THE NSU CONCERT CHOIR
A JAZZ ENSEMBLE
October 22, 2011
Moving In The Right Direction
This choir is among the best in the Hampton roads area.
This is my opinion. I walked in this nice big church in Portsmouth, as a student, I've never even heard the ensemble play live before. You probably haven't either, but you should, as the NSU choir and jazz ensemble named one of the Hampton roads best university concert choirs by the universities premier jazz publication performed at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Third Baptist Church presented by the music ministry.
Under any circumstances, a pairing of NSU’s Jazz Ensemble with the rising artists in the concert choirs constituted a high-quality concert. This edition of the great university jazz band, was led by Mr. Frank T. Elliott and Dr. Carl W. Haywood, and accompanist Mr. Terry Butler of which for years; has worked with the music director, the pianist and director Mr. Frank T. Elliott is on his way to become one of Hampton Roads most sought-after musician.
In addition to the guidance of the directors, students in these programs experience intensive study in jazz theory, history, arranging, improvisation, and performance practices. They have access to large listening libraries, state-of-the-art recording studios, instrumental combos, and regular master classes given by a variety of highly successful, working jazz musicians. Graduates find work in a variety of settings as arrangers, ensemble directors, vocal coaches, recording engineers and producers, jingle singers, jazz artists, educators, theme-park and cruise-line entertainers, contemporary Christian singers, pop/rock singers, cabaret and club performers, back-up singers, and even arts administrators and managers. I thought about attending my first concert as an audience member, as I watched choir members join their ranks. I was not sure what my reaction would be. Would I feel moved by the music? Would it put me in that fantastic...
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