Evan Feist’s Interview
Tim Brent is a 9-time DownBeat Award-Winning vocal jazz educator, pianist, arranger and performer. Currently, he is the visiting assistant professor of popular music studies at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University (Princeton, NJ).
Most recently he was the director of the vocal jazz/contemporary program at Miami-Dade College Kendall campus. Tim is active as a performer and works regularly as a vocalist and pianist. He has performed and/or recorded with such names as Bobby McFerrin, Mel Torme, Ingrid Jensen, Dick Oatts as well as Grammy award-winners Brian Lynch, Ed Calle, and Obie Bermudez.
Before accepting the position as the director of vocal jazz studies at the University of North Texas (2009-2010), Tim completed his doctorate at the prestigious University of Miami and was teaching at both UM and Miami-Dade College. Previously he was the Assistant Professor and Director of Jazz Vocal Studies at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and was the director of the vocal jazz program at Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, IL).
Tim has been a clinician at the Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp, The New York Summer Music Festival and various regional vocal jazz events. He has also presented vocal jazz interest sessions at state music educators conventions (NY, DE, VA, CT, NJ, PA FL), the Eastern Division Music Educators National Conference, as well as the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association conference.
Tim received his bachelors degree in choral music education from Western Michigan University where he was a member of the internationally renowned vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company under the direction of Dr. Steve Zegree before obtaining his masters degree in jazz pedagogy from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) where he was a teaching assistant under program director Larry Lapin.
Tim has had vocal arrangements published by the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications, and has had numerous works performed/recorded by high school and college vocal groups throughout the country including Gold Company (Western Michigan University) JV 1 (University of Miami), Jazz Singers (University of North Texas) and SUNY Pottsdam (New York).