Frequency final concert on Tuesday

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Pike County community will have a chance to say goodbye to many of the talented musicians of the Troy University Vocal Jazz ensemble, Frequency, at 7 o’clock tonight in the Long Hall Choir Room. This will be Frequency’s last concert of the year. The performance is free and open to the public.

“Many of the musicians have been with the group for several years,” said Diane Orlofsky, Frequency director. “Regular concert-goers have come to know most of the members of Frequency, like they were family members.

“It has been a wonderful musical ride with these students, many of whom have dedicated themselves to this group for more than three years. While we are excited about the future direction and potential of incoming members for next year, the Tuesday performance will be a time to pause and celebrate the milestones that the current group members have traveled together.”

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Orlofsky said there have been many opportunities to recruit for Troy University, most notably, when Frequency was chosen to present a main-stage performance at the Alabama Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in January.

“We were the first vocal jazz ensemble to be chosen for this honor,” Orlofsky said. “The performance was another step toward state and regional recognition.”

Orlofsky said Frequency has received strong university support since its creation in 2009. The members also have had the privilege of working closely with nationally known vocal jazz artists since the beginning.

In 2010-2011, members of Frequency had an opportunity to work with Greg Jasperse, composer, arranger, recording artist and professor of vocal jazz at Western Michigan University, in a series of short-term residencies.

“As a result of these short-term residencies, Frequency released a CD, titled ‘Fields of Gold,’” Orlofsky said. “Frequency has also worked with other noted composers, directors and arrangers.”

Frequency is open by audition to students of all majors. More than half of the current membership has majors in fields other than music, Orlofsky said.

“Frequency truly represents a cross-section of the talented student population that we have at Troy University,” she said. “I hope the house will be packed in support of this fine ensemble.”

The Frequency concert Tuesday night will feature past favorites and new charts as yet unheard by the public. The vocal jazz ensemble will be directed by Orlofsky and Meagan King Johnson, assistant director, graduate choral music education.