Interest Session 2
1/24/24 | 4:30-5:30pm
Vocal Jazz in the Choral Classroom
Directing a vocal jazz or contemporary music ensemble can raise a myriad of questions such as, what vocal warmups should be used, what is appropriate repertoire for an SAB ensemble, what vocal technique is best suited for a ballad, Latin, or swing piece, and many more. Through her doctoral research, Dr. Lara M. Moline has gathered information for the less-familiar to the well-informed choral conductor in order to aide in the process of introducing or maintaining the vocal jazz ensemble. The information provided will address the similarities of pedagogy between choral and vocal jazz styles, transition material, repertoire and listening suggestions, and a list of vocal jazz resources.
Dr. Lara M. Moline is the Assistant Professor of Voice and Choral Music Education at St. Cloud State University. Her dissertation research, Vocal Jazz in the Choral Classroom: A Pedagogical Study, introduces transitional elements that are accessible to choral directors of any level and involves an observational curriculum study. Lara has presented her dissertation research at the Jazz Educators Network Conference, and Wyoming, Colorado, and Minnesota state conventions. As a sought-after adjudicator, clinician, and conductor, she has worked with students from middle school to college levels in solo voice to large vocal ensembles in both traditional and vocal jazz idioms.