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Vocals – Giant Steps Day Camp, Jazz Camp Week 1
Active as a performer and educator in the Bay Area, vocalist Michelle Hawkins joins the SJW faculty for the first time. Michelle is on the music faculty at Skyline College, West Valley College, Valley Christian College, and Mission College. Michelle is also a dedicated and award-winning choral director and music educator. Her choirs consistently rank among the top vocal jazz ensembles in the state and country. Michelle’s group Synchronicity from West Valley College has been named “Best Vocal Jazz Group” for three years in a row by DownBeat. She frequently performs with some of the top jazz musicians in the area including Rick Vandivier, Jeff Buenz, Jeff Massanari, Marc Van Wageningen, and Scott Sorkin.
Michelle holds an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California where she studied with jazz greats Tierney Sutton, Jennifer Barnes, and Shelly Berg. She received her BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley where she was principal flutist of the Berkeley Symphony and studied conducting with Dr. David Milnes, and flute with Timothy Day (San Francisco Conservatory). She currently sings lead soprano with the Bay Area vocal quartet, Sing Theory.