Grammy-nominated Dr. Jeremy Fox has degrees in Piano/Jazz Studies and in Jazz Composition. Jeremy served as a Visiting Professor of Jazz Voice at Indiana University, but has since returned as an instructor at The School for Music Vocations (www.SchoolForMusicVocations.com) in Creston, Iowa – the only 2-year specialized vocational music program in North America. Because of its vocational status, the SMV is allowed to teach unique classes that many music colleges cannot. This summer, Jeremy will coordinate his 17th Annual SMV Vocal Jazz Camps from July 12-18th (www.VocalJazzCamp.com). This is one of a few camps of its kind in the U.S., and last summer included 75 high school & college students and educators from twelve states and Canada. For ten summers, he has also coordinated 5-day retreats to empower music educators called the Jazz Harmony Retreat (www.JazzHarmonyRetreat.com). Jeremy also directs the annual SMV Real Group Festival – the only festival in the U.S. built around the Real Group. Jeremy has received 11 awards from Downbeat magazine, for Best Written Song, Best Arrangement, Studio Engineering, and for his vocal ensembles. Jeremy’s arrangements are published on his www.JeremyFox.net website, as well as with Alfred Music, Sheet Music Plus, Sound Music Publications and UNC Jazz Press.
Sean Fitzpatrick is a freelance studio singer (SAG-AFTRA), drummer, vocal percussionist, sound engineer, and educator in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, and a master’s degree in jazz studies from California Institute of the Arts.
With over 12 years of professional vocal and instrumental ensemble experience, Sean is a highly versatile musician and performer. Sean was a member of Pacific Chorale, Arf, Clarion Singers, and various contemporary a cappella ensembles. He also regularly performs as drummer and vocalist with his jazz duo “Just Friends”. At the Academy of Creative Education at Oakwood School in Hollywood, CA, he has held the position of lead sound engineer for over seven years.
He is also co-director of choral and vocal studies at Citrus College, working with vocal jazz, choral, and commercial music ensembles. He also taught at CSU Long Beach, Fullerton College, Long Beach City College, Musician’s Institute, and Orange County School of the Arts. In addition to his teaching position, he is an in-demand adjudicator and clinician.
Christine Helferich Guter is the Director of Vocal Jazz at California State University Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. She teaches private jazz voice lessons, solo jazz performance class, and has taught class jazz piano and jazz theory. She also directs the university’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Pacific Standard Time.
Christine’s ensembles have been honored with DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards for the past ten years in a row. They have performed numerous times at the most prestigious state, national, and international music conferences and festivals (JEN, IAJE, ACDA). They have also performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the Newport Beach Jazz Party, and the West Coast Jazz Party. Pacific Standard Time has competed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and taken first place in the Collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble division multiple times.
An extraordinary educator, Christine is active internationally as a lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician, and has conducted numerous All-State Jazz and Honor Jazz Choirs. Her honor groups have also been awarded with multiple DownBeat Student Music Awards. She has served on the board of ACDA Western Division and the California Choral Directors Association as Vocal Jazz Representative and is also proud to be on the board for the non-profit organization “Jazz Education Abroad.” Through this organization, she works as the jazz voice instructor for the Thailand Jazz Workshop in Bangkok. In 2018, Christine received the prestigious “Jazz Education Achievement Award” from DownBeat Magazine.
Christine also works extensively as a professional vocalist and studio singer. She performs frequently in LA and Orange County and has had the opportunity to perform with many legendary musicians including Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, and Lionel Hampton. As a studio singer, Christine has appeared on dozens of Hollywood soundtracks (Disney’s Mulan, Star Wars Rogue One, Sing!, Ready Player One, Star Trek Beyond, The Jungle Book, Jurassic World, Despicable Me 2, Spiderman 3) and has sung on several national commercial jingles (T-Mobile, Walmart, Microsoft). Christine is also the featured singer in Roger Treece’s educational books “Circle Songs” and “Musical Fluency.”
Ryan W. Holder is currently in his 15th year as the Associate Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ), where he directs the Women's Chorale, Northern Voices and High Altitude vocal jazz ensembles, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and choral methods, supervises choral student teachers, serves as the adviser for the NAU student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the three contemporary a cappella groups. In addition, he is the coordinator of the annual Jazz/Madrigal festival, which brings in over 120 high schools every year.
Dr. Holder has given lectures and presentations at local, state, and regional ACDA and NAfME conventions, including a lecture on "Making the Transition from Classical to Vocal Jazz”. His vocal jazz ensembles have also been invited to perform throughout the Southwest, including performances at state and regional ACDA conferences, and was one of only three vocal jazz ensembles selected to perform at the 2012 Jazz Educators Network Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ryan recently served as the Arizona State ACDA President as well as the ACDA National Committee on Educational Technology. He also serves as the director of music at The Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona where he is the founding artistic director of the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.
Dr. Holder received his DMA degree from the University of Miami in addition to bachelors and masters degrees from Southern Oregon University and University of Northern Colorado, respectively.
Ian Brekke is a vocalist, educator, arranger, and vocal percussionist. A Minnesota native, he grew up in a Lutheran choral tradition that has since blossomed into a career involving all varieties of vocal music. He currently serves as a tenured faculty member at Las Positas College, leading the Choral & Vocal Studies program, Music Technology, Applied Studies, and as the Music Department Co-Coordinator. He directs the LPC Chamber Choir and “Vocal East,” the top vocal ensembles on campus. Ian holds degrees from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, Sacramento State University, and the School for Music Vocations in Creston, IA.