It’s the ski season out West. But from January 26-29, McNally Smith Voice teacher Jennifer Parker will be in snowy Colorado Springs for the sound of music. Parker will direct the Women’s All-State Jazz Choir and present at the state’s MENC convention, in conjunction with The Colorado Music Educators Association. Parker will lead the women’s ensemble and will also premiere the work of another renowned McNally Smith Voice faculty member — Judi Donaghy‘s arrangement of “Come Rain or Come Shine,” the classic Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer tune.
Parker is no stranger to the public stage. She often leads the Jennifer Parker Quartet, which allows her the opportunity to write and arrange, and she has made music with numerous musical groups and special artists over the years, including Jazz Northwest, Mark Levine, The Scovell-Sponcia Project, The Times, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Idaho-Washington Chorale, Frank Sinatra Tribute Band, Ziji Brazilian Jazz, Bay City Swing and Double Take.
Donaghy’s resume includes in performances in opera, musical theater, jazz, folk, country, gospel, pop, and R&B. She currently works with Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, and also has performed with Urbanstride, the Girls, the Wolverine’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, JazzMN Big Band, and Judi, Cliff ‘n’ Daves. Among her many credits are stints with Yo-Yo Ma, Carole King, Janis Siegel, Rhiannon, Garrison Keillor, Marilyn McCoo and others.Newer: McNally Smith College of Music Alumni Making Headlines on World Music Charts and in City Pages Feature Story
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