SarahMoyers is a senior at George Mason University pursuing a BM in Jazz Studies for Voice. Under the instruction of Dr. Darden Purcell, director of Jazz Studies and former D.C. Airforce vocalist, Sarah has studied jazz vocal technique as well as piano, improvisation, music theory, arranging, and sight reading. While Sarah specializes in jazz, she is also well versed with pop/contemporary styles and musical theatre. Her sound is often described as "smooth" as her training focuses on bridging the gaps between different vocal breaks and navigating the complex passages frequently found in jazz.
Sarah is involved in many musical groups including the Mason Vocal Jazz Ensemble, through which she won an award for "Outstanding Soloist" at the 2016 Kansas City Jazz Summit, the Mason Vocal Jazz Quartet, and a Mason Jazz Combo, where she functions as a bandleader and arranger as well as a soloist. She also performs as the lead singer of the Mason Jazz Ensemble, the premier big band on campus, and recently performed with the group at the legendary D.C. Jazz club Blues Alley. Sarah works as a freelance musician as well and can often be heard performing at venues and events throughout the D.C./Metro area.
Sam Allen Voice, Guitar, Piano
Samuel T. Allen is a recent graduate of the James Madison University School of Music (Dec ’16) where he received a B.M in Voice Performance. Studying under baritone Kevin McMillan he has learned and performed a number of operatic and oratorio roles including Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Rodolfo in La Bohème. In addition to his operatic work, Samuel has been a live audition finalist for the world-renowned choirs, Cantus and Chanticleer. Samuel has studied music theory, piano, improvisation, and advanced sight reading. While Classical voice is his specialty, he is extremely well versed in other styles including Jazz, Musical Theater, and Contemporary. He is very eager to pass on his love for singing to students of all ages.