Headshot of Jeremy Fox, clinicianJeremy Fox

Grammy-nominated Dr. Jeremy Fox is a highly in-demand clinician, presenting clinics and serving as guest conductor of All-State choral and instrumental ensembles throughout the U.S. and Canada.  He 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 University of Miami. Jeremy served for one year as a Visiting Professor of Jazz Voice at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, but has since returned as a full-time instructor at The School for Music Vocations (www.SchoolForMusicVocations.com) or the SMV, the only 2-year specialized vocational music program in North America. This summer in 2020, Jeremy will coordinate his 18th Annual SMV Vocal Jazz Camps (www.VocalJazzCamp.com). And for ten summers, he has also coordinated in-person and online retreats to empower students and music educators called the Jazz Harmony Retreat (www.JazzHarmonyRetreat.com).  And for the past three years, Jeremy has directed an annual vocal/choral festival which has drawn educators, ensembles, and students to Iowa from most states in the United States. 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. His arrangement of “All My Tomorrows” featuring Kate McGarry was nominated for “Best Arrangement – Instruments and Vocals” at the 57th Annual Grammy™ Awards. 


Sean FitzpatrickSean

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.

headshot of Cindy Dicken, clinician Christine Guter

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.” 

Matt Falker

Matt Falker

Kawai artist Matt Falker is a jazz and gospel pianist, vocalist, arranger and clinician. He distributes music through his own publishing company, Matfal Music, and many of Matt’s vocal arrangements are also published by Sound Music
Publications, Sheet Music Plus, and JW Pepper. Matfal Music also runs a series of one-day vocal jazz workshops for teachers and students called the Vocal Jazz Academy, with five scheduled 2021 locations around the United States. Matt is on full-time faculty at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, where he directs the Downbeat award-winning Frequency vocal jazz program and teaches theory and piano classes. He also has taught private jazz voice at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. He is the founder and director of the Oceanside Jazz Festival, a non-competitive vocal jazz festival hosted at MiraCosta.

Matt has directed All-State Jazz Choirs in states such as Washington, Nebraska, Iowa, and Colorado. Matt was one of a select group of teachers chosen as a quarter-finalist for the GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award. He currently teaches piano and arranging for Jeremy Fox’s “Jazz Harmony Retreat”. Matt was also the musical director and baritone singer for professional vocal jazz ensemble True North. Matt’s most recent albums include his solo CD ‘Playpen’ featuring his singing, playing, and writing, and the True North CD ‘Voyage’. In 2019, he presented a performance of his music at the International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki, Finland.


Ryan HoweRyan Howe

Ryan Howe currently serves as a full-time faculty at the School for Music Vocations (SMV) in Creston, IA, where he has taught for 8 of the last 11 years. From 2004-2008 he attended Mansfield University for Music Education and Vocal Performance before moving to Iowa to study at the SMV in the curriculum designed by the legendary Phil Mattson. In summer of 2009 Ryan graduated Mansfield University with his Bachelors in Vocal Performance and returned to the SMV as an adjunct faculty. Over the years Ryan served the program in a variety of roles, regularly directing the Concert Choir, the vocal jazz ensemble Audio Radiance, various instrumental ensembles, and a variety of classes including Music Theory, Recording Arts, Improvisation, fundamentals of jazz piano, and jazz voice.

From 2014-2016 he served as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas Vocal Jazz department while pursuing his Masters in Jazz Studies, where he taught privately, directed ensembles, and served as a Songwriting and Vocal Arranging TA. In 2016 he resumed teaching at the SMV. For the last decade, Ryan has worked extensively as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the midwest, presented at the JEN jazz conference, and for the past nine years has served on the staff for the SMV Summer Vocal Jazz Workshops, teaching improvisation and serving as head sound technician. 


Michelle MailhotMichelle Mailhot

Michelle is known for a string of solo credits — including this  soundtrack for the "Marvelous Ms. Maisel" Season 3- and has performed to sold out cabaret shows celebrating Tin Pan Alley, Blossom Dearie, Johnny Mercer, Dorothy Fields, etc. She produced and performed in an off Broadway Drama Desk Award winning show in New York City called Toxic Audio: Loudmouth. She also has received accolades on her solo album Happy Madness and performs regularly at Walt Disney World and festivals around the country and the world.

Michelle has been singing professionally for the last 25 years, sharing the stage with jazz greats like Mel Tormé, Sheila Jordan,  Max Roach, Jon Faddis, Sandy Patti, Dr. Billy Taylor and Liza Minelli. In addition to her own CD, she can be heard on Bobby McFerrin’s album Vocabularies and several Disney produced recordings. Michelle has also been a session singer for radio and television commercials. Locally, she has sung for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently a featured vocalist with the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra.

Michelle’s teaching credentials are equally as lengthy and impressive. She has earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees and currently provides jazz instruction at Rollins and Valencia Colleges. She has taught at the Phil Mattson Choral Workshops, the Disney Sings Workshops and Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camps. Her work as a clinician and adjudicator has taken her from choral festivals such as Showstoppers, Orlando Fest to similar events in Japan and Singapore. Her vocal arrangements are performed by high school, college and professional ensembles around the world.