From a Univeristy of Idaho news release.
The Jackson Jazz Choir and Soloist Bianca Moya from Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, WA, took top honors on Friday, February 22nd, at the University of Idaho’s 2019 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
The festival, in its 52nd year, features two days of student competitions, workshops and clinics on the U of I campus. More than 4,000 students from over 130 elementary, middle and high schools, as well as college and universities, are participating from around the region, including schools from Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada.
After a full day of competition, the Jackson Jazz Choir, an ensemble directed by Craig Schell, was named the winner of Senior Area Mic Ensembles AAAA. Moya was named runner up in the category of Senior Vocal Solos.
As the winner in their category, the Jackson Jazz Choir performed at the Young Artists’ Winners Concert on Saturday evening, February 23rd, competing against a number of schools to be named as the overall sweepstakes winner for the festival.
At the end of the night, the Jazz Choir from Saint George’s School of Spokane, WA, in the category of Senior Ensembles; and the Jane Addams Middle School Ensemble of Seattle, WA, in the category of Junior Ensembles were declared the overall winners. The ensembles were presented with a rotating trophy for the year and will receive a free entry to the 2020 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
“It was a wonderful day of student performances,” said Vanessa Sielert, director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music in U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.
She went on to say, “The performances at the Young Artists’ Concert and by our soloists were truly amazing. I’m so pleased that we have so much talent to showcase.”
Performances from the Young Artists’ Winners Concert will be available on the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s YouTube channel at the conclusion of the festival.
Jackson Jazz Choir and advisors. Photo courtesy of Craig Schell.