Vocal Music

Olympic College Music Department

The vocal music program consists of both audition and non-audition ensembles and choirs, as well as private voice lessons, so there is an opportunity for everyone to participate.  The style of music varies from classical to jazz and everything in between.  Each year the choirs participate in major music festivals both locally and nationally.  Frequently, internationally known clinicians are brought on campus to perform and to work personally with the students to improve technique and performance. 

Chamber Choir

We are very fortunate to have an audition chamber choir at Olympic College.  This is a group of 35-40 students that excel in choral music.  This group performs music from 20th century to Baroque at its highest level.  We often have guest clinicians in and perform with other community and high school choirs throughout the year.  This is the most dedicated of all 4 ensembles at Olympic College and we pride ourselves with our commitment to choral literature.  Anyone who is in a jazz ensemble is also required to participate in a concert choir.


Vocal Jazz at its best!  We represent Olympic College on tours and within the community, doing between 15-25 concerts a year.  We are very enthusiastic about our music and strive to learn all we can about vocal jazz.  This includes, but is not limited to, improvisation clinics, solo singing, listening, writing lead sheets, and working with small groups and combos outside of class.

In past years, Jazzline has traveled on a festival cruise to Mexico, been to Thailand, the Caribbean, and Canada.  In 2005 and 2006, we won first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.  In 2005 and 2007 we placed 3rd and 1st, respectively, at the Reno Jazz Festival in Nevada.  In 2006, we toured to the University of Northern Colorado Festival where Lance Hueter received outstanding soloist.   We were privileged to stop in Salt Lake City and watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform, as well. In 2008-09, we traveled to Fullerton, California for the Fullerton College Jazz Festival and as a special treat, we were able to perform at Disney's California Adventure Park. 

Most of all, Jazzline members love to perform at a high standard.  They are people who live and breathe each other and work hard to perform at their best. Jazzline personnel have a great attitude and respect for the music and each other and strive to help others succeed in this genre of music.

Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz II

These ensembles are the non-audition counter-parts to Chamber Choir and Jazzline and are open to anyone who wants to join.  They meet 3 times per week and perform in the end of the quarter concerts.  These ensembles are great for people new to singing, looking for extra credits, wanting to improve their abilities, or who just want to have fun!


In addition to vocal ensembles, the vocal program, in a joint effort with the theater department, presents a major opera every two years. In 2009 the Opera department presented the Gilbert & Sullivan opera "Iolanthe" and in 2011 they presented Mozart's "La Finta Giardiniera" or "The Pretend Garden Girl". The opera is directed by private vocal instructor, Susan Trainer.  The set design is by Theater Faculty, David Payne.  The opera is offered as a class during the winter and spring quarters, with the performance at the end of the spring quarter.  This years opera is Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Gondoliers" and will be held May 30th thru June 2nd.  Click HERE for more information.

Auditions for Chamber Choir, Jazzline, and scholarships begin in March and are by appointment only.  50%-75% scholarship tuition waivers are available to outstanding singers and combo players.  To make an audition appointment, contact Teresa Eliason, Director of the Vocal Program, at (360) 475-7117 or teliason@olympic.edu.

Teresa Eliason

Ms. Eliason is an active educator of vocal music.  In increasing demand as a clinician and adjudicator, she has been a clinician and judge at vocal jazz festivals, choral festivals, and solo/ensembles contests in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kansas, Washington, and Idaho.

Teresa received her BA in Music Education from Eastern Washington University in 1990.  From there she went on to teach vocal music at Central Valley High School and Greenacres Junior High in Spokane, Washington for four years.

In 1996, she received her Masters in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado where she served as teaching assistant in both the Jazz and Choral program, as well as assistant coordinator to Dr. Gene Aitken and John Davis for the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival from 1994-1996.  While at UNC, VJ I, under her direction, won Downbeat Magazine’s outstanding college vocal jazz group in 1996.

In 1996 she moved to Oklahoma where she was Director of Vocal Jazz at Northeastern State University Oklahoma.  Her duties there included direction of the NSU Vocal Jazz ensemble, the NSU Revue, and private voice instruction.

Teresa finally returned to her home state of Washington where she is currently Director of Choral Activities at Olympic College in Bremerton.  At Olympic College she directs the audition Chamber Choir and Jazzline groups, as well as VJII, and Concert Choir.  She also teaches Music Fundamentals and Private Voice.

Reviewed 7/101/2014