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.
Julia Stubbs is pursuing her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education with a Concentration in Choir and Piano. She is an active member of GMU's ACDA (American Choral Director's Association) chapter, participates in various vocal ensembles and operas, and is also a regular cantor (lead singer) at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Her dedication in studying music and developing her skills as a musician recently resulted in being awarded the John M. and Nan Sherwood Scholarship, and a music scholarship to participate in the D.C. al Fine: Conducting Seminar. In addition to studying voice at George Mason, Julia has a strong interest in piano. Using both of her piano and vocal abilities, she is currently teaching for the "Bridges: Harmony Through Music Program," at Potomac Arts Academy. Julia enjoys working with students of all ages. Although she is classically trained, Julia believes that learning proper technique can help students learn any genre of music, and encourages her students to develop healthy habits early in their studies while having fun. In her free time, Julia enjoys playing and making music. She is ecstatic to be working with Create More Music Studios to teach piano and voice, and share her passion and love for music with her students!