High School Vocal Groups and Soloists Recognized at the 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

Friday, February 26 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – More than 50 high school and secondary school vocal groups, along with more than 140 vocal soloists, took the stage Friday at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. The students came from throughout the Northwest, western Canada and Alaska.

The musicians performed for adjudicators, who provided feedback and critical evaluation of the groups’ performance. Based on their musical execution, expression and presentation, vocal groups were invited to perform at the late afternoon Young Artists Concert in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. The groups also received awards and prizes from festival sponsors.

The groups invited to perform were:

ArtsWest School multi-microphone vocal ensemble, Jeff Baker and Justin Nielsen, directors


Sandpoint High School non-mixed women’s choir, Sandpoint High School non-mixed men’s choir, and Sandpoint High School vocal ensemble, Jon Brownell, director

Nanaimo, B.C.

Wellington Secondary School vocal combo, Carmella Luvisotto and Steve Jones, directors

Moses Lake, Wash.

Moses Lake High School, multi-microphone vocal ensemble, David Holloway, director

Seattle, Wash.

Roosevelt High School multi-microphone vocal ensemble, Scott Brown, director; Eckstein Middle School vocal ensemble, Moc Escobedo, director

Spokane, Wash.

St. George’s School vocal combo, David Demand, director

Adjudicator’s also selected vocal soloists to perform at Hamp’s Club in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, prior to the Friday evening concert. Hamp’s Club is a special feature for student performers and audiences, and provides students the opportunity to perform in a jazz club-like setting.

The student vocal soloists invited to perform at Hamp’s Club were:


LeAne Robinson, soprano, Camille Avery, alto, and Cari Stevens, alto, ArtsWest School


Cameron Brownell, tenor, Sandpoint High School

Port Angeles, Wash.

Julian Huxtable, tenor, Port Angeles High School

Seattle, Wash.

Courtney Parkin, alto, and Samantha Hoshin, alto, King’s High School; Eric Reiman, tenor, Roosevelt High School

Spokane, Wash.

John McHugh, bass, Gonzaga Preparatory School

For 43 years at the University of Idaho, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival has brought jazz masters together with elementary, junior high, high school and college students to share and celebrate this truly American art form. It has featured hundreds of musicians from around the world, including China, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Peru, as well as students from Canada, Japan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest.
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About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.