Halton JAZZ Singers was founded in 2013 by Darcea Hiltz as a Not-For-Profit music community hub. Now, in 2019 the group consists of Darcea Hiltz, Jason Miller, Siona Neale and Rocco Continenza. The quartet, “The Halton JAZZ Singers” fulfills the vocal jazz quartet make-up of soprano (Darcea), alto (Siona) tenor (Jason) & baritone (Rocco) once again!
The Halton JAZZ Singers has been likened to the New York Voices and the Manhattan Transfer because of their audience appeal, their energy and ability to navigate close harmonies. “Canadas Greatest Hits,” by Dylan Bell and Suba Sakaran, was commissioned for the group with the support of the Oakville Arts Council. Halton JAZZ Singers has performed with Burlington’s Symphony on the Bay (conductor Claudio Vena); Halton JAZZ Singers continues its musical collaborations with Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble (led by Bruce Cassidy, “The Boss Brass” co-founder); Swingline Little Big Band (co-directed by Urmas Soomet and Darren Blundell); and with their own instrumental jazz trio (piano – Heiki Tamm, drums – James Compton, and string bass – Brent Gelhar), “HJS+HJB JAZZ Sextet.”
Halton JAZZ Singers is a member of, and cultural grant recipient, from Oakville Arts Council.
Halton JAZZ Singers is a past winner of Burlington’s “Canada Day Performers Contest.” In 2017, Halton JAZZ Singers was accepted into ArtsVest – Business for the Arts’ national training program: participants receive tips, tools, mentorship opportunities and significant financial incentives to secure corporate sponsor partnerships.
Halton JAZZ Singers rehearse in Oakville and Mississauga and record at Studio 13 in Millgrove.