The Ithaca College Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JVE), directed by John W. White, has a long and rich history of music making in New York state. The group’s repertoire spans many styles within the jazz tradition, including a cappella and accompanied works in swing, Latin, contemporary, and funk styles, among others.
Established in the 1970s by the late David Riley, distinguished professor of Music Education, over the years the JVE has included numerous members that went on to establish successful careers in the music profession. In the mid-1980s, Dave Riley’s direction brought the IC-JVE international acclaim—which included a 1986 performance tour of high-profile European Jazz festivals—and his teaching provided training for many jazz educators and performers, including three founding members of the Grammy Award winning New York Voices.
Historically, the IC Jazz Vocal Ensemble has consisted of approximately 10-20 vocalists (varying as appropriate). The singers are accompanied by a rhythm section and occasionally horns. The group is a campus-wide ensemble, with membership available to graduate and undergraduate students, regardless of major. (Please note that all interested vocalists, even previous members, must sign up for an audition. For information about auditioning for the 2017-2018 year, please see the Auditions–Fall 2017 page.)
► NEW FOR 2017–2018! An additional ensemble has been created for this coming year called Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble (JVRE). As compared to the Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JVE), which will be limited to 12 select singers and specialize in advanced repertoire (levels IV-VI), the Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble (JVRE) will focus on more foundational jazz choir repertoire (levels I-IV, higher as appropriate) and be open to any student who can qualify by audition. Class meeting is two hours per week; membership will not be limited to a set number. For more information about the JVRE, see the separate page "Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble."
Numerous concerts both on and off campus are scheduled for the 2017-18 school year. Additional performances, mostly off campus, are currently under negotiation (so stay tuned). A special performance is being planned for the opening night (July 31) of the 2017 New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp to be held on the IC campus in early August, 2017.
SELECT UPCOMING PERFORMANCES (rev. 6.15.17):
Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JVE)
• July 31, 2017, 8:00pm, OPENING CONCERT, New York Voices Vocal
Jazz Camp, Ford Auditorium, Ithaca College
• November 3, 2017, TBD: public performance in downtown Ithaca as part
of the Ithaca College 125th Anniversary celebration (details still under
• December 9, 2017, 8:15pm: PEOPLE; PLACES; PIECES!
Winter concert in Ford Auditorium, Ithaca College; webcast
• April 21, 2018, 8:15pm: [Theme to be announced]
Spring concert in Ford Auditorium, Ithaca College; webcast
Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble (JVRE)
• December 11, 2017, 7:00pm: Winter concert in Hockett Recital Hall,
Ithaca College; webcast
• April 30, 2018, 7:00pm: Spring concert in Hockett Recital Hall,
Ithaca College; webcast