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Vocal Jazz

Jazz Singers
Vocal Jazz- 2018

The vocal jazz program at Sacramento State is under the direction of Gaw Vang Williams. The program consists of three advanced ensembles; Vox Now, C-Sus Voices, and Sac State Jazz Singers all of which are formed by audition. The program also has a beginning ensemble call Vocal Jazz and Acapella lab. This ensemble introduces new students to vocal jazz concepts and repertoire and is directed by Sac State student directors.  

The sounds of the Sac State Vocal jazz ensembles are influenced by the great vocal jazz groups of the past and present: The Hi-Lo's, Singers Unlimited, Take 6, New York Voices, The Real Group, Manhattan Transfer and others. Additionally, the ensemble strives to explore new, innovative approaches to contemporary vocal jazz and features student compositions and arrangements.

The advanced ensembles tour to different colleges, high schools, and jazz festivals throughout the year. The vocal jazz program also holds a benefit concert every fall benefiting local nonprofit organizations and performs a final concert and records every semester.  The ensembles have appeared on local TV and radio stations, and was recently featured in a TEDx video, all of which can be found online. The vocal jazz program placed first consecutively at the 2016 and 2017 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and took first place at Reno Jazz Festival 2017. The Sacramento State School of Music vocal jazz program has been awarded over 20 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards, including a 2018 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Vox Now.

Auditions for Sac State Vocal Jazz groups are held throughout the summer and at the beginning of the fall semester. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Gaw Vang at More information on auditions for the various groups can be found on the Ensemble Auditions page.