Jackson jazz choir takes top honors at Lionel Hampton Festival

Mar 01, 2019

The Jackson High Jazz Choir and soloist Bianca Moya took top honors at the University of Idaho’s 2019 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival on Friday, Feb. 22.

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.

After a full day of competition, the Jackson Jazz Choir, under the direction of 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 earned the opportunity to perform at the Young Artists’ Winners Concert on Saturday evening, Feb. 23, competing against a number of schools to be named as the overall sweepstakes winner for the festival.

At the end of the night, top honors went to the Jazz Choir from Saint George’s School of Spokane, WA, in the category of Senior Ensembles; and to Jane Addams Middle School Ensemble of Seattle, WA in the category of Junior Ensembles. 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 are available on the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s YouTube channel.

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