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Vijay Singh is an active performer, composer, teacher, conductor, and clinician residing in Ellensburg, Washington where he is Associate Professor of Music at Central Washington University. He has been rapidly gaining international attention for his eclectic musical compositions, performances, workshops, and conducting appearances. Vijay's teaching experiences have included work at public secondary schools, community college, and university levels. He currently teaches voice, music business, choral arranging, jazz pedagogy, directs the University Chorale and award‑winning CWU Vocal Jazz 1, and oversees the vocal jazz program (three jazz choirs). Vijay's student ensembles at CWU have been honored as some of the finest in the nation with invitations to perform at prestigious IAJE, MENC, and ACDA conventions. As a composer, Vijay writes for all levels in both the classical choral and jazz idioms. His compositions (over 110 currently in print) are widely available from a number of publishers and he often writes on commission for some of North America's finest ensembles.
An active performer, Vijay has appeared as featured bass‑baritone soloist with such notable groups as Male Ensemble Northwest, Choral Cross Ties, the Oregon Symphony, the Robert Shaw Chorale, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Clark Terry, the Disciples of Groove, and his own award‑winning a cappella jazz quartet Just 4 Kicks. He has appeared in professional opera and musical theatre productions performing such roles as Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute, the Voice of God in Britten's Noye's Fludde, the Armchair and the Black Cat in Ravel's Enfant et les Sortileges, and Sir Lancelot in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot.
Vijay is currently the National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Jazz Choirs in the American Choral Director's Association and in demand as a guest conductor of All‑State and Honors choirs. He has conducted All‑State choirs in over a dozen states and has the distinction of conducting both All‑State Concert Choirs and Jazz Choirs within the same year. Vijay has served as adjudicator/jurist at international festivals in Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. The recent recipient of a seventh ASCAP Composer's Award, Vijay is also a member of ACDA, MENC, IAJE, ASCAP, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.