Yumiko Matsuoka

Yumiko Matsuoka was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up there as well as in London, UK. She started studying piano at an early age, and was quickly drawn to the magic of chords. Yumiko's passion for great harmony was developed further in the high school choir, band for musical "Godspell," encounter with the music of the Singers Unlimited as well as many other composers/arrangers in a wide range of genres. Yumiko came to the US in 1986 to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She founded a cappella ensemble Vox One in 1988 to realize her dream of writing for and singing in such a group. Vox One released five albums, won numerous awards, and established themselves as one of the pioneers in the world of a cappella music. Her arrangements are available through the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press. Yumiko's arrangements are unique - she takes a song and reveals a layer of emotions that may not have been apparent in the original. Fans and performers of her music span the globe from Australia, Europe to the Americas and Japan. Yumiko is a professor in ear training at her alma mater Berklee, and keeps herself busy with workshops/coaching including the Western Wind's summer sessions at Smith College in Northampton, MA.


Phil Mattson

Phil Mattson is a pianist, arranger, conductor and teacher. His curriculum and teaching led to the establishment of The School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. Currently he resides in St. Paul, MN and leads The Phil Mattson Singers, a vocal jazz/choral ensemble.

Phil has served as Director of Choral Activities at Foothill College (CA) and Gonzaga University (WA) and has taught at Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and at The Phil Mattson School (WA). His undergraduate studies in Philosophy/Religion and Music were done at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), summa cum laude, and his graduate work in Choral Literature and Conducting at The University of Iowa as an NDEA Fellow.

Phil has written many arrangements for vocal jazz ensemble and choir. Manhattan Transfer, Chanticleer, The Real Group, The Dale Warland Singers, The Four Freshmen, Clockwork, Beachfront, Solstice, Phoenix and Clarion Chamber Chorale are among the groups who have commissioned his arrangements. In addition, he edited the arrangements of Gene Puerling for publication.


Darmon Meader

Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental world, Darmon is a distinguished vocalist, arranger and saxophonist. He has achieved rapid international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices. As a member of New York Voices, he has released four albums on the GRP Records label. Darmon has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists including Ray Brown, George Benson, Bobby McFerrin, Don Sebesky, Nancy Wilson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Austin, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Paquito D'Rivera and the Count Basie Orchestra. He has toured internationally, performing at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and the Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York and Japan.


Ben Parry

Ben Parry is an established conductor, composer, arranger, singer and producer in both classical and light music fields. He has made over sixty CD recordings and his compositions and arrangements are published by Peters Edition and Faber Music, including the popular Faber Carol Book and Music for Special Occasions. He collaborates regularly with the writer Garth Bardsley, and their choral piece, "Flame" was performed by a choir of 300 singers at the Royal Albert Hall in the 2012 BBC Proms. Major commissions include the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington DC, BBC Singers and the Aldeburgh Fesitval.


Andrew Piper

Andrew Piper has a Master of Music degree from The Canberra School of Music (ANU). Following graduation at the Diploma level in 1993, Andrew accepted a lectureship at the Canberra School of Music that continued until 1998 when he took up a full-time position with TION. He has worked in the music industry as a writer/arranger and performer in and for many ensembles - both as a vocalist and as a trumpeter.

As a freelance musician for many professional ensembles and bands, Andrew has been on several overseas tours as a performer prior to his involvement with TION. These included trips to Beijing and the Monterey Jazz Festival. As an accomplished composer and arranger, much of Andrew's outstanding vocal writing is featured on The Idea of North's CD recordings.


Gene Puerling

There certainly is no more influential and revered a cappella arranger than the brilliant Gene Puerling. From his auspicious beginnings as a founding member of the vocal jazz group the Hi-Lo's, with whom he recorded thirteen albums between the years of 1953-1964, Gene revealed the talent and promise that would later be fully realized with his work as director, arranger and performer with the Singers UnLimited.

Gene was born in Wisconsin in 1929. Though his family was musically inclined (various members of the family played violin, piano and clarinet) Gene himself had no formal musical training! He was a working professional musician from the age of seventeen, and simply did not have the time to devote to a formal musical education.


Jonathan Rathbone

After training as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral and choral scholar at Christ's College Cambridge, where he read mathematics, Jonathan rounded-off his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music with a second degree, specializing in singing and composition. Jonathan's compositional career includes works for theatre, film, radio, television, concert platform and the church, and a song-writing contract with Noel Gay Music.

Jonathan Rathbone was Musical Director and arranger for the Swingle Singers (1984-96) and has worked with many of the world's leading musicians, from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Pierre Boulez to Stephan Grappelli and George Martin.

He is now much in demand in Europe, the USA and UK, as a freelance choral director, arranger and workshop leader. A natural communicator, Jonathan leads workshops covering anything from close harmony singing, improvisation, choral conducting, vocal arranging to choral techniques.


Paris Rutherford

Paris Rutherford, now in retirement from the University of North Texas, is Regents Professor Emeritus in Jazz Studies. During his tenure, he organized and developed the degree programs in Vocal Jazz Studies and in Jazz Arranging. For over thirty years, Rutherford directed the award-winning UNT Jazz Singers both in performance and in the recording studios. He also directed the premiere North Texas Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop from its inception.

Over the years, his jazz arranging students have been heard on recordings by the One, Two and Three O'Clock Lab Bands, the UNT Jazz Singers, and too many personal CD projects to name. Many have continued their writing at a professional level, both in the recording studios and for stage and show productions.

A sought-after clinician in vocal jazz, Rutherford has over one hundred vocal jazz arrangements in publication by Hal Leonard, Sound Music Publishing, UNC Jazz Press, and recently through Artist Share by Maria Schneider. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the newly formed Jazz Education Network.


Kirby Shaw

Kirby Shaw has made a major impact in choral music education and has shared his musical expertise in 45 states, Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and South Africa. He has degrees in Music Education and Choral Composition from San Jose State University and a DMA degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. Dr. Shaw's teaching is infused with a sense of humor and breadth of knowledge that is transmitted in an exciting and highly contagious manner.

Kirby taught in the Mt. Shasta public schools before joining the faculty at College of the Siskiyous in California where he founded and directed the innovative and highly acclaimed COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also directed similar groups at Colorado State University and The University of Missouri-Kansas City and is now directing the Jefferson State Choral Coalition at Southern Oregon University.


Ward Swingle

Ward Swingle was the product of an unusually liberal musical education. In his hometown, Mobile, Alabama, he grew up with the sound of jazz and played in one of the great Big Bands before finishing High School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cincinnati Conservatory and studied piano with the celebrated Walter Gieseking in postwar France. In Paris in the sixties he was a founding member of the fabled Double Six of Paris, then took the scat singing idea and applied it to the works of Bach, hence The Swingle Singers, whose early recordings won five Grammies.

When the Paris group disbanded in l973, Ward Swingle moved to London and formed an English group, expanding the repertoire to include classical and avang-garde works along with the scat and jazz vocal arrangements.


Roger Treece

Roger Treece designs musical experience: composing, arranging, producing, engineering, singing, and teaching. His work spans genres - classical, pop, jazz, commercial, world - and bridges mediums, equally comfortable in the studio or concert stage, integrating the perspective of the performer with the behind-the-scenes view of the producer.

His most ambitious project to date is the 2010 album VOCAbuLarieS, for which he was the lead architect, composing, orchestrating, recording, and editing seven extended compositions for voices, percussion, acoustic and virtual orchestra. Inspired by the improvisations of Bobby McFerrin, conceived by McFerrin's manager, Linda Goldstien, and performed by Roger, McFerrin and 50 musicians from around the world, VOCAbuLarieS has been recognized as "a masterpiece", "a glimpse of the future of choral music", "a new standard for choral recording," and has been nominated for three Grammy awards this year, including Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals and Best Engineered Album, Classical.en, and Ravinia festivals and in Munich, Prague, San Francisco and London.


Michele Weir

Michele is currently a faculty member at U.C.L.A. and previously taught at U.S.C., C.S.U. Long Beach and the Phil Mattson School. In demand internationally as a jazz clinician/adjudicator, recent notable presentations include the World Choral Symposium in the Netherlands, the National A.C.D.A Conference and the I.A.J.E Convention. Michele has served as co-chair of vocal jazz for I.A.J.E., as an ARTS panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and as co-conductor of the World Youth Choir.


Dr. Steve Zegree

Internationally was recognized as one of the most respected vocal jazz conductors and educators in the world, Steve Zegree was active as a pianist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. His career as a pianist and conductor includes performances on five continents. Dr. Zegree is in demand as a pianist, clinician, adjudicator and conductor around the world. A renowned educator, his students are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing, and music education.


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