Get JazzED Vocal Day is a one day event for middle and high school students to learn about and experience first hand the vocal aspects of the jazz genre, and work with professional jazz musicians.  Jazz experience not required.

The event is open to all schools free of charge.  For registration information contact Event Chair Shannon Sunday at

2018 GJ Vocal Day:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Exeter School District, building TBA


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MARIA DAMORE is a vocalist/actress known for her versatility in singing jazz, musical theatre, pop, opera, and Greek folk music. She holds a BA from Immaculata College, MSA from West Chester University, and graduate credit through the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah University. Certified in Somatic Voicework: The LoVetri MethodTM, Maria teaches voice students in her home studio. In 2014, Maria released Moonglow, an eclectic mix of jazz standards and Broadway tunes. She has been featured in Classical Singer magazine for her work in jazz opera for children, and will be competing in the 2018 American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA.

PATRICK DORIANDistinguished Professor Emeritus of Music, was a member of the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Music Department from 1987 through 2013. In 2010, he was awarded the highest faculty honor, the preeminent rank of Distinguished Professor of Music. He taught courses in jazz studies and film music and was the liaison to the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection. He is the author and reviewer of many professional journal articles, chapters in several books, and CD insert booklets. Professor Dorian’s long-time experience as a concert band and jazz ensemble director make him a sought-after evaluator and adjudicator at many university and high school festivals, including the Clark Terry/University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival (for 19 years) and the University of Missouri at St. Louis Jazz Festival. He is an active guest conductor and co-conducted the 2016 Berks All Star Jazz Choir with jazz legend Bob Dorough. In academic year 2016-2017, he presented jazz pedagogy masterclasses for teachers and music education students at SUNY Fredonia, Bridgewater State College (MA), and the Penn State University School of Music. His biography is included in Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary by David R. Hickman et al. (2013). It outlines Professor Dorian’s accomplished teaching career, in addition to his performing and recording careers, especially as a long-time member of the big bands of NEA Jazz Masters Phil Woods and David Liebman. He has toured internationally, with performances at major jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and concert halls. He is the author of the comprehensive CD insert booklets for Phil Woods Works for Saxophone by the Celebration Sax Quartet; Live at the Deer Head Inn – Bob Dorough Trio & Special Guests; Sea Jam Blues; and Duets. Professor Dorian performed on two Grammy-nominated CDs (Celebration!, Phil Woods & the COTA Festival Orchestra, 1997; Beyond the Line, David Liebman Big Band [DLBB] under the direction of Gunnar Mossblad, 2003). He also performed on the DLBB DVD and CD LIVE . . . As Always (2011), under the direction of Gunnar Mossblad (filmed and recorded in Denver). Recently released recordings include New Celebration by Phil Woods and the COTA Festival Orchestra, Tomorrow’s Expectations by the DLBB, and A Tribute to Wayne Shorter by the DLBB. He continues to record and tour with the DLBB as they perform masterworks by John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. Professor Dorian is a member of the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band and has recently performed with Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, John Pizzarelli, the Four Freshmen, and the Temptations. In June 2007, Professor Dorian was presented with the Great Teacher Award by the ESU Alumni Association. In October 2007, he was inducted into the East Stroudsburg Area School District Music Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the Fred Waring Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and the Community. Professor Dorian holds degrees from Northwestern University (MM Performance) and Ithaca College (BM Performance and Music Education) and taught instrumental music in public schools for 14 years.

NEAL KIRKWOOD is a composer, pianist, vibraphonist, bandleader and arranger for the Neal Kirkwood Octet, the Chromatic Persuaders, and the Discovery Orchestra. He has been awarded numerous commissions, including a 2000 New York State Council on the Arts Commission for “The Future of Futurism” for jazz orchestra, and a 2007 New York State Music Fund commission for “Village Songs” and composed many scores for theater and dance productions. He holds a master’s degree in composition from Mannes College of Music, and lives in New York City. He has performed and recorded with Pony Poindexter, Lindsey Horner, Mike Clark, Bobby Previte, Mark Feldman, and Michel Hermon. In the theater he has worked Jim Neu, Ralph Lee, Joseph Chaikin, Anne Bogart, the Talking Band, Otrabanda Company, and Louise Smith. He has released four CDs as a leader: The Neal Kirkwood Octet, The Chromatic Persuaders, and Extrospection on Timescraper Records, and a solo piano CD “Time’s Circle” on Present Eye Music. For more information, visit this artist’s website at

ERIN MALLOY has been singing and dancing since the age of four. Growing up in Scranton, she studied dance at Ballet Theatre of Scranton and performed with many local theatres. At eighteen, she moved to New York City to pursue her professional career. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and began touring the US in “A Chorus Line” as Maggie. Since then she has performed at many well-known regional theatres such as Arena Stage (Washington, DC), Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) and many more. She last toured America with the legendary Ann-Margret in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. She has sung back up for many well-known singers such as Beyonce and Josh Groban. She is thrilled to be teaching for Arts Alive here in her hometown.

MARKO MARCINKO: During his years in the music industry, Marko Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician playing drum set, percussion, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, and trombone. He has also served as a studio session player, arranger, musical director, and producer for numerous commercial jingles, indie-films and off-Broadway, club and theater engagements. Born in Archbald, Pennsylvania, Marcinko studied technique with drumming master Joe Morello and continued his training at the University of Miami (FL) where he studied classical, jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban styles under professors Fred Wickstrom, Steve Bagby, Steve Rucker, Harry Hawthorne, and Ney Resaro. Marcinko toured and recorded with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson in the mid-90’s and with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman as a member of the Dave Liebman Group 2000-2014. He currently works with the Grammy nominated Dave Liebman Big Band and the Organik Vibe Trio featuring Joel Frahm, Ron Oswanski, and multi-Grammy award winning vibraphonist Dave Samuels. He is founder and artistic director of the PA Jazz Alliance and the Scranton Jazz Festival, and has served as a consultant, clinician and adjudicator throughout the world. Over the past 25 years, he has performed with Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Bob Dorough, Red Rodney, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Mulgrew Miller, Mike Stern, Kurt Elling, Tierney Sutton, Janis Siegel, Terell Stafford, Joe Lovano, Anthony Jackson, Mike Stern, and Will Lee; and with popular musicians and entertainers including John Legend, Jon Secada, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno, Connie Francis, Joe Piscopo, Don Rickles, Melba Moore, Juan Gabriel, Clay Aiken, Bob Newhart, and Nicol Williamson. For more information, visit this artist’s website at

A product of the Berks County jazz scene from the time of his youth, ANDY MOHLER is an up-and-coming musician and educator in the Southeast Pennsylvania area.  Mohler grew up as an active participant in many of the music opportunities that Berks County had and continues to offer.  His education and career have taken him many places since, including studies at Temple University, The Conservatory of Amsterdam, and finally Cincinnati College-Coservatory of Music.  Mohler has had the privilege of performing in a host of US cities and states, as well as Germany, The Netherlands, and Russia.  He has shared the stage with such greats as Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Jimmy Health, Jon Faddis, Phil Woods, Maria Schneider, John Riley, Dennis Edwards (The Temptations), and Aretha Franklin to name a few.  Currently, he holds a position as an Adjunct Instructor of Music Technology courses at Temple University, and also serves as the Jazz Band Director for Council Rock High School South in Bucks County.  In addition, he actively performs on a regular basis with a number of different bands and groups, and maintains a studio of private students.

ELIZABETH RADIGONDA is an assistant professor at the University of the Arts. She graduated from the University of the Arts with a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in December of 2007. In January of 2008, she joined the music faculty and currently teaches Musicianship, Jazz Musicianship, Jazz Vocal Improvisation, private lessons, and runs the Jazz Singers Ensemble. She was published in the Fall 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educators Journal and is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Outside of the University of the Arts, Elizabeth maintains an active private teaching and coaching studio specializing in everything from classical to pop and rock. In 2009, she formed the Elizabeth Ross Quintet and regularly performs throughout the Philadelphia area. She has performed with the John Clarke Little Big Band, Here/Now, Pat Hart and the Fly Kicks, as a core member of the choir at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, the Philly Pops Festival Chorus, the Hoppin’ John Orchestra, and the Loose Cannon Band. In 2006, Elizabeth performed as a member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh under the direction of famous choral director Robert Page. While in the choir, she performed Verdi’s “Requiem” conducted by Gilbert Levine and performed “The Lord of the Rings Suite” conducted by the composer Howard Shore with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Pianist SKIP WILKINS has an active international career as a pianist, composer, workshop presenter, jazz choral director and educator. He is working on his thirteenth and fourteenth CD releases as a leader or co-leader and has performed with a host of international luminaries throughout his career. He performed often with Phil Woods, and is a featured soloist on Phil’s final big band release New Celebration. Wherever he has lived, he has performed with and collaborated with top stars whenever they came to town – Phil Woods, David Liebman, Plas Johnson, Mark Murphy, Clark Terry, David Sánchez, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Watson, Bob Dorough, Conte Candoli and Peter Erskine, among so many others. Skip performs throughout Europe in a variety of ensembles, with regular tours to the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Greece and France. Stateside, he lives at Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA, surrounded by the great jazz community there. Skip is Associate Professor of Music at Lafayette College, where he teaches music theory and jazz courses, and teaches jazz piano at Moravian College. Some of Skip’s CD releases include Trio WUH Live at Jazzinec (2014), Czech Dreams (2013), Father & Son – with his son Daniel (2012), After (2011), I Concentrate on You (2011), Frýdlant Nights (2010), and many more. A spring 2018 release and concert tour is planned for his recent project, Czech Wishes – recorded with his son Daniel in Prague in March 2016. In December in the U.S., he will record a new set of less well-known standards from the canon of great American songs with his son Daniel, paired with Tony Marino and Bill Goodwin. In January of 2018, he will record a new set of his original pieces, primarily in trio format, in Prague with his long-time collaborators Josef Fečo and Tomáš Hobzek. They will be joined by saxophonist Rostislav Fraš on various selections. Each summer since 2007, Skip has directed the jazz singers at the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop in Frýdlant, Czech Republic, has often led the Jazz Ateliér at the Summer Choral Workshop in Lomnice u Tišnova, and twice taught at the International Jazz Workshop, Kryoneri, Greece.  For more information on Skip, visit his website at