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Shades of Blue - MUS 192

Dr. Stephen Barton and Mr. David Hay, co-directors

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.

Professor David Hay is a pianist, bassist, drummer and professor of jazz at GRCC. Professor Hay began his piano studies at a very young age and has studied music with teachers from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Berklee School of Music and the Eastman School of Music during his distinguished career. The great jazz artists with whom he has worked include Russell Malone, Rufus Reid and Bob James among many others. Professor Hay is a member of the Cooper/Hay/Van Lente Trio based in Grand Rapids.

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.

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Music Center, room 304c