Wendy is a vocalist, voice instructor, and recording artist who resides just outside Asheville, NC. Wendy completed her Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees in Vocal Performance at Appalachian State University (1989 and 1991 respectively) and afterward joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before leaving to pursue a full-time singing/acting career.
Wendy has appeared on stages from North Carolina to NYC and has performed with NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold, legendary jazz guitarist Howard Alden, jazz violinist Christian Howes, Crystal Gale, and has sung backup for the alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030.
Ms. Jones has appeared at Club Bonafide in NYC, the Jazz Arts Initiative in Charlotte, the Mountain Oasis Music Festival, the Spartanburg Jazz Festival, Our World Festival, and the Django Reinhardt Festival in Asheville, North Carolina.
Wendy performs with her own quartet and she frequently performs gypsy jazz with the Page Brothers Gypsy Jazz Group. She is the vocalist for the Asheville Jazz Orchestra and the Russ Wilson Big Band, and can frequently be heard singing with the Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band in Greenville, SC. Wendy is also the vocalist for the Richard Shulman Group, The Steve Watson Trio, and the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio.
As a member of Actors' Equity since 1999, she has appeared as an actor/singer/dancer in Equity theatres and has also entertained as both a headliner and Production Singer/Dancer on cruise ships and in the Broadway review ENCORE! at Tokyo Disney.
As a classical vocalist, Wendy has sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center Opera in roles such as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Laetitia in Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She has also performed as a soloist in choral works such as Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, John Corigliano's Fern Hill, Bach's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, and Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor.
Equally passionate about teaching voice and acting as singing jazz, Wendy is a highly sought out CCM specialist and acting coach. In addition to her degrees from Appalachian, Wendy obtained a Voice Styles Specialist Certificate from Berklee and completed the Contemporary and Commerical Music Vocal Pedagogy training at Shenandoah University. She has taken part in the NATS Mentored Teaching Project with mentor teacher Matt Edwards and attended the Institute of Vocal Performance Pedagogy with Richard Miller at Oberlin College.
Wendy is on the Executive Board of the NC National Association of Teachers of Singing where she serves as Vice President and Auditions Chair. She is also an active member of the Pan-American Vocology Association, the New York Singing Teachers Association, The Voice Foundation, the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Jazz Educator’s Network, and the Southeastern Theater Conference.
Wendy has been a part of several recording projects over the past decade including her cd, “Perfect Dream” (2014) and “Turned Into Lemonade” (2018) with The Richard Shulman Group. She recently finished recording Richard Shulman’s latest cd, “Seasons Of Love”, which will be released in 2020. She has also recorded with The Steve Watson Trio, Michael Jefry Stevens Mountain Chamber Ensemble, and has done voice-over work for television, industrials, and audiobooks.
Wendy resides in the Asheville area and is on the faculty of Western Carolina University, where she teaches Contemporary and Commercial Voice and the faculty Brevard College where she teaches voice and directs the opera workshop. She also maintains a thriving private voice studio and enjoys sharing her life and the love of jazz with jazz drummer and life partner, Rick.
“The singer’s distinctive and sometimes-haunting voice proves to be very effective no matter what the mood of the piece. She gives sensitivity to each selection that she interprets and displays a complete understanding of the lyrics while swinging at every tempo.”-
— Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist/Music Critic
Los Angeles, CA
“Wendy possesses a rich voice and that ineffable quality that allows certain performers to glow from within. She dazzled every time she was onstage."
— Nancy Stetson,
Naples Daily News - Naples FL
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