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 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.”
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.