Those Who Wish to Sing Always Find a Song

Those Who Wish to Sing Always Find a Song
Posted on 2015/02/27

March 2015

An annual tradition at NAU, Northern Arizona University, is the Madrigal Jazz Festival.  It is one of the largest choral gatherings of its kind in the southwestern United States.  The NAU choral groups host the event performing along with professionals and talent of national stature.  Over 140 high school choral groups from Arizona and nearby states attended.  Students had the opportunity to perform in front of each other exposing them to many different styles and even received rankings from a panel of judges.  Attendees also participated in a short workshop where they were the benefactors of the expertise of two accomplished veteran directors.

Our Vocal Ensemble class performed several times.  For the madrigal portion they sang as a group to the tunes of “April is in my Mistress’ Face” and “ll Fortunato”, both pieces being from the Renaissance era as well as “Musick’s Empire” which is a contemporary choral piece.  For their jazz numbers the ensemble harmonized the melody “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” in a Frank Sinatra styling.  They also belted out Billy Joel’s “Lullabye” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’”.  Song birds Sierra Mckean, Jacob Denton, and Kamryn Rivas even had the opportunity to do some solo singing.

For their efforts, our vocalists received an Excellent ranking in both categories which is the second highest possible award received during this festival.  Once again, NAU’s festival is a hit with our choral enthusiasts as they spread their wings by performing in such an expansive venue and came away with new knowledge about the art of which they have so much passion for.