About the Festival


Each year, the Le Moyne College music program hosts an all-day festival dedicated to vocal jazz pedagogy and performance. The festival is open to collegiate and high school vocal jazz ensembles and features a clinician with expertise in vocal jazz and its associated areas. Past clinicians have included Kim Nazarian, Kirk Marcy, Diana Spradling, Peter Eldridge, Vijay Singh, and Greg Jasperse, among others. Led by the Le Moyne College Jazzuits, the festival has become a premier event of its kind in the greater Syracuse area.


The festival begins at 8:30 a.m. and culminates with a concert at 7:30 p.m., featuring performances by all participating ensembles. Throughout the day the guest clinician will provide either 30 or 45-minute workshops with each ensemble. Prior to the concert, the clinician will work with all ensembles as a festival choir on a song to be performed in the evening concert.


For more information about the festival, please contact Carol Jacobe at cjacobe1@gmail.com.


This Year’s Festival

Saturday, November 9, 2019


The Vocal Jazz Festival takes place in the James Commons/Curtin Special Events Room at the Student Center on the Le Moyne College Campus. Parking and access to the building can be found at Lot C on Springfield Rd. Lunch and dinner can be purchased at the Le Moyne College dining hall.


The clinician for the 2019 Vocal Jazz Festival is Rosana Eckert, a dynamic musician recognized internationally as a live studio vocalist, published songwriter and arranger, and master teacher of jazz and voice. 

As a vocal artist, Rosana has had the pleasure of performing with such jazz greats as Lyle Mays, Kenny Wheeler, George Duke, Jon Faddis, and Bobby McFerrin, and she is the go-to-sub on both the soprano and alto parts in the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet New York Voices.

A renowned educator, Rosana is senior lecturer of jazz voice at the University of North Texas. She serves on the faculty of the UNT Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop and the New York Voices Summer Vocal Jazz Camp, and she is in demand as a clinician, festival adjudicator, guest conductor, and choral composer/arranger.

In addition to her extensive live performing, writing, and teaching, Rosana works regularly as a studio vocalist, producer, and voice-over actor, having sung or spoken on hundreds of commercials, album projects, publishing demos, and radio IDs heard around the world.

For more information about Rosana, visit www.rosanaeckert.com