Singer Jeff

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    Why I do what I do!

Singing, whether as an individual or in a choir, has always been enjoyable for me personally. Through singing we can enrich and enhance the lives of singers as well as listeners. When I direct or sing with several small to medium size choirs, I see value for the community and a feeling I've contributed personally. To contribute this way is my challenge to others.

My Mission:
To make singing attractive, songs need to be Easy, Fun, Familiar, and Enjoyable for those willing to develop their given talant. To bring and/or enhance a singing experience to others is my mission.

The Challenge:
The reality "you can" over a belief "you can't" will yield a more positive outcome. And when you improve your ability as a singer, you enrich yourself and your choir.

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    What Has He Done?

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Jeffrey Haswell, after graduating from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in voice and music education, obtained a lifetime teaching certificate with the State of Wisconsin and began teaching music in the Marinette Public Schools, Marinette, WI. In 1975 he took a choral and instrumental music teaching position in the Whitewater Public Schools, Whitewater, WI. While teaching in the local schools, he periodically held a University Summer Camp honorarium position for Swing & Jazz Choirs as well as completing two Masters degrees; one in Kodaly Music Education and second with emphasis in Choral Conducting.

Upon completion of the Masters degrees in 1981 and with a desire obtain a Doctorate in Music Conducting, he completed and passed the initial application process and entrence examination for a Phd program to Columbia University in New York. But later in 1982 felt he needed a break from further education and put Phd aspirations on hold indefinitely. He never rekindled interest to obtain the Phd, but has always enjoyed directing choirs, jazz choirs, bands and orchestras.

While studying voice as an undergraduate, he spent two summers in New York City with Bernard U Taylor, renowned opera singer and vocal instructor, editor publisher and retired Choral Department Chairperson at Juilliard School of Music.

From 1972 through 1996, Jeffrey Haswell traveled on eight concert tours to Europe as a singer, soloist and chorus director. He has concertized in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Belgium, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, and Austria.

After moving to California he formed and lead the "Stony Ridge Ramblers", a successful eight piece dixieland jazz band, in the San Francisco Bay Area. For 14 years, he performed with this group for County Fairs, Chamber of Commerice events, private & company christmas parties, attorney association parties, senior living communities, Pleasanton Community Concert Series, and Livermore Community Concert Series.

As a Baritone, from 1982 thru 1986 he performed with the "Valley Concert Chorale" the Tri-Valley's premier community chorus serving the Pleasanton, Livermore and Castro Valley. During that time he also performed with the San Francisco Bach Choir at Davies Symphony Hall. Then from 1996 thru 2005, he performed as a Tenor with "Voices of Musica Sacra" a semi-professional community chorus in Walnut Creek, CA. Voices of Musica Sacra is now know "Diablo Choral Artists."

Most recently, from October 2011 through September 2013, he has served as Choir Director for traditional church services at Stallion Springs Community Church. From January 2014 thru September 2015 directed choir for Shepherd of The Hills church in Bear Valley Springs.

In 2014, he formed an outreach group of singers, "Outreach Singers," with a purpose to enhance and enrich the lives of both the singers in the group and those individuals who are shut-in/immobile, in senior care facilities, and hospitals. The outreach group continues to grow and enrich people's lives.

He performs with the Tehachapi Symphony Chorus, The Summit Singers, The Deseret Choral, and sings solos, duets, and in quartets for local church services.

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