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 (for Representative Don Byer), Law Day (for Virginia State Bar president Ed Weiner), George Mason University Men’s basketball games, Kansas City Jazz Summit and the JENerations Jazz Festival and were a featured group at the 2018 JEN conference in Dallas.

Members of the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble have had the privilege of being featured with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, directed by Tony Maiello, the Mason Jazz Ensemble and Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jim Carroll and singing back-up vocals for Indie pop star, Ben Folds with the National Symphony Orchestra (Wolf Trap), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Myerhoff Center) and Virginia Beach Symphony (Sandler Center).

Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble “Voice of Reason” CD promo. Video by Mason Music alumnus, David Scalea.

CONCERTS – Fall 2018  

  • Sunday, August 26, 4pm: Mason Jazz Welcome Back Party (de laski 3001) – Mandatory for Majors (undergraduate and graduate). Strongly encouraged for Jazz minors and those participating in Jazz ensembles. Performance by your Jazz faculty and hang. (Dinner provided)
  • Saturday, September 29, 8pm:  Manhattan Transfer (Center for the Arts) – Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble to perform with the AFPO and Manhattan Transfer. Purchase Tickets 
  • Friday, November 16, 8pm:  Jazz 4 Justice (Hylton Performing Arts Center) – Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, November 17, 8pm:  Jazz 4 Justice (Center for the Arts) – Purchase Tickets
  • Wednesday, November 28, 8pm:  Mason Jazz Vocal Night (Center for the Arts) – Purchase Tickets
  • Friday, December 7, 8pm:  American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops (Hylton Performing Arts Center) – Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, December 8, 8pm:  American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops (Center for the Arts) – Purchase Tickets


IMG_0983The Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble one of two groups awarded “Outstanding Ensemble” at the Kansas City Jazz Summit, April 2016, hosted by John Stafford at KCKCC. “Outstanding Musicianship” awards were also given to Kyra Larson, Sarah Moyers, Huy Ngo and Khanh Ngo.