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The All State Jazz Choir will be held January 2015 during the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Students will rehearse and stay at the Broadmoor. We are excited to be presenting in the Broadmoor Hall. Students must be in grade 11 or 12 and a member of their school’s curricular vocal music program if one exists. At the time of the audition and the All State Jazz Choir rehearsals and performances, students must be eligible under the rules of the Colorado High School Activities Association.

September 22, 2014 - Deadline for CD Submissions!

October - Judging Audition Tapes and Callback Selection Process

October 6, 2014 - Notification Process for Callback Audition
November 8, 2014- Callback Auditions & Final Selection Process @ Smokey Hill HS

December 5, 2014- Acceptance/Registration Forms and Fees Due Date

End of January - Final All State Jazz Choir Music Preparations, Final Audition & Performance

2014-2015 All-State Jazz Choir Information Packet

2014-2015 Clinicians

Kerry Marsh
All State Jazz Mixed Choir

Kerry Marsh is a composer and arranger specializing in contemporary music for vocal jazz ensembles. In high demand as a commissioned arranger for many of the nation's top educational vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles, Marsh has a large and varied catalog of music performed regularly around the world. Kerry publishes over 160 compositions and arrangments at KerryMarsh.com, and also has published arrangements through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications.

Kerry is a proud member of the jazz studies faculty at The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he directs Northern Colorado Voices and Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1 and teaches other courses within the music department. Previously, Kerry served for ten years as the director of vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. In that time, his ensembles and individual students earned thirteen Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards, distinguishing Sac State as one of the premier vocal jazz programs in the country during that timespan. Marsh's vocal jazz ensembles were invited twice to perform at conferences of the International Association for Jazz Education, and, in 2009, they were one of fourteen winners of a national search to have a song appear on the Epic Records release: "Ben Folds - College A Cappella". Marsh has since worked with Folds as a vocal arranger and background singers director in numerous performances with major symphony orchestras, including the Boston Pops and the Washington National Symphony.

Along with his wife and musical collaborator Julia Dollison, Kerry released his highly ambitious debut album, Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider, in March 2010 through ArtistShare. Endorsed by the Grammy-winning composer herself and funded largely through fan contributions, the album features Schneider's music as written for her jazz orchestra, but with the horn parts entirely sung, and the rhythm section consisting of Frank Kimbrough, Ben Monder, Jay Anderson and Clarence Penn (all current members of The Maria Schneider Orchestra). Vertical Voices was met with great critical praise, earning a four-star review in Down Beat Magazine. Dollison and Marsh perform regularly with the vocal quartet called Vertical Voices, also featuring Greg Jasperse and Jennifer Barnes. The quartet performs the music of Schneider as well as Pat Metheny, Nando Lauria and more, including original compositions by the group.

Marsh is busy year-round as an adjudicator and clinician for jazz festivals and workshops. Kerry has directed all-state jazz choirs in California, Arizona, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, Illinois, New York, Maine, Iowa and New Hampshire All State Jazz Choirs as well as the Nassau County (NY) Honor Jazz Choir, and he will be serving as the director of the 2015 Colorado and Missouri All-State Jazz Choirs as well.

Kerry graduated in 2000 from the University of Kansas with a B.M.E. in Music Education and in 2003 with a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.


Julia Dollison
All State Jazz Women's Choir

Thirteen years ago, the Washington Post called Julia Dollison "a deeply musical virtuoso with an airy, luminous voice." Eight years ago, critics praised Dollison's self-released debut CD "Observatory" as “rare, fresh and substantive” (JazzTimes Magazine), "richly imaginative" (Wall Street Journal) and “subtle, spontaneous and breathtaking” (Sacramento Bee).

Three years ago, Dollison released her recording project "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider" through ArtistShare®, the Grammy Award-winning fan-based internet environment that promotes the artist's creative process. Here, she and her husband Kerry Marsh, vocalist and award-winning arranger, pay tribute to their mentor and ArtistShare's multi-Grammy Award-winning flagship artist Maria Schneider, recreating compositions written for her own jazz orchestra by multi-tracking the horn parts with their own two voices. The album received an abundance of critical praise, including DownBeat Magazine's Best Albums of 2010, JazzTimes and Jazziz Magazine's Top 3 Vocal Groups of the year.

This spring, Dollison and Marsh will be touring to promote their newly released Vertical Voices CD "Fourward" featuring Jennifer Barnes (alto) and Greg Jasperse (bass), Directors of Vocal Jazz at the Universities of North Texas and Western Michigan, respectively.

Meanwhile, Dollison's uniquely personal brand of solo vocal jazz is delighting club-goers, concert and festival audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe. She's performed with the Maria Schneider Orchestra at New York's Jazz Standard, appeared by invitation at several jazz conferences, namely IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), CMEA (California Music Educators Association) and JEN (Jazz Education network). Dollison premiered a concerto written for her by Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer, then headlined with him at the Brubeck Festival. As a performing vocalist and educator, Julia also regularly appears in California and throughout the world as a featured guest artist, clinician and adjudicator.

Since winning the DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best Collegiate Jazz Vocal Soloist in 2000, Dollison has been heard at such New York clubs as Tavern on the Green, Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm and Cornelia Street Cafe. She's shared the stage with Jamey Aebersold, Bob Dorough, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Mark Murphy, Dianne Reeves, and Kenny Wheeler. She has also performed with pop artists such as John Secada, Darius Rucker and Meatloaf. Dollison and Marsh have most recently appeared at the Boston Pops Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center with NBC's "The Sing Off" judge and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/pianist Ben Folds.

A classically trained soprano, Dollison has performed as a guest soloist under the direction of symphony conductors Michael Tilson Thomas with the New World Symphony as the featured soloist in Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Erich Kunzel with the Naples Philharmonic's Duke Ellington / Hoagy Carmichael Centennial Concert Series. Most recently, Julia was the featured soloist with the Sacramento Master Singers in "Come Sunday: The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington" and has played the title role in Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors." Julia also performed as a lead soprano in the "Voices of Liberty" Americana show at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center, where she was featured as a main park attraction.

An experienced studio singer, Dollison can be heard as the soprano soloist in the Academy Award-winning "Vera Drake" film trailer (Fine Line Cinema 2004) and in film scores from "The Stepford Wives" (DreamWorks 2004) and "The Corpse Bride" (Warner Brothers Pictures 2005). She has also recorded commercials for Disney, Fox, Coca Cola, Pier One Imports, Go Girl Energy Drinks and Mattress Discounters, and has pre-recorded vocal tracks for the Florida Orange Bowl's "New Year's Event" halftime shows and parades, the 9/11 First Anniversary Memorial Service and The Rockettes' Radio City Music Hall "Christmas Spectacular" in New York.

Dollison is a new faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver, teaching applied jazz voice and overseeing the vocal jazz major component. For eight years, Dollison and Marsh directed the vocal jazz program at Sacramento State, during which time the students and ensembles earned thirteen Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Best Collegiate Jazz Arrangement and Outstanding Jazz Vocal Soloist. Julia has also served locally as an assistant director for the DownBeat award-winning vocal jazz ensembles at American River College and Folsom High School. Dollison was previously an adjunct faculty member at the New School University in New York and at Florida's University of Miami, where she earned her B.M. and M.M. degrees in studio music and jazz vocal performance, teaching with a full assistantship while earning her graduate degree.

All State Jazz Choir Board

Jeff Peckham, Chair
Palmer High School
301 N Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 328 - 5136

Darin Drown
Grandview High School
20500 E. Arapahoe Rd.,
Aurora, CO 80016


Jim Techau
Smoky Hill HS
16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015

Julia Dale
Rock Canyon High School
5810 McArthur Ranch Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124











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2015-2016 Important Dates for Colorado All State Choir

September 9- Registration Deadline

October 2-3- Western Site Auditions
October 9-10- Northern Site Auditions
October 15-17- Metro Site Auditions
October 22-24- Southern Site Auditions

November - Audition Results Available
November - Order Music for Students
December - Rehearsal Materials Avail.
December 11 - Acceptance Deadline

February 4, 5, 6- All-State Festival
**Thursday, Friday, Saturday**

February 6- All State Choir Concert

2014-2015 Important Dates for All State Jazz Choir

September 22- Registration Deadline

October 6- Notification Process for Callback Audition

November 8 - Callback Auditions at Smokey Hill High School

November 10 - Notification of Acceptance for All State Jazz Choir

December 5- Acceptance/Registration Forms Due

January 29 - Final Music Prep/Final Auditions

January 31- All State Jazz Concert (CMEA)