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The History of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble Singing Movement in the Public Schools of the Boise Valley from Its Inception through the Academic Year 1989-1990
by Hamilton, Richard John, Ph.D., The Florida State University, 2017, 326; 10602363
Abstract (Summary)

The vocal jazz ensemble singing movement that began at Mt. Hood Community College (Gresham, Oregon) in 1967 reached the public schools of the Boise Valley, in Southwestern Idaho sometime in the early 1970’s. The first generation of vocal jazz educators in the region were Jerry Vevig , Vern Swain, Moyle Brown and Lonnie Cline. In an effort to learn the new style, these four directors participated in the burgeoning vocal jazz scene occurring in the Western region of the United States. By the mid 1970’s, vocal jazz ensemble education had become so prevalent in the Boise Valley region that the Jr. High School directors of the Boise Public School District were programming vocal jazz music and participating in many of the same vocal jazz events as their high school colleagues. These Junior High school directors included Bruce Walker, Catherine Gilck, Rich Lapp, Sue Hough, Paul Olson and Rob Newburn. The 1980’s saw the second generation of prominent vocal jazz singing ensemble directors begin their tenures in the Boise Valley when Glenn Grant, Quinn, Van Paepeghem, Linda Schmidt, Ted Totorica, and Barb Oldenburg, continued the tradition of vocal jazz style singing and event participation that their predecessors had initiated throughout the remainder of the era investigated (inception–1990). In the study, each subjects experiences and education in vocal jazz ensemble singing is documented and specific techniques they employed when working with their vocal jazz ensembles are revealed. The literature used by each vocal jazz educator from the Boise valley (1970–1990) is also exposed, collated, and presented in the document for reference and use by future choral music educators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fenton, Kevin
Commitee: Moore, Chris, Thomas, Andre, VanWeelden, Kimberly
School: The Florida State University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music history, Music, Music education
Keywords: Boise, Education, History, Idaho, Jazz, Vocal
Publication Number: 10602363
ISBN: 978-0-355-32776-2
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