Shades of Blue - MUS 192

Dr. Stephen Barton , director

Shades of Blue is a vocal jazz ensemble consisting of 8-14 singers accompanied by a rhythm section of piano, bass, drums and other instruments as needed. The primary concern of this course is artistic and creative vocal jazz for ensemble performance. Advanced solo experience, microphone techniques and vocal improvisation are part of the course offering. Students who audition will prepare a vocal solo from the Broadway, pop vocal, or vocal jazz idiom. The group performs at least twice a semester and is expected to perform at off-campus venues as scheduled.

Shades of Blue has a rich history of performance with many well-known artists and dignitaries and has performed for several professional workshops and conferences throughout the United States.

Dr. Stephen Barton, Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Voice Department at GRCC, in addition to Shades of Blue, conducts the GRCC College Choir, the GRCC Concert Choir and the GRCC Madrigal Singers.

For more information about auditioning for Shades of Blue contact Dr. Stephen Barton at or 616-234-2294. Students may also come by Dr. Barton’s office, room 103, GRCC Music Building during office hours.

Winter Semester- Tuesday and Thursday, 3:50-4:50 p.m.