Jazz Vocal Ensemble
The Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Darden Purcell, is the award-winning vocal group of George Mason University. Founded in 2014, this group has performed at Jazz4Justice concerts, Mason Jazz Vocal Nights, Go Green Gala, Law Day, George Mason University Men’s basketball games, Kansas City Jazz Summit, JENerations Jazz Festival, were a featured collegiate group at the 2018 JEN conference in Dallas, TX and ACCENT Vocal Festival at Tiffin University.
Members of the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble have been featured with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, directed by Tony Maiello, the Mason Jazz Ensemble and Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jim Carroll, the Capitol Bones All-Brass Big Band, directed by Matt Niess and as back-up vocalists for Indie pop star, Ben Folds with the National Symphony Orchestra (Wolf Trap), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Beach Symphony. The MJVE shared the stage with The New York Voices, The Manhattan Transfer and ACCENT.
FALL 2021 CONCERTS
- NOV 15, 8pm: Mason Jazz Vocal Night – Center for the Arts. Purchase tickets:
- NOV 20, 8pm: Jazz4Justice 20th Anniversary Concert! Center for the Arts – Purchase tickets: cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/jazz-4-justice-8482/
- DEC 10, 8pm: American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops (director, Tony Maiello) – Hylton Performing Arts Center. Purchase Tickets: hylton.calendar.gmu.edu/american-festival-pops-orchestra-holiday-pops/
- DEC 11, 8pm: American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops (director, Tony Maiello) – Center for the Arts. Purchase Tickets: cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/american-festival-pops-orchestra/
- DEC 22, 7:30pm: The Capitol Bones All Brass Big Band presents: A Stan Kenton Christmas – Union Stage, Washington DC. Purchase Tickets: www.unionstage.com/shows/the-capitol-bones-all-brass-big-band-presents-a-stan-kenton-christmas-with-the-darden-purcell-singers/
- FEB 23-26, 2022: American Choral Directors Association Southern Region Conference – Raleigh, NC. The MJVE will be a demonstration choir for Dr. Darden Purcell’s presentation.
Ensemble Auditions (current Mason students)
- Vocalists: Sing one song of your choice (jazz preferred), sight-read a solo musical line and sing a brief tonal melody test. Please bring your own musical accompaniment/backing track for either iPod, Phone or CD player.
- Visit the SEATING PLACEMENT AUDITIONS page to sign up for an audition.
- If all audition slots are filled, please e-mail Dr. Darden Purcell.