Dr. Gregory Amerind

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Greg Amerind has been performing since the age of 5, studying piano, trumpet and voice throughout his school years, eventually majoring in music and theater at UCLA and Cal State University, Northridge, and at Arizona State University, where he received the Bachelorís degree in Music Education (Summa Cum Laude), Master of Music degree in Voice Performance, and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting. 

 A songwriter and professional singer for many years in Los Angeles, Greg appeared in musical theater; nightclubs; concert venues, most notably with Pacific Jazz & Electric, a jazz vocal ensemble he co-founded and for which he wrote and arranged much of the material; and studios, where he was often called upon to record demos for LA songwriters as well as for commercial, TV and Radio, and industrial projects.

Greg was a featured soloist with Lionel Hampton and his big band, and has also performed with entertainers such as Ann Jillian, John Astin, and Patrick Duffy in various projects, as well as appearing briefly in the film The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond and Sir Lawrence Olivier. Relocating to Arizona in 1997, Greg has served as soloist, composer/arranger and director of the SGI-USA Arizona Cactus Chorus, a lay Buddhist community group devoted to the cause of world peace through music and cultural exchange.  He had the honor of conducting a 300-voice interfaith choir singing "We Are One" at Phoenix's Chase Field in commemoration of the September 11 attacks on America.

Most recently he was a featured performer and arranger with Phoenix-based vocal jazz ensemble, Oasis; served as the Assistant Artistic Director from 2006-2015 for the Phoenix Boys Choir;  was the founding director of ASU's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Heatwave, from 2009 to 2013; and is frequently called upon as a choral clinician and adjudicator. He is currently a music adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ. Greg has also been a private voice instructor since 1982.

As a composer, he has a catalogue that includes dozens of choral and jazz vocal ensemble arrangements as well as over 150 songs in the genres of classical, pop, jazz, rock, R & B, and show tunes. His choral arrangements and compositions have been performed by Jr. High, High School and Collegiate choirs; and his solo CD, "Late Boomer," a collection of original jazz vocal compositions is available online at CD Baby and at most digital download sites.  He currently resides with his wife and daughters in Tempe, Arizona.

He has served as the Repertoire & Standards Chair for the American Choral Directors Associationís Western Division in the categories of Boy Choirs and Vocal Jazz Ensembles since 2009 and was recently named the ACDA's National Chair for Vocal Jazz Repertoire and Resources.

 

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