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Vocal Jazz Invitational Concert
Start Date: 4/22/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM

Event Description
The Willamette Singers will host Sprague HS, directed by David Brown, South Salem HS, directed by Will McLean and West Salem HS, directed by Kimberly McConnell for a full day of clinics and an evening concert with special guest vocalist Darcy Schmitt, director of choirs from Battleground HS in Vancouver, WA.  Darcy Schmitt has been teaching choir for 34 years, including 15 years at Clark College, 4 years at Portland State University, 3 years at Portland Community College and 20 years in her current job as vocal music director and head of the Performing Arts Department at Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, Washington.  She teaches 5 choirs including the award-winning Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  She is also the vocal director for the Prairie/Ground Musical Productions and a voice teacher and vocal coach at Opus School of Music in Ridgefield.

Ms. Schmitt is also a well-known local jazz vocalist. Performing with the vocal quartet, Pure Imagination for 10 years, the group was featured at the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, and performed in nightclubs, various N.W. festivals, and commercials.    She continues to perform as a soloist - often with her pianist, Brent Gjevre.  Ms. Schmitt has worked with various artists including, Jim Fischer, Diane Schuur, the Woody Hite Big Band, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Art Abram's Swing Machine, and currently as a member of “3 Grands”.  She has recorded with the Art Abrams Swing Machine, and the Clark College Jazz Ensemble.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Smith Auditorium  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Contact Information:
Name: Diane Trevett
Phone: 5033706687
Admission / Ticket Info:
Admission to the Vocal Jazz Invitational is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for students, at the door. No advance ticket is required.

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