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"Jennifer Barnes is an outstanding vocalist and educator. Her ability to play keyboards, scat sing and sell the lyrics of a song to the listener make her a bright star in the field of vocal jazz. A real musician’s musician."

Jamey Aebersold
World-renowned jazz educator and founder, Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.


Saturday, November 16th, 2013 4:13 PM
[NOTE:  Although Jennifer's schedule is booked very tightly, she does have limited availability to serve as a guest director, performer and clinician at festivals, conferences, retreats, etc.   Her position as the Director of Vocal Jazz at the University of North Texas as well as traveling to perform as a soloist and with Vertical Voices means that she is often booked more than a year in advance.]
Friday, March 31st, 2006 4:34 PM

Jennifer is a highly sought-after clinician, adjudicator and guest director throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is equally comfortable working with students, educators and performers of all ages. Her clinics can be customized for any situation, and span a variety of topics such as:

1. Solo Jazz Singing Style for Classically Trained Musicians

2. Jazz Improvisation: You Can Do It & Teach It!

3. The "How" and "Why" of Incorporating Listening Into Your Rehearsals

4. Basic Jazz Piano Skills For Vocalists

5. Writing And Arranging Your Own Charts (for jazz singers)

"I have always had great experiences working with Jennifer. She is always focused on how to achieve the joys of making great music. Jennifer was guest conductor of the 2002 Iowa All State Jazz Choir and I loved watching her work so passionately with these top-level students. They sang beautifully for her and they particularly appreciated her special arrangement just for them! Most of all, she is easy-going, knowledgeable and accessible to all educators looking for assistance in the vocal jazz field." Linda Vanderpool Director of Vocal Music Valley High School, West Des Moines, Iowa


"Jennifer Barnes is truly one of our rising stars as an educator and artists. In a very short time, she has established herself as one of the most sought after clinicians and artists in the country. I look forward to observing her continued success."

Ron McCurdy, Ph.D.
IAJE, Past President
Professor of Music, USC

Summer Workshops

Friday, March 31st, 2006 4:33 PM

The Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop (visit for more information) is where Jennifer (and her husband, Steve) has spent one or two weeks of every summer since 1998. It is an excellent place for musicians of all ages and skill levels (literally from age 12 to 72) to come for one or two weeks to be completely immersed in jazz, particularly the art of improvisation. Every student has the opportunity to sing with an instrumental combo or rhythm section, learn more about how to listen to jazz and learn from it, study music theory, and hear fantastic jazz played and sung morning, noon and night!   Jennifer is also the Director of the University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Workshop (visit for more information), along with Rosana Eckert, Greg Jasperse and Michael Palma. An outstanding week focused SOLELY on the vocalist's needs and roles in jazz.


"Jennifer Barnes is a superb musician. She is one of the great scatters you'll ever hear, and her engaging personality comes bursting through in her performance. Fortunately, Jennifer has the even rarer gift of being able to convey all of this as a teacher."

Shelly Berg
Chair of Jazz Studies, USC

Private Study

Saturday, August 20th, 2011 4:33 PM
Jennifer accepts a limited number of private students in the Dallas area. Study may be in any of the following areas: 1. Vocal technique 2. Solo singing style 3. Jazz improvisation 4. Basic jazz piano skills 5. Computer music notation (using Finale) 6. Vocal arranging

"Jennifer is a multi-talented musician whose high standards are evident in all that she does. She is equally competent as an arranger, singer and educator. The thread that runs through all of these is her great musicianship and passion for making music."
Duane Davis Director of Vocal Music, Grand Rapids Community College Former Supervisor of Music, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan