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Jazz Unlimited

Jazz Unlimited, MUS 194, is directed by Melissa Noonan and is Doane's vocal jazz ensemble. Jazz Unlimited typically has 14-16 members, and often performs with a three-piece rhythm section. The group rehearses twice a week, and sings challenging music of many styles, including standard and contemporary jazz, swing, Latin, ballads, and pop/rock arrangements, both acapella and with rhythm section. The students perform a "Cocoa and Carols" concert in December each year, featuring soloists and a few Christmas arrangements, in addition to their regular repertoire. In the spring they tour Nebraska with the Doane men's a cappella group, Doublewide. JU also performs at the ACDA Vocal Jazz Festival in Columbus, Relay for Life at Doane University, and in various local venues on and off campus. Highly competitive auditions for the group occur each fall. Membership in the ensemble is a year-long commitment.