Mt. San Antonio College "Singcopation"
Photo ©Craig Lovell
Top College Vocal Jazz Ensemble from the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival
Singcopation, formed in 1997, consists of 13 auditioned singers who specialize in vocal jazz music at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. During their existence, they have performed numerous concerts at Mt. San Antonio College and have participated in a variety of collegiate festivals and competitions including the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, and the Reno Jazz Festival in Nevada. “Singcopation” performed to standing ovations at the 2001 International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Convention in New York City; the 2003 IAJE Convention in Toronto, Canada; and again in 2005 at the IAJE Convention in Long Beach, California.
Singcopation has participated as guest artists for the 2001, 2003 and 2005 L.A. Vocal Jazz Workshop where they performed with Steve Zegree, Michele Weir and Darmon Meader from the New York Voices and have won the DownBeat Magazine award for being the number one college vocal jazz group in the country on five occasions, also winning a special DownBeat award in 2008, 2009, and 2011 for Outstanding Performance. Singcopation has performed at the 2002 ACDA Western Regional Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii in a special workshop presentation; gave special performances at B.B. King’s and the Baked Potato nightclubs in Hollywood; were headline performers for a concert engagement at Lincoln Center in New York City (with special guest artist Darmon Meader); and were the headline performers at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Singcopation also won first place honors at the 2009 Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, thus receiving an invitation to perform at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. In the fall of 2009, these outstanding singers combined with a professional orchestra from Los Angeles to perform Star Wars in concert to sell-out audiences at the Honda Center and the Nokia Theater. In 2010, Singcopation traveled to Australia to perform at the ANCA Choralfest Convention in Port Macquarie, and they have also won the first place Grand Prix award at the 2011 American International Choral Competition, held in Reno, Nevada.
These outstanding performers have recorded 12 CDs entitled Kick That Monkey, Mickey’s Diner, Wind Machine, Harold’s House of Jazz, Stompin’ At The Savoy, What Is Hip?, Drive, Everything Must Change, a special 10thAnniversary CD, How Sweet It Is, Singin' In The Rain, and their newest release, Imagine.