2014 Vocal Jazz Festival - Fox Fest

JazzFest Performers2014

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2013 Vocal Jazz Festival - Fox Fest

Groove4ThoughtThe seven singers of Groove for Thought will be the guest artists for the 2013 Fox Fest, SWCC's Vocal Jazz Fest, which is scheduled for February 22 and 23 at Southwestern Community College. 

Known most widely for their work on NBC’s hit television show, The Sing-Off, the seven singers of Groove for Thought have been blowing audiences away for more than 10 years. They will be headlining concerts each evening of Fox Fest at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at SWCC.  

Ticket information for the 7:30 p.m. evening concerts is located at www.vocaljazzfest.com.   

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2012 Vocal Jazz Festival - Fox Fest

Guest artists announced for 2012--The Four Freshman and Nancy King.  Fox Fest will be held Fri., February 24, and Sat., February 25, at Southwestern Community College's Creston campus

Read the news release for concert information.  Learn more about The Four Freshman and Nancy King.

The SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest, now known as Fox Fest, will encompass two full days of clinics and hands-on workshops.  High school and college ensembles from across the United States and Canada will participate in the festival.  For complete Jazz Festival information visit www.vocaljazzfest.com.

2011 Vocal Jazz Festival

New York VoicesCreston, IOWA—The New York Voices, a Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble, will headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 14th Annual Vocal Jazz Fest concerts on Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.

The New York Voices are renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing.  Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop influences are included with equal creativity and authenticity.  The New York Voices has traveled the globe and appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Austria Opera House, and The Zurich Opera House.

The SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest will encompass two full days of clinics and hands-on workshops.  High school and college ensembles from across the United States and Canada will participate in the festival.

For more information including the official ticket order form, please visit the “Registration” section of the SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest Web site at www.vocaljazzfest.com.  To pay for concert tickets by credit card, call 641.782.1448.

2010 Vocal Jazz Festival 
2009 Vocal Jazz Festival 

Festival Participants in Workshop SessionMore than 750 people from 10 states were on Southwestern Community College's campus Friday, February 20, and Saturday, February 21, for the 12th Annual SWCC Vocal Jazz Festival.  High school and college singing groups performed in the instructional center during the day, after which clinics were offered by Southwestern's music faculty.  Throughout the day, practical workshops were also presented.

SWCC Vocal Jazz GroupThe featured artists during the event were The Real Group - five singers from Stockholm, Sweden, who are considered to be among the best in the world at singing a cappella (unaccompanied) music.  The Real Group's two evening concerts, both sold-out or close to being sold-out, opened each evening with a few of SWCC's top vocal jazz groups.  The featured artists were brought back by standing ovation for three encore songs each evening.

Rieman Music of Creston/Des Moines was on-hand during the festival selling merchandise as was Hal Leonard, the world's largest music publishing company, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

In addition, every hotel in Creston was booked solid for three nights.

For more photos from this event, please visit SWCC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swcciowa!

The Real GroupSWCC Vocal Jazz Group Performing