Singers of all styles, including jazz, can sign up now for the Columbus Jazz Academy’s Vocal Class with jazz vocalists Mary McClendon and Rachel Sepulveda. This class is about singing – from learning how to warm your voice up to having the self-confidence to sing for an audience with a focus on individual enjoyment and well-being. Enjoy exploring different vocal styles; meet other people with a similar interest; and just have fun. This class is available for all skill levels and no advanced knowledge is required.
More information on the class including: how to sign up, pricing, schedules and more can be found HERE.
About Mary McClendon
Columbus native Mary McClendon has been a regular on the central Ohio jazz scene since the late 1970s. Her smooth vocals and scat singing have made her an audience favorite as she has shared the stage with many jazz greats…Benny Carter, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison and the great Sarah Vaughan, to name a few. Mary has often worked with the Jazz Arts Group as a vocalist and she continues to build her resume to include acting, gaining roles in movies such as The Jesse Owens Story.
About Rachel Sepulveda
Rachel has been a featured vocalist with the Mark Flugge Trio and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra. She has sung on the New York City club scene, but makes her home singing in central Ohio. She has performed at major Ohio festivals including Columbus’ own Jazz and Ribs Fest and Red White and Boom. In 2006, Rachel toured European jazz festivals and was a featured vocalist at the Montreux and Umbria Jazz Festivals. She was selected as the featured vocalist for both the 2006/2007 Ohio Music Educators Association Jazz Ensembles and in 2005 was awarded outstanding achievement for her performance at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.
Sepulveda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice and Jazz Studies from the Capital University Conservatory of Music and currently has a private studio in Columbus where she teaches voice and music theory.
Sepulveda strives to uphold the historical traditions of jazz while bringing a unique artistry and energy to the music.