Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts Jazz Singers.
JazzStand on Abrams Concludes BTWHSPVA Student Showcase Month with Our Second Annual Presentation of BTWHSPVA Jazz Singers.
BTWHSPVA Jazz Singers
The BTWHSPVA Jazz Singers is a vocal performing group from Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, TX. This year’s group consists of thirteen singers, four rhythm section players, and one saxophone.
The BTWHSPVA Jazz Singers have been recognized in the prestigious DownBeat Student Music Awards for four of the last five years. The group has been the DownBeat winner in the Large Vocal Jazz Group category for Performing Arts High Schools for the last three consecutive years. In addition, the BTW Jazz Singers has achieved finalist status in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Competition for four of the last five years, and was the winner of the May 2013 high school vocal jazz group competition. As a result, the group was featured in performance at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival held the following September. The BTWHSPVA Jazz Singers group frequently performs at events and concerts in the Dallas Metroplex, and was chosen as a featured performing ensemble for the National Association of Counselors convention held in Dallas in October, 2016.
Kent Ellingson has served as director for the BTW Jazz Singers since 2011. He has been on the music faculty at Booker T. Washington HSPVA for almost every year since 1984.