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Vijay Singh is an active performer, composer, teacher, conductor, and clinician residing in Ellensburg, Washington where he is Professor of Music at Central Washington University. A graduate of Willamette University (B. M. Ed/Clarinet & Voice) and Portland State University (Masters in Choral Conducting/Vocal Performance), he has been rapidly gaining international attention for his eclectic musical compositions, performances, workshops, and conducting appearances. Vijay’s teaching experiences have included work at public secondary schools, community college, and university levels. He currently teaches voice, choral arranging, jazz pedagogy, directs the University Chorale, and award-winning CWU Vocal Jazz 1, and oversees the vocal jazz program (3 jazz choirs). Vijay’s student ensembles at CWU have been honored as some of the finest in the nation with invitations to perform at prestigious national IAJE, MENC, and ACDA conventions. Vocal Jazz 1 performed at the national ACDA conference in Chicago, IL March 11, 2011, and most recently, at the 2013 national Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Atlanta, GA. As a composer, Vijay writes for all levels in both the classical choral and jazz idioms. His compositions (over 170 currently in print) are widely available from a number of publishers and he often writes on commission for some of North America’s finest ensembles. Vijay’s “MASS with Orchestra” received it’s world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York City May 30th, 2011.
An active performer, Vijay has appeared as featured bass-baritone soloist with such notable groups as Male Ensemble Northwest, Choral Cross Ties, the Oregon Symphony, the Robert Shaw Chorale, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Clark Terry, the Disciples of Groove, and as a member of the award-winning a cappella jazz quartet Just 4 Kicks. He has appeared in professional opera and musical theatre productions, and maintains an active career in oratorio, recital, and contemporary music.
Vijay served 4 years as National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Jazz Choirs in the American Choral Director’s Association and is in demand as a guest conductor of All-State and Honors choirs. He has conducted All-State choirs in over twenty-five states and has the distinction of conducting both All-State Concert Choirs and Jazz Choirs within the same year. Vijay has served as adjudicator/jurist at international festivals in Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. The recent recipient of a thirteenth ASCAP Composer’s Award, Vijay is also a member of ACDA, MENC/NAfME, ASCAP, JEN and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
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