Special Events - Jazz Vocal Invitational 2020

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Kathleen Grace will be performing on Friday, February 14, 2020

Applications are now being accepted for the Second Annual Frost Jazz Vocal Invitational on campus at the University of Miami Frost School of Music February 14th–15th, 2020.


We kick off the weekend Friday, February 14th with the Frost Jazz Vocal concert featuring Frost Extensions, Frost Jazz Vocal I and guest artist – vocalist, composer, arranger, songwriter, Kathleen Grace. Invitational clinicians, Greg Jasperse and Kate Reid, will also join us on stage Friday evening. All participating ensembles are invited to perform in the 'Invitational group choir' piece during the Friday evening concert.

Friday events begin with afternoon rehearsal for the 'Invitational group choir' piece and concert at 7:30 in Gusman Hall. Ticket information below.
Saturday events begin at 8:00 am and conclude by 6:00 pm.

Six ensembles (high school and college) will receive on Saturday, February 15, 2020**:
・25 minute warm-up
・25 minute performance in Frost's Gusman Hall
・30 minute post-performance clinic with one of our visiting Frost Invitational clinicians with written comments provided by the remaining two clinicians.
・45 minute recording session in Frost's Weeks Recording Studio and a general mix of the session sent via email
・two (2) 40-minute masterclasses with Frost Invitational clinicians and/or Frost School of Music faculty that includes Dr. Steve Guerra (arranging, composition), Dr. Chuck Bergeron (jazz bass, combo) and Professor Dante Luciani (jazz trombone, jazz improvisation)
・clinic by guest artist Kathleen Grace
・performance by Frost Jazz Vocal groups, and
・an end-of-the-day performance of one selection by each participating ensemble

The Frost Jazz Vocal Performance program will accept submissions and applications immediately and fill the 6 Invitational spots on a first-come, first-served basis.


Registration for the Invitational

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    Registration fee of $650 covers the Saturday events**.
    Friday night concert ticket fee is separate from the registration cost. (students and adults $20) Ticket price provides priority seating, interaction with guest artist and clinicians through rehearsal and performance of the 'Invitational group choir' piece during the concert.
    Recording tracks/stems for your own use - one time $35 fee
    Rhythm section instrumentalists for warm-up, performance, post-performance clinic, recording session and end-of-the-day performance $150 per player


    University of Miami campus
    The Frost School of Music
    1314 Miller Drive
    Coral Gables, FL 33146


    Events take place in Gusman concert hall (580 seats), Clarke Recital Hall (150 seats), Broby rehearsal hall, Foster Bldg room 206, the multipurpose rehearsal space #330.


    The Frost School of Music/University of Miami is about 6.5 miles or 21 minutes from Miami International airport (MIA).
    We are about 31 miles or 47 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL).


    Non-competitive, educational festival atmosphere providing a creative and supportive experience for high school and college vocal jazz ensembles and their vocal and instrumental students.


    The 'flight' style format is used for the Frost Jazz Vocal Invitational. Schools are grouped in to threes and each ensemble performs for the other two in the 'flight'. Each ensemble has 25 minutes on stage to set up and perform. 20 minutes of music or 3 selections works well to keep our event running smoothly and on time. We ask all directors to adhere to this request so that we may provide the same experience to all participating groups.

  • FOOD

    Food is available on our campus in the Hurricane Food Court and also nearby. Subway, Starbucks, Outtakes convenience store (sandwiches, salads, snacks, candy, water, soda), Lime restaurant (mexican) and Einsteins (coffee, bagels, salads, wraps) are all available on Saturday. Friday food options are expanded with more available in the food court and the campus restaurant, Rathskeller.


    Although this is 'peak' season in Florida, there are several hotels in South Miami, Kendall/Dadeland, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables that have availability.

    The Aloft Miami Dadeland provides a fine lodging experience near to campus (about 15 minutes) and it's close to the Dadeland Mall/shopping area with plenty of restaurants and a food court.
    Aloft Miami Dadeland
    7600 N Kendall Dr, Miami, FL 33156
    (305) 595-6000


    Backline and equipment are provided by Frost for performance in Gusman Hall:
    15 wireless Sennheiser mics
    Capability of 5 more wired SHURE SM58s
    guitar amp
    bass amp
    drums - we do encourage groups with drummers to bring their own cymbals and stick bag but we can provide
    monitors for rhythm section and vocalists

    for recording in the Frost Weeks Recording studio:
    microphones for each section (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) We provide mic'ing up to 8 sections (SSAATTBB).
    drums - we do encourage groups with drummers to bring their own cymbals and sticks
    bass amp
    guitar amp


    December 1, 2019 Deadline to Register and Pay minimum deposit/ensemble Registration fee

    January 15, 2020 Balance of fees due (concert tickets, rhythm section instrumentalists fees for the day, recording tracks/stems)


    Checks are made payable to:
    University of Miami Frost School of Music
    (Jazz Vocal Performance in the subject/memo line)

    And are sent to:

    Frost School of Music
    University of Miami
    c/o Thierry Bien-Aime
    5499 San Amaro Dr
    North PLF Room 303
    Coral Gables, Florida 33146

A Night of Kathleen Grace—Frost Extensions, Jazz Vocal I & II

Friday, February 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m. 

UM Gusman Concert Hall

Kate Reid, director

Kathleen Grace, voice

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with guest artist Kathleen Grace as she sings about the ‘ups and downs of love,’ kicking off the 2nd Annual Frost Jazz Vocal Invitational. LA Weekly noted that Grace’s “bright, clear voice reflects simple beauty and subtle wisdom, traits shared by all memorable singers from Billie Holiday to Emmylou Harris.”

Ticket Required 

Purchase Friday Night Concert Ticket