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Jess Baldwin Quartet at Jazz & Rib Fest
Jul
17
3:00 pm15:00

Jess Baldwin Quartet at Jazz & Rib Fest

  • Jazz & Rib Fest

You can find my quartet at this year's Jazz & Rib Fest in Columbus, Ohio. I'll be on the Jazz Cafe stage from 3-4:30 PM on Friday, July 17. Admission is free. 

A JBQ performance is a jazz-influenced homage to the many genres I enjoy, including originals and arrangements of songs from artists like Björk, Weezer, Bach, Samuel Barber, and more. Here's a taste of our sound:

CCM Institute
Jul
21
Jul 23

CCM Institute

  • Shenandoah University

I'll be attending my 6th CCM Institute at Shenandoah University, studying under master teacher Jeannette LoVetri. I completed my certification in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method in 2009, and was completely floored by how much my teaching and singing improved after that first summer. I was hooked. I've been taking post-certification courses and going more in-depth with Jeanie's method ever since. I can't recommend it enough for singers and anyone who works with them, especially if you're working in multiple genres.

WVACDA Chamber Choir Auditions
Nov
14
9:00 am09:00

WVACDA Chamber Choir Auditions

  • Alderson Broaddus University

Every year, I take my top high school students to audition for the West Virginia All-State Chamber Choir, organized by the WV chapter of the ACDA. Only 8 singers on each voice part are selected for a total of 64 singers. The music is difficult and requires several weeks of preparation outside of the music students are already working on in their choral programs. Students sing excerpts from the concert's program, sight read, and complete ear training tests. See the names of those who've been previously selected on the Student Accolades page.

WVACDA Conference
Jan
28
Jan 30

WVACDA Conference

  • Charleston Civic Center

The WVACDA Conference features continuing education for me and performances for my students. The All-State Chamber Choir, the MS/JR High All-State Choir, and the Collegiate Honor Choir all rehearse and perform as a part of the event. Their final concert is on Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium. It's definitely the highlight of the conference, and is open to the public. The students who perform always feel it is a major high point in their singing experiences.

WVMEA Conference
Mar
10
Mar 12

WVMEA Conference

  • Charleston Civic Center

In addition to providing continuing education for music educators, WVMEA organizes the Solo & Ensemble event that my students regularly participate in. After performing for a regional adjudicator in Parkersburg, students may be asked to submit a recording of their solo to the state committee, at which point they can be selected to sing on the state recital at the WVMEA conference. It's a big honor to be selected to make a recording, and an even bigger honor to make it to the recital. See the students who have received those honors.

Buckeye NATS Auditions
Apr
2
9:00 am09:00

Buckeye NATS Auditions

  • Bowling Green State University

Every chapter of NATS sponsors a day when students can sing either classical and/or musical theatre selections for three different teachers from their chapter and get feedback. Students sing at least three pieces in the lower levels, with higher levels singing more. Students are divided by gender and grade level. The day's three best singers in each division are awarded a cash prize, and first place winners perform in a recital at the end of the day. It's a great opportunity for students to hear students outside their familiar circles and to get fresh feedback from someone other than their usual teacher. 

Cabaret Night at People's Bank Theatre
Apr
30
7:00 pm19:00

Cabaret Night at People's Bank Theatre

  • People's Bank Theatre

My quintet will perform as part of the newly restored People's Bank Theatre Cabaret series. The event will take place entirely on the stage with table seating, wine, and light hors d'oeuvres.

An evening with the JBQ is a jazz-influenced homage to the many genres I enjoy, including originals and arrangements of songs from artists like Björk, Weezer, Bach, Samuel Barber, and more. Here's a taste of our sound:


Jess Baldwin Quintet in the Evergreen A&H Series
May
10
3:00 pm15:00

Jess Baldwin Quintet in the Evergreen A&H Series

  • Washington State Community College

I'll present an afternoon of my favorite music with Andy Hall, Steven Heffner, Ryan Kennedy, and Sean Parsons as part of the Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series at Washington State Community College. 

Contact Tanya Wilder at 740-885-5687 / twilder@wscc.edu for seat pass reservations.

About the band:

Andy Hall honed his drumming chops through five summers with the award-winning Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as drum captain from 1988-1990. He founded Groove Project, a West African drum and dance ensemble, which received the Artsbridge Founder's Award.  Andy has played with many groups in his native Mid-Ohio Valley including Maybelogic, Pole, Mokshya, Funk Pump, Vinnie Mele and the Lubricators, and Waterwagon. By day, he's the Senior Interactive Designer at Stonewall Retail Marketing in Marietta, Ohio.

Bassist Steven Heffner is a seasoned educator and performer having performed with many great artists including Todd DelGuidice, Rob Tapper, Joe Kloess and Arnie Coruthers as well as names such as Arthur Duncan, Hal Galper, Sid Jacobs, Jeff Clayton, and Bill Watrous throughout the Inland Northwest. After leaving Washington for Athens, Ohio, Steven had the privilege of working with great regional artists like Erik Augis, Jay Flippin, Rob Parton, Bob Thompson, Matt James, Ernie Bastin, and Guy Remonko as well as performers like Mark Pender, Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg, and Landau Murphy Jr.

Guitarist Ryan Kennedy is a musician in Charleston, WV. He plays guitar with the Bob Thompson Unit, the Ryan Kennedy Trio, and the Mountain Stage band. He recently finished his first album, titled "Something to Say."

Sean Parsons is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Originally from Illinois, Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in jazz studies from DePaul University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. Sean currently lives in Athens, Ohio where he is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Music Theory. 

Student Afternoon Recital
May
3
2:30 pm14:30

Student Afternoon Recital

  • First Presbyterian Church

My students will sing and play classical and musical theatre pieces in the beautiful sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg. The recital is free and open to the public. Here's a sneak peek of what these afternoons are like:

HS Junior Recital: Abigail Wilson
Apr
18
2:30 pm14:30

HS Junior Recital: Abigail Wilson

  • First Presbyterian Church

Student Abigail Wilson will present an afternoon of piano and vocal selections from classical and musical theatre repertoire. I will join her at the piano for her vocal selections. Vocalist Edain Campbell and pianist Bailey Ream will be guest musicians. The performance is free and open to the public.

Abbie has studied music privately since kindergarten, and is planning to study music in college. She has sung in the Mid-Ohio Valley Children’s Chorus, Guild Builders productions, Missoula Children’s Theatre productions, and Marietta College’s production of The Music Man. She is currently a collaborative pianist with the Smoot Theatre Young Men’s Ensemble. Her accolades include the WV Governor’s School for the Arts, first chair Alto II in the WVACDA All-State Chamber Choir, superiors in WVMEA Region V Solo & Ensemble, recommendations for the WVMEA State Recital, and First Class Honors in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. She is the daughter of Darren and Melissa Wilson of Parkersburg, WV.

Feb
23
Feb 27

American Traditions Competition

  • Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

I will be one of 28 competitors in the 23rd annual American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia. The competition highlights music that is a part of our American heritage by requiring competitors to sing in nine different genres. There are three rounds of competition beginning Monday, February 23. If I make it through to the final round, the finals will be on Friday, February 27. I will be collaborating with pianist Sean Parsons from Athens, Ohio for all rounds of the competition.

Sep
13
7:00 pm19:00

The Fields of Gettysburg

  • The Castle

I'm honored to be part of The Fields of Gettysburg, an Americana song cycle by John A. Walsh. I'll be singing the roles of Mary and Jenny Wade. Below is Mary's song from the studio album:

We'll present the entire cycle in the parlor of the historic Castle in Marietta, Ohio. Tickets are purchased by calling the Castle at 740-373-4180.

Jess Baldwin Quartet
Aug
14
8:00 pm20:00

Jess Baldwin Quartet

  • Adelphia Music Hall

The Jess Baldwin Quartet (feat. Andy Hall, Steve Heffner, and Ryan Kennedy) will present an evening of originals and unique covers at the beautiful Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, Ohio. $7 in advance or at the door. Ages 21+ only. Click here for the Facebook event page. RSVP. Then share it.

Here's a sample of what you'll hear, recorded at our last Adelphia gig, July 2013:

House restaurant The Galley has some great dishes if you want to make an evening of it. My favorites are the veggie burger and the Pad Thai. If you like beer, they have a state-of-the-art individualized cooling system for their many taps. Personally, I love the Founder's Breakfast Stout. There's also the boutique-style Hackett Hotel above The Galley if you're coming from out-of-town. 

Can't wait to see you there!

 

Easter Sunday
Apr
20
10:30 am10:30

Easter Sunday

  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church

I'll be the Easter soloist at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Marietta, Ohio, singing "My Redeemer Liveth" from Handel's Messiah.

Aug
18
2:00 pm14:00

FOG on Mountain Stage Radio Show

The broadcast of the June 30 Mountain Stage performance of excerpts from The Fields of Gettysburg will be on all WV NPR stations.  Find the day and time for your local NPR station's broadcast here. 

If you don't have a radio station nearby that broadcasts Mountain Stage, the performances will be up on NPR's Mountain Stage webpage to stream after the broadcast week is over. 

photo by Todd Burge

Aug
17
8:00 pm20:00

FOG on Mountain Stage Radio Show

The broadcast of the June 30 Mountain Stage performance of excerpts from The Fields of Gettysburg will be on all WV NPR stations, as well as Marietta's local Athens, Ohio station.  Find the day and time for your local NPR station's broadcast here. 

If you don't have a radio station nearby that broadcasts Mountain Stage, the performances will be up on NPR's Mountain Stage webpage to stream after the broadcast week is over. 

photo by Todd Burge

photo by Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
 

photo by Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

photo by Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage