Ian Brekke is a vocalist, educator, arranger, and vocal percussionist. A Minnesota native, he grew up in the Lutheran choral tradition that has blossomed into a career involving all varieties of vocal music. In addition to performing regularly in the bay area, Ian serves as the Director of Choral & Vocal Studies, the Director of the Music Technology Program, and the Music Department Co-Coordinator at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA. He leads both the Chamber Choir and “Vocal East,” the top vocal groups on campus. Each semester his young department continues its upward trajectory towards becoming a major musical force in northern California. Ian previously earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance from Sacramento State University, and an Associate’s Degree in Music from The School for Music Vocations in Creston, IA.
Throughout his collegiate career Ian received multiple Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards in both vocal and arranging categories. He has performed at many nationally recognized events including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the American Choral Directors Association National and Regional Conferences, and the Reno Jazz Festival. Ian recently served on the ACDA California Board of Directors as the vocal jazz representative and is also a very active member of JEN, CMEA, and CAJ. He has presented several workshops on vocal jazz, arranging, music technology, vocal percussion, and music theory and is regularly sought after as a guest clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, conductor, and commissioned arranger. Ian and his wife Katrina – the choral director at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA – live a happy life in beautiful Livermore, CA, with about 40 wineries no less than 10 minutes from their front door.
Cindy Dicken is an internationally renowned performer, educator and director. She is currently a full-time instructor of music at Western Oregon University where she is the head of the vocal portion of the American Vernacular Music program. Cindy finished her Master of Music degree at the University of North Texas in Jazz Studies in December 2015 following a career as a full time musician in Los Angeles, CA, for 18 years. She has worked as a session singer on over 50 films such as Spider-Man 1-3, Armageddon, Star Trek, Wall-E, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Ice Age, and was one of five featured a cappella singers on the score of the TV show, Glee. She has also been featured onscreen and on the score of TV shows such as Nip/Tuck, The Drew Carey Show, How I Met Your Mother, The Simpsons and Ally McBeal.
Cindy also had the opportunity to sing on albums for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Linkin Park, Michael Bubleand Richard Carpenter. She has sung on commercials for Visa, True Value Hardware, Burger King and The Walt Disney Company, as well as countless publishing demos for The Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. Some other career highlights were singing for Danny Elfman’s wedding at the Los Angeles Cathedral, assistant directing a children’s choir for Linkin Park’s concert in Los Angeles, and singing on the Oscars broadcast hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, which included singing backup for Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson.
She is also a member of the award winning a cappella vocal sextet, Sixth Wave, with whom she had the honor of opening for and performing with Imogen Heap on her concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 2010, as well as winning the National A Cappella Harmony Sweepstakes in 2001.
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 California State University Long Beach, and a master's degree in jazz studies from California Institute of the Arts.
Sean has over 10 years of professional vocal ensemble experience including Pacific Chorale and Clarion Singers. He is also the Director of Concert Production and lead sound engineer at the Academy of Creative Education at Oakwood School, Hollywood, CA.
At CSU Long Beach, Sean is the director of vocal jazz ensemble II (Jazz & Tonic), and he teaches theory, musicianship, and piano classes. He also teaches at Fullerton College, Long Beach City College, and Orange County School of the Arts. Sean has studied with Joe La Barbera, Christine Guter, Aaron Serfaty, Dr. Katharine Rundus, Marvellee Cariaga, and John Byun.
Grammy-nominated arranger Dr. Jeremy Fox earned his B.M. degree in Piano-Jazz Studies
from Western Michigan University, and his M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Composition from
the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. For 8 years, Jeremy was a full-time
instructor at The School for Music Vocations, conducting vocal and instrumental ensembles
alongside renowned arrangers Phil Mattson and Jason Smith. He is thrilled to have
returned to teach full time at The School for Music Vocations. Jeremy has been the
recipient of 10 awards from Downbeat magazine, including ones for: Jazz Song, Jazz
Arrangement, Studio Engineering, and for his Vocal Jazz Groups.
His charts have been premiered and recorded by such groups as Gold Company and GCII from Western Michigan University, Singcopation from Mount San Antonio College, Form from the University of Edmonton, Soundsation from Edmonds Community College, Folsom High School Jazz Choir I, Fairview High School Age of Guinevere, and the University of Miami’s JV1 and Extensions.
His orchestral, chamber and big band music has been performed for such artists as: John Secada, Theo Bleckmann, Terence Blanchard, m-pact, Cadence, and Metropolitan Opera singers Eric Owens and Denyce Graves. Twice in 2013, he conducted and was musical director for a concert of "Bossa Nova Sinfónico" with the Costa Rican National Orchestra and Brazilian singer Rose Max. He has also twice acted as the guest conductor for the famed Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Orchestra, based in Miami.
Jeremy is active each year as a clinician, presenting most recently at the national convention for the American Choral Directors Association. He has also presented at the Jazz Education Network National Conference, as well as at state MENC and ACDA Conventions. He has served on the faculty of the UNT Vocal Jazz Camp and the Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp. Jeremy has served as guest conductor of Honors and All-State choirs and vocal jazz ensembles throughout the U.S. and Canada.
His arrangement of "All My Tomorrows" featuring orchestra and Kate McGarry was nominated for "Best Arrangement – Instruments and Vocals" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Jazz singer and pianist Kate Reid appears as a duo and with her trio and quartet at jazz venues in the Los Angeles and Miami areas. Kate can be heard performing with Miami pianists Martin Bejerano and Tal Cohen, guitarist John Hart and trumpet player John Daversa and his Progressive Big Band. She is a featured performer presented by the Miami Jazz Co-op. Kate has worked with many of the great jazz musicians in southern California including guitarists Ron Eschete and Larry Koonse, trumpeter and composer John Daversa, drummers Roy McCurdy and Jamey Tate. Kate’s latest CD, The Love I’m In features tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist Otmaro Ruiz.
Reid is a working studio/session singer in Los Angeles. Her film credits include Tinkerbell: Legend of the Neverbeast, Planes, and Star Trek Into Darkness.
She has lent her voice to network television series, commercial spots for Ace Hardware, T-Mobile, Suntory Whiskey and backing vocals for artists MUSE, X Japan and Josh Groban. Kate co-authored the GLEE Vocal Method book for Hal Leonard publishing with producer/author Andy Waterman of Umbrella Media.
Dr. Kate Reid is associate professor of jazz voice in the Studio Music and Jazz department
and Director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of
Music. Reid earned a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, a M.M.
and D.M.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.