Feb. 1, 2006 Music Department
Jazz vocalist, arranger, and music clinician Jennifer Barnes and music performer and arts educator Lynne Rothrock will be the featured guest clinicians for Morningside College’s Vocal Jazz Festival slated for Monday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue.
Two vocal jazz ensembles from Morningside College and nine vocal jazz ensembles from six high schools in Iowa and Nebraska will participate in the daylong workshop. Participating high schools include Aurelia Community School, Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School, Sioux City West High School, Spirit Lake High School, and Waukee High School in Iowa and Central High School in Omaha, Neb. The event is coordinated by Tim Watson, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Morningside.
Barnes is a highly sought-after jazz vocalist and music clinician. She has performed with such entertainers as Barry Manilow, Cy Coleman, Les Brown Jr., and Marilyn and Alan Bergman. She has opened for the Count Basie Orchestra and served as backup vocalist for Bono for the 2002 Grammy Awards. Her voice has been featured on television and radio commercials for Epson, Old El Paso, McDonald’s and Chili’s.
Barnes has conducted workshops and clinics at several music festivals in the United States and Canada including serving for five years on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camps. She taught vocal jazz ensembles at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, the University of Miami in Florida, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Illinois, and is currently the Lecturer in Jazz Voice at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
Rothrock, an Iowa native, has taught music and theatre at all age levels in Tennessee, Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington. She has been a guest educator and clinician for the Iowa Choral Director's Association, the Iowa Music Educators Conference, and at colleges throughout Iowa. She has served on the voice faculty of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., and the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She is currently on the voice faculty at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Rothrock holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and theatre from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a master's degree in voice from Western Michigan University.