On April 30, 2016 the Skyline College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Michelle Hawkins, traveled to the University of Nevada at Reno to compete in the Reno Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in the Western United States. The festival featured college, high school and middle school ensembles from multiple states including Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, along with prominent music educators and ensemble directors who served as judges and clinicians. The Skyline College Vocal Jazz Ensemble earned Second Place in the college choir division and received six medals for “Outstanding Soloist” for individual students. Ensemble members were thrilled with the awards and honored to represent Skyline College and the Music Department at this prestigious event.
Participation in the Reno Jazz Festival was made possible by generous funding from the 2015-2016 President’s Innovation Fund.
Article by Michelle Hawkins | Photos by Teresa Tam