Presentations at Association for Popular Music Education Conference
Jun
14
Jun 17

Presentations at Association for Popular Music Education Conference

  • University of Colorado

I'll be making two presentations at this conference.

Surveys of Commercial Music Degree Programs

Friday, June 16, 3:40-4:10pm

The first is with colleagues Matthew Edwards and Kat Reinhert regarding two surveys that are currently underway:

A SURVEY OF CURRICULUM IN COMMERCIAL MUSIC DEGREE PROGRAMS

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about the singing curriculum in programs that focus primarily on the study of commercial/popular music genres. Results of this survey will provide insight into these programs. Results will also provide valuable information for graduate pedagogy programs whose students may eventually apply for jobs in commercial music programs.

A SURVEY OF VOICE FACULTY IN COMMERCIAL MUSIC DEGREE PROGRAMS

The objective of this survey is to gather information about voice training and voice faculty in undergraduate commercial music programs. Results of the survey will provide insight into these degree programs and valuable information to graduate pedagogy programs whose students may eventually apply for jobs in commercial voice programs. The information could also prove valuable to those interested in developing continuing education opportunities for CCM voice teachers.

Explore the Extremes to Master the Middle

Saturday, June 17 between 11:40-12:30pm

I'll be helping teachers develop exercises with sounds on more extreme ends of the sound spectrum to help students sound better in the middle, where most singing happens.

Survey Presentations at Voice Foundation Symposium
Jun
4
1:40 pm13:40

Survey Presentations at Voice Foundation Symposium

  • The Westin Philadelphia Hotel

I'll be making two presentations with colleagues Matthew Edwards and Kat Reinhert about two surveys that are currently underway:

A Survey of Curriculum in Commercial Music Degree Programs

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about the singing curriculum in programs that focus primarily on the study of commercial/popular music genres. Results of this survey will provide insight into these programs. Results will also provide valuable information for graduate pedagogy programs whose students may eventually apply for jobs in commercial music programs.

A Survey of Voice Faculty in Commercial Music Degree Programs

The objective of this survey is to gather information about voice training and voice faculty in undergraduate commercial music programs. Results of the survey will provide insight into these degree programs and valuable information to graduate pedagogy programs whose students may eventually apply for jobs in commercial voice programs. The information could also prove valuable to those interested in developing continuing education opportunities for CCM voice teachers.

American Traditions Competition - Quarterfinals
Feb
21
Feb 22

American Traditions Competition - Quarterfinals

  • Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

I'm returning to the American Traditions Competition as a quarterfinalist. I'll travel to Savannah, Georgia in February, where the quarterfinalists will sing three songs in three genres chosen from a provided list. All selections must be by American composers and songwriters. If we move on to the next two rounds, we sing three new songs in each for a total of nine different songs in nine different genres throughout the competition.

Bob Thompson Band with Special Guest Opener Jess Baldwin Quintet
Aug
20
8:00 pm20:00

Bob Thompson Band with Special Guest Opener Jess Baldwin Quintet

  • Peoples Bank Theatre
Bob Thompson Band

Bob Thompson Band

My quintet is opening for the legendary Bob Thompson at Peoples Bank Theatre on August 20. It will be such an honor to share the stage with the man who has been the pianist for Mountain Stage Radio Show since 1991, who hosts and co-produces NPR's Joy to the World, has been featured on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, and is a West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee. Grab your tickets and share the event!

Jess Baldwin Quintet

Jess Baldwin Quintet

Senior Recital: Abigail Wilson & Madeleine Brawley
May
28
5:00 pm17:00

Senior Recital: Abigail Wilson & Madeleine Brawley

  • First Presbyterian Church

High school seniors Abbie and Maddie will commemorate their graduation with a joint recital. Abbie will be attending Youngstown State University as a vocal performance major, and Maddie will be attending Duquesne University as a music therapy major. Please join us to support and celebrate them! The recital is free and open to the public.

Middle & High School Student Recital
May
1
3:30 pm15:30

Middle & High School Student Recital

  • First Presbyterian Church

Twice a year, my students have the opportunity to sing classical, musical theatre, and jazz repertoire in a more formal setting that's appropriate to the genres. Here's a taste of what the recitals are like:

Recitals are free and open to the public. Can't wait to see you there!

Elementary Student Recital
May
1
2:30 pm14:30

Elementary Student Recital

  • First Presbyterian Church

Twice a year, my students have the opportunity to present some of the classical, musical theatre, and jazz pieces they've learned in a beautiful space with a great piano. Here's a peek at what these recitals typically look like:

Please join us. Performances are free and open to the public.

SOLD OUT: Stage Door Cabaret at Peoples Bank Theatre
Apr
23
8:00 pm20:00

SOLD OUT: Stage Door Cabaret at Peoples Bank Theatre

  • People's Bank Theatre

My quintet will perform as part of the newly restored People's Bank Theatre Stage Door 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:

Marietta College Honor Solo Recital
Mar
5
2:00 pm14:00

Marietta College Honor Solo Recital

  • Marietta College

Students who received superior ratings at their regional NAfME Solo & Ensemble Festivals are invited to perform in this recital for a chance to receive a cash prize and scholarship money to attend Marietta College.

My studio's superior rating winners who will be performing are Madeleine Brawley, Brandon Humphrey, and Abigail Wilson.

The Fields of Gettysburg
Feb
5
8:00 pm20:00

The Fields of Gettysburg

  • Peoples Bank Theatre

The full cast of The Fields of Gettysburg will be performing in the newly restored Peoples Bank Theatre, including composer John Walsh, narrator Larry Groce (host of NPR's Mountain Stage), vocalists Todd Burge, Justin Arthur, Jess Baldwin, Colton Pack (X-Factor Semi-Finalist), and DJ Archer, members of the Mountain Stage Band, and more. 

Through Walsh's beautiful writing, we tell the true stories of six people whose lives were intertwined by the events of the Battle of Gettysburg. It's a unique and powerful program.

Buy tickets here.

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.

Student Afternoon Recital
Nov
22
2:30 pm14:30

Student Afternoon Recital

  • First Presbyterian Church

Twice a year, my students have the opportunity to present some of the classical, musical theatre, and jazz pieces they've learned in a beautiful space with a great piano. Here's a peek at what these recitals typically look like:

If you'd like to join us, please do. Performances are free and open to the public.

Junior Fine Arts Recital
Nov
15
2:30 pm14:30

Junior Fine Arts Recital

  • McDonough Auditorium @ Marietta College

Three times per school year, Marietta College hosts the Junior Fine Arts Recital featuring piano students from the region. Each teacher selects students from their studio to participate. Participants receive a certificate that can be submitted for scholarship money at Marietta College, should the decide to enroll there in the future.

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.

Junior Fine Arts Recital
Sep
27
2:30 pm14:30

Junior Fine Arts Recital

  • McDonough Auditorium @ Marietta College

Three times per school year, Marietta College hosts the Junior Fine Arts Recital featuring piano students from the region. Each teacher selects students from their studio to participate. Participants receive a certificate that can be submitted for scholarship money at Marietta College, should the decide to enroll there in the future.

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.

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:

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: