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Jeff Vanderlee

Assistant Professor of Practice

Music Bldg, Room 248
512-539-7791

Dr. Jeff Vanderlee (he/his) recently joined the choral faculty at the Fred Fox School of Music in the fall of 2021. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Arizona. He is the conductor of Collegium Musicum, a choral ensemble dedicated to the performance of music pre-1750, and his research is centered on 17th-century Thuringian motets, especially those of Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703). He also teaches private graduate conducting lessons, as well as the second semester of the undergraduate choral conducting sequence.

Jeff is also an active conductor, clinician, and accompanist who represents the University of Arizona in the greater Tucson community and further, in such recent projects as conducting the pit ensemble for a showing of Buster Keaton’s 1924 silent film Sherlock Jr., as part of the 2021 Loft Cinema Film Festival; Jeff also conducted a middle-school choir clinic on the University of Arizona campus in the spring of 2022. Additionally in the same semester, he co-led a repertoire session at the American Choral Conductors Association Convention in Long Beach, CA, that centered around little-performed German Baroque motets.

Jeff also serves as the Director of Music at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he conducts the Adult Parish Choir in weekly mass, as well as larger concert events at Christmas and Holy Week. He is also active as an accompanist for private voice students as well as middle and high school choirs throughout the Tucson metro area.

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2 hours ago
Arizona Arts

This summer Michelle Fricker attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Intensive, thanks to the support from the College of Fine Arts Medici Circle donors.

#MediciMondays

Michelle is an undergraduate student in the The University of Arizona School of Dance. She took various technique classes, learned LINES repertoire and studied the concepts and ideologies that the company practices.

“I took choreographic workshops by the faculty, company members and the one and only Alonzo King and even had a performance at the end of the intensive where I got to perform work choreographed by Carmen Rozestraten.”

The #MediciScholar program helped make one of her dreams become a reality.

“Growing up, I dreamed about going to intensives just like this one but could never afford it. Going to these summer programs is vital in a dancer's training in preparation for life post-graduation. Going to LINES exposed me to a new way of moving with emphasis on a specific quality and intention that I had not prioritized in my training prior. I will forever value the connections I made with dancers and faculty and the personal growth in dance I made over the three weeks I was there.”

“I would like to thank my donors: Ms. Silverman and Judge Smelkinson! Thank you for all you do for aspiring artists like myself. I am so grateful to have been able to go to San Francisco this summer and continue my dance research which was made possible due to your donation.”

To learn more about the program.
>> azart.fyi/MediciCircle

Thanks to donations made by generous #MediciCircle members, talented artist scholars like Michelle are awarded $1,000 to pursue an educational summer project beyond the classroom.
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This summer Michelle Fricker attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Intensive, thanks to the support from the College of Fine Arts Medici Circle donors. 

#MediciMondays 

Michelle is an undergraduate student in the The University of Arizona School of Dance. She took various technique classes, learned LINES repertoire and studied the concepts and ideologies that the company practices.

“I took choreographic workshops by the faculty, company members and the one and only Alonzo King and even had a performance at the end of the intensive where I got to perform work choreographed by Carmen Rozestraten.”

The #MediciScholar program helped make one of her dreams become a reality. 

“Growing up, I dreamed about going to intensives just like this one but could never afford it. Going to these summer programs is vital in a dancers training in preparation for life post-graduation. Going to LINES exposed me to a new way of moving with emphasis on a specific quality and intention that I had not prioritized in my training prior. I will forever value the connections I made with dancers and faculty and the personal growth in dance I made over the three weeks I was there.”

“I would like to thank my donors: Ms. Silverman and Judge Smelkinson! Thank you for all you do for aspiring artists like myself. I am so grateful to have been able to go to San Francisco this summer and continue my dance research which was made possible due to your donation.”

To learn more about the program.
>> https://azart.fyi/MediciCircle

Thanks to donations made by generous #MediciCircle members, talented artist scholars like Michelle are awarded $1,000 to pursue an educational summer project beyond the classroom.
4 days ago
Arizona Arts

We are thankful for our Arizona Arts family on campus, in our community and beyond. Have a happy, safe holiday weekend.

#beardown🐻⬇️

University of Arizona School of Art
The University of Arizona School of Dance
The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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Arizona Arts Live
Center for Creative Photography
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We are thankful for our Arizona Arts family on campus, in our community and beyond. Have a happy, safe holiday weekend. 

#beardown🐻⬇️

University of Arizona School of Art
The University of Arizona School of Dance
The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Arizona Arts Live
Center for Creative Photography
The University of Arizona Museum of Art
1 week ago
Arizona Arts

The dance majors at The University of Arizona School of Dance are more than performers! They are talented choreographers. Arise/Student Spotlight is an inspiring performance of student works, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

azart.fyi/AriseTix

Photo by Ed Flores, featuring Jacob Amey and McKaylee True, Kennedy Frazier and Alexander Turner.
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The dance majors at The University of Arizona School of Dance are more than performers! They are talented choreographers. Arise/Student Spotlight is an inspiring performance of student works, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

https://azart.fyi/AriseTix

Photo by Ed Flores, featuring Jacob Amey and McKaylee True, Kennedy Frazier and Alexander Turner.
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