PULLMAN – WSU students earned two top prizes and other honors Wednesday at College Day of the annual Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho.


Tops honors – Adjudicator’s Special Commendations – were awarded to the VOJAZZ vocal jazz ensemble directed by Kathleen Hollingsworth and, in the Creative Instrumental Composition category, to Patrick Sheng for his composition, “The Monkey King,” which was performed by the WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Frederick “Dave” Snider.
Sheng studies composition with Greg Yasinitsky, coordinator of WSU’s Jazz Studies Program.


Additionally, four WSU soloists were invited to perform at “Hamp’s Club,” the evening public performance by the day’s top competitors. They were: vocalist Kylie Booher, who studies with Hollingsworth; bassist Tanner Brown, who studies with Snider; and saxophonists Sheng and Sarah Lincoln, who study with Yasinitsky and Dave Hagelganz.

More than 50 college vocal and instrumental groups, combos and soloists from throughout the Northwest performed on College Day at festival.