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Justin Binek, Jazz Choir Director


The New Jersey Music Educators Association proudly presents


The 2013 New Jersey All-State Jazz Ensemble and


Honors Jazz Choir


David Demsey, Jazz Ensemble Conductor (Selections to include the following:)


Tuning Up ...................................................Toshiko Akiyoshi Who, Me? .................................Frank Foster, for Count Basie Lil’ Darlin’ .............................................................Neal Hefti Big Dipper .. Thad Jones (from the WPU Thad Jones Archive) Stolen Moments ....................Oliver Nelson arr. Paul Jennings Randi ....................................................................Phil Woods Take the ‘A’ Train ....................... Strayhorn arr. Ernie Wilkins My Foolish Heart ...................Victor Young, arr. Dave Rivello Us ...........................................................................Thad Jones


Justin Binek, Honors Jazz Choir Conductor (Program to be selected from the following:)


Beloved ...........................................Daahoud, arr. Justin Binek Blue Skies .................................................. arr. Stephen Zegree Singin’ In The Rain/Umbrella ........................arr. Kerry Marsh There Is No Greater Love ............................... arr. Justin Binek Voice Dance II .....................................................Greg Jasperse Your Eyes ............................................ LaRue, arr. Justin Binek


Finale


NJ Honors Jazz Choir & All-State Jazz Ensemble TBA


Justin Binek is the Head of Vocal Jazz Stud-


ies at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where he directs the UArts Jazz Singers and Vox pop a cappella ensemble; teaches Jazz Impro- visation, Musicianship, and Applied Voice; and serves as a voice department concert coordinator, accompanist and vocal coach. Under his direction, the UArts Jazz Singers performed at the 2008 In-


ternational Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference in Bologna, Italy; the ensemble has also given feature performances at the Berks Jazz Festival, Ohio Jazz Summit, and the Delaware Music Educators Association and New Jersey Music Educators Association Conferences. Justin has also helped UArts develop relationships with the Liverpool Institute of Music and the Projazz Escuela Internacio- nal de Musica in Santiago, Chile. Justin also maintains an active jazz and classical performing schedule as a singer, pianist, and clinician/ adjudicator. He is an active arranger and composer whose works are published by Sound Music Publications. A contributing author to Di- ana Spradling’s groundbreaking book, Jazz Singing: Artistry and Craft, Justin presented “The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Scat Singers” at the 2008 International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, and at the 2008 ISME World Confer- ence. He has been the music director and conductor of the New Jersey Honors Jazz Choir since Fall 2007, and has directed numerous other state and region level jazz and classical honor choirs. Justin also serves on the faculty of the Halewynstichting Jazz Workshop in Dworp, Bel- gium, and the Pro Music Summer Camp in Tiffin, Ohio, and previ- ously served as the Director of Jazz and Choral Ensembles at the Uni- versity of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He holds a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance and Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Mary.


David Demsey, Jazz Ensemble Director David Demsey has been Professor of Music and


Coordinator of Jazz Studies at William Paterson Uni- versity since 1992, having formerly been a member of the music faculty, then Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine at Augusta for twelve years. A Boston area native with a bachelors degree


Thursday, November 7 , 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City


and


Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. NJ-PAC Prudential Hall


in music education from the University of Maine, he earned a Doctor- ate in Performance at the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in Saxophone from the Juilliard School, the only saxophonist to hold graduate degrees from these two schools. Demsey is equally active as a classical and a jazz performer. He was featured with the Metro- politan Opera and on tour with the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg. A member of the American Saxophone Quartet for a decade, he has premiered numerous solo and chamber works for saxophone. He was the National Anthem performer at the 2005 Baseball Hall of Fame In- duction Ceremony, at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Game in 2003 and 2005, for the Boston Red Sox, and regularly for the NBA New Jersey Nets. Demsey is a busy educator and author. Winner of the New Jersey Jazz Educator of the Year and William Paterson Alumni Association Faculty Service Awards, he is a Selmer Jazz and Classical Saxophone Clinician, and has been a guest performer, lecturer or con- ductor at over 90 universities, public schools, and festivals, including recent residencies in Nanjing and Hangzhou, China, and in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. He is Curator of the newly established Wil- liam Paterson University Living Jazz Archives, containing the archives of Clark Terry, Thad Jones and James Williams.


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