OCDA All-State High School Jazz Ensemble 2016
Michael Engelhardt, who will conduct the 2016 OCDA All-State Jazz Ensemble, is the choral music equivalent of a Swiss Army knife. In 2015, he had original compositions premiered at the Minnesota All-State, Kansas All-State, and ACDA National conferences. As a clinician and guest conductor, Engelhardt has appeared with the West Virginia ACDA All-State Honors Chamber Choir, the University of Louisville Choral Invitational, the Millikin Vocal Jazz Festival, and three Illinois District Vocal Jazz Choirs. He has had the great fortune to collaborate with major artists such as Ben Folds (from NBC’s The Sing Off), Abraham Laboriel (bass player for Michael Jackson and others), Patti Austin (Grammy award-winning vocalist), Kerry Livgren (Kansas), the Kansas City Chorale (Grammy award-winning choral ensemble), Cantus (men’s ensemble), and Chapter 6 (jazz a cappella group).
Michael currently serves as Artistic Director for The Singing City, a non-profit that aims to unite the entire city of St. Louis, Missouri, in song for one night each year. Plans are in motion to produce a city-wide holiday carol singing event during the 2016 holiday season with the goal breaking the current world record for carol singers (25,382) while providing a powerful symbol of hope and unity for the St. Louis community.
A native of Woodstock, Illinois, he holds degrees from Millikin University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Michael lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Forms are available below. Updates for 2015-2016 posted as available.
Download STUDENT entry form for Jazz Auditions (PDF format) (POSTED FOR 2015) (Deadline,