MJF Monterey County High School Honor Vocal Ensemble

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival selects top students from across Monterey County to participate in middle and high school big bands, and a vocal ensemble. Led by MJF Education Director Paul Contos (High School All-Star Band) and renowned educator Dr. Rob Klevan (Honor Vocal and Middle School Band), each all-star ensemble rehearses twice monthly (daily at MJF's annual two-week Summer Camp) while working on ensemble skills--includes phrasing, blending, improvisation and rhythmic feel, while exploring a range of jazz styles. The MJF High School All-Stars also perform across Monterey County, at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great music to the community. In summer 2015, the high school ensembles traveled to Washington D.C., where they performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, and the Bohemian Caverns jazz club.

2016-17 MJF High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Director: Dr. Rob Klevan

Pascale Montgomery / Carmel High School
Ali Shanklin / Monterey High School
Malia Silva / Homeschool, Seaside
Madison Van Tassell / Pacific Grove High School
Kathryn Yeager / York School, Monterey

Alexandra Pavlet / Monterey High School
Jennie Racoosin / York School, Monterey
Chloe Scheid / Stevenson School, Pebble Beach
Maris Welch / York School, Monterey
Katie Wheeler / Notre Dame High School, Salinas

Andrew Simpson / York School, Monterey

Alex Davies / York School, Monterey
Jeremiah Lee / Trinity High School, Monterey
Brandon Mai / Salinas High School
John Selin / Trinity High School, Monterey