Spring and Summer Preview

Here's what's on the docket so far for spring and summer:


Apr 22: Songs at the Center TV Taping

I'm so honored to be sharing the stage with Todd Burge, Bob Thompson, and Eric Gnezda for a taping of Songs at the Center, which is viewed on over 150 American Public Television stations. We'll be sharing originals in the round. This performance is free and open to the public, thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, and is part of the new Brick Street Arts Bash that's happening that weekend in Marietta. More info here.

May 20: Soloist with River Cities Symphony Orchestra

I'll be the guest soloist for the River Cities Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, singing some hits from mid-century musical theatre.  

Aug 23: Jess Baldwin Quintet at Lakeside Chautauqua 

My quintet will be performing at lovely Lakeside Chautauqua! I'm excited to be performing again with Sean Parsons, Ryan Kennedy, Andy Hall, and our newest addition, John Inghram.


Columbus Sessions

I'll be in Columbus the second weekend of each month. If you're a gigging singer in the Columbus area, click here to schedule a spot.

May 16: 1 Year Anniversary of Commercial Voice Resources Launch

May 16 will mark a year since the launch of my website Commercial Voice Resources, which is for teachers who work with singers in commercial and popular styles. I'm excited about the great master teachers slated to write guest blogs and do interviews for the coming year. 

June 4: Presenting at Voice Foundation Symposium

The Voice Foundation is an international organization made up of voice scientists, doctors, therapists, teachers, and other professionals. At its annual Symposium, I'm presenting the results of two surveys I'm conducting with Kat Reinhert and Matt Edwards. Through this research, we hope to....

  • encourage the study and performance of popular genres of music.
  • help high school and private music educators better understand the programs when advising college-bound music students.
  • help post-secondary institutions better prepare future educators (particularly voice teachers) to teach in the programs.

June 14-17: Presenting at Association for Popular Music Education Conference

APME exists to empower music educators who include popular music in their curriculums. I'll present the two popular music program studies at this conference, and I'll also be giving a vocal technique workshop.

July 15-20: Teaching Assistant at The New CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

The CCM Institute provides a foundation of instruction for people who sing and teach voice in contemporary commercial genres of music (non-classical music). Most college programs only teach classical singing, and the CCM Institute is one of the few programs where the science and voice function behind other genres is taught. I've studied at this institute since 2009, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it this year.


Jess Baldwin Quintet @ Peoples Bank Theatre

I'm very excited to be performing again with Andy Hall, Steven Heffner, Ryan Kennedy, and Sean Parsons; and I'm extra-excited to be performing with them in Marietta, Ohio's beautifully restored Peoples Bank Theatre! This will be an intimate cabaret-style setup with table seating on the stage. A buffet and cash bar are provided, and the first drink's on the house.

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

Buy tickets here.

If you want to share the event with your friends via Facebook, here's the Facebook event link.

And the award goes to...

A photo posted by Jess Baldwin (@jesskbaldwin) on

"One Little Song" for Best Cover Song in the 2015 Ohio Music Awards!

The OMA's are chosen by a panel of judges from the music industry in Ohio. The founders wanted to help build the music community in Ohio and give artists a judge-based competition as an alternative to the many fan-voting-based competitions that are available. Previous winners include MOV native Anthony Mossburg.

See the rest of the winners here.

Here's the tune that won the award:

Jess in July

Hey everyone! Here's a quick review of the past month.

July 10: Recording at Peachfork

Recording has become a very important goal for me this year, so I'm slowly putting together one track at a time as I can afford studio time.

Bernie Nau at Peachfork Studios has been so great to work with. The drive to the studio is through beautiful southeast Ohio, so I get a chance to center and relax before I go in.

Right now, I'm recording tunes that I performed as part of the American Traditions Competition in February. This month, we re-recorded the vocals on the country tune and did most of the mixing, so we have it pretty close to release. We also did a little work on "Two Sleepy People." Needs some more tweaking before we start mixing. 


July 17: Jazz and Rib Fest in downtown Columbus

My quartet was invited to play the Jazz Cafe Stage. We had a great crowd who stuck around despite intermittent rain showers and heat waves. The stage was right by the river with the city skyline behind us. Great setting. Hope we'll be there again.

I shared the stage with the wonderful Andy Hall and Ryan Kennedy. Our usual bass player, Steve Heffner, wasn't available that weekend, but that gave us the opportunity to play with Craig Burletic, who graciously stepped in while he was in the midst of moving to Miami. Craig graduated from Marshall last year with a degree in Jazz Studies. He moved to Miami right after the gig, then flew right back with his girlfriend Molly so they could both play on Mountain Stage with Tyler Childers & The Food Stamps. Have a great time in Miami, Craig! Hope to play together again soon!


July 20-24: CCM Institute

July is always one of my favorite months because it's when I attend the Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory. The CCMI opens me to the expansiveness of human experience, both in myself and in others, and not just in the world of singing. 

I first attended in 2009, getting my certification in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method in Levels I, II, and III. After getting my master's in voice pedagogy, which, in almost every academic institution, is focused on classical singing, I wanted to know the science and methods behind other singing styles. Not only did I find that information, but I found a great community of people. 

There were 18 different countries represented at the Institute this year. I hung out with people from Israel, Colombia, Australia, Taiwan, Chile, Brazil, and Canada, just for starters. There is an enormous need and desire for the kind of work that Jeanie is doing, so people travel huge distances to be here. 

At CCMI, I've heard Brazilian folk music, Brazilian popular song, Indian classical music, Israeli music, Chilean folk music, Columbian folk music, musical theatre, classical, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, folk, country, and more. I've been in many academic settings where there would have been significant amounts of tension surrounding the fact that people were singing some of these kinds of music. But at the Institute, every genre is given a safe space to exist. Every year, I watch walls crumble. Defenses drop. Prejudices dissolve. Genres (and the people who sing them) coexist not just respectfully, but happily. It may seem strange to most people that this wouldn't be the norm, but this is indeed a very rare and unique environment. It's hard to describe just how amazing the energy is, and it only seems to get better every year. 

I want to say a huge thank you to the Institute's faculty for another year of helping people move closer to vocal freedom and authenticity. It is not just your knowledge of this information that helps people, but the way you teach it. When we are given practical tools to better understand our bodies, our minds, and our craft in a shame-free space, we step further in to our true vocal identity. Yet again, I was overwhelmed as I witnessed the recovery of people who were abandoned by other teachers and were losing hope. Jeanie LoVetri is indeed a master teacher. Can't wait for next year!



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