Jazz student ensemble

The UAB Jazz Ensemble is made up of a select group of students chosen by audition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The group has a long tradition of excellence and has placed first in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Competition three of the last five years. In 2013 they premiered a new big band arrangement of Harry Belafonte’s Turn the World Around for his induction into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The group has played for and with such great jazz artists as Sean Jones, Allen Vizzutti, and Kirk Whalum. In the summer of 2016 UAB Jazz finished their third European tour performing in Austria, Italy, German, and Switzerland. This fall they will do a performance tour of the country of Colombia highlighted by a feature concert at the SeviJazz Festival.

The UAB Chamber Singers is a non-auditioned ensemble comprised of students of all majors. The choir performs regularly at the Alys Stephens Center, and many concert venues in the Birmingham area. The choir focuses on works of all styles and genres, including early renaissance to vocal jazz selections. The Chamber Singers frequently collaborates with other ensembles, and has participated in performances and master-classes with notable groups such as the Dutch a cappella Quink Ensemble. Enrollment is open to all students on campus and is for one credit of study per semester.
UAB Concert Choir.The Concert Choir is the select choral ensemble at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Most recently, the choir competed in the 2014 Interkultur 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, winning a gold and two silver medals in three categories (Youth Mixed, Musica sacra with accompaniment, and Spiritual). The choir’s first CD project, “Unceasing Love,” is available at digital outlets including iTunes and Amazon, and via the department’s online store. Additional activities include a World Premiere performance of Glenn McClure’s Voices of Freedom, a work commemorating the anniversaries of the Civil Rights movement and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 2013, and K. Lee Scott’s Gloria for MorningStar Publications in 2012. The choir tours annually, and has given concerts in Philadelphia, PA, Knoxville, TN, Greenville, SC, and Virginia Beach, VA, and at the AMEA In-Service Conference in 2012. The choir has built a strong reputation of choral excellence, and has performed at past conferences of the American Choral Directors Association(ACDA), and in international choral competitions, including the Fleischman International Trophy Competition in Cork, Ireland and the 34th annual Florlilege Vocal de Tours in Tours, France.

This is a picture of the computer music studio. The UAB Computer Music Ensemble is an advanced music technology performance group under the direction of Dr. Matthew Scott Phillips. The members of the ensemble compose and perform computerized, computer assisted, and electro-acoustic music.