posted November 22, 2010

Students to Present Vocal Jazz Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 30

 Hope College students will present a vocal jazz concert on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Students will be performing tunes by Ray Charles, Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Bobby Troup, to name a few.

Vocal jazz is coached by Edye Hyde, and the students will be accompanied by the Faculty Jazz Trio: Steve Talaga, piano; Charlie Hoats, bass; and Mike VanLente, drums.

Students performing include:  freshman Amy Banas of Fort Wayne, Ind.; freshman Elisabeth Brewington of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; senior Emily Brower of Hudsonville; senior Carrie Cushman of Portland, Ore.; junior Joel Garner of La Jara, Colo.; sophomore Ryan Martinez of Holland; junior Brooke McBride of Rockford; junior Kyle McLellan of Fort Wayne, Ind.; sophomore Gabriela Olaguibel of Encinitas, Calif.; senior Mark Waterstone of Holland; and sophomore Vida Wilson of Grand Rapids.

Edye Evans Hyde, an instructor of vocal jazz at Hope, has been teaching and performing jazz, blues and pop music for more than 20 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles and Asia. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education, has taught K-12 vocal music and has served as the assistant director of admissions at Grand RapidsCommunity College. Edye has shared the stage with world-renowned blues singer Linda Hopkins, pop singer Michael Bolton, actress Connie Stevens, the late Ray Charles and Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. She has also appeared with The Grand Rapids Symphony and The West Shore Symphony performing songs from her acclaimed CDs, "Girl Talk" and "Lady with A Song." Her stage performances have included principal roles in "Dream Girls," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and more, and she plays Ms. Lucy in the West Michigan-produced children's television show "Come On Over!"

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th St. between College and Columbia avenues.