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 Jazz 4 Justice 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.

Video by Mason Music alumni, David Scalea

CONCERTS – Spring 2020

  • Latin American Ensemble Global Discovery Trip to Brazil:  Friday, MAR 6 – Sunday, MAR 15th. (Performances and workshops at UNICAMP, Projeto GURI and more! Members of the MJVE perform. Details TBD) 
  • Big Band Jam:  Sat. APR 25 (Hosted by the Blues Alley Jazz Society, held at the Sylvan Theatre. Performances by the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Latin American Ensemble – Details TBD)  
  • Mason Jazz Vocal Night:  Monday, APR 27, 8pm (Center for the Arts) Purchase Tickets:  cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/mason-jazz-vocal-night
  • Law Day:  Friday, MAY 1, 4pm – 8pm (Weiner, Spivey and Miller Law Office)


  • Maria Schneider:  Early April – Day/Time TBD

Purchase at store.cdbaby.com/cd/masonjazzvocalensemble or e-mail Darden Purcell for hard copies.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS – Spring 2020 (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.