Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a small auditioned group specializing in jazz arrangements of pop, rock, and standard jazz literature. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday, and performs with the University Jazz Band at two concerts each semester.  Off campus performances for local events are often scheduled as well.  Auditions for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble are held at the end of the spring semester for the following year.  Dr. Gary P. Wilson leads this group.

Ensemble Director 

Dr. Gary Wilson

Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and teacher. His responsibilities as Director of Choral Activities include conducting the A Cappella Singers, overseeing the choral/vocal program, and directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Choirs under his leadership have performed at regional and state music conferences, in New York City's Carnegie Hall, and in venues throughout the United States and Europe. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for honor choirs and festival choirs, and ted the Arkansas All State Choir in 2007.

Dr. Wilson holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Harding University and Baylor University, and is the first recipient of the doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Peter A. Eklund.   His research on the choral music of American composer Edward MacDowell was published by Mellen Press in 2004, and was nominated for the American Choral Directors Association Julius Hereford award for outstanding doctoral dissertation in 2005.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble