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Wausau Vocal Jazz Festival

The Vocal Jazz Festival at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau is a non-competitive festival open to both high school and college vocal jazz groups.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Guest Artists/Clinicians: Christine Guter and Justin Binek

Groups will prepare 2-3 songs to perform on stage with our state-of-the-art sound system and then participate in a clinic with clinicians Christine Guter and Justin Binek.

In addition to an off-stage clinic, your choir will learn from watching other high school and college groups perform, will attend masterclasses by members by our guest artists, will have an opportunity to work on solo singing, and will be given discounted tickets to attend an evening concert by Christine Guter and Justin Binek that you don’t want to miss.

A professional rhythm section will be available to perform with your group if it is desired, and a private YouTube video of your group’s performance will be created so your students can watch their performance and share with family and friends. We hope to see you in April!

Group participation fee is $250.   Ticket price to the evening concert at 7pm by Christine Guter and Justin Binek is reduced to $5 for all participating students/teachers!

Registration Options:

Online Form HERE
Printable Form to mail/scan/fax HERE


Christine Guter and Justin Binek Concert Tickets

Christine Guter

Christine Guter (Helferich) is a jazz vocalist, pianist, and studio singer who brings an immense wealth of experience to our faculty. She has a full, rich voice of great range and versatility. Christine mainly works as a jazz vocalist, but is versed in many musical styles including classical, pop/rock, musical theater, country, and blues. She has performed extensively at concerts, festivals, colleges, and other venues in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Christine performs frequently in L.A. and Orange County, and has worked with many legendary musicians including Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Bobby McFerrin, and Darmon Meader.

Christine has worked extensively in studio settings since 1990, and has sung on over 40 Hollywood soundtracks including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Despicable Me 2, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Lorax, Men in Black 3, Ice Age 4, Superman Returns, Beowulf, Horton Hears a Who, and Spiderman 3. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). She also is the lead singer in the nationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, Vocalogy.

Justin Binek

Justin Binek is an internationally recognized singer, pianist, clinician/adjudicator, arranger, and composer based out of Kansas City. He is as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Jazz Studies at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and also teaches at The Jazz Harmony Retreat and the Halewynstichting (Belgium) Jazz Workshop. Justin's notable works include his jazz-inspired Missa Lucis(Kerry Marsh Music) and his dissertation, "The evolution of Ella Fitzgerald's syllabic choices in scat singing: a critical analysis of her Decca recordings, 1943-1952." He is also one of the in-app clinicians on the ScatAbilityapp for iOS. For more information, visit

Come enjoy an evening of unforgettable music!


  • 7 p.m., James F. Veninga Theater
  • $15 – general admission ($5 for participating school groups)
  • Tickets are available in advance online at the link above.  If tickets remain they will be sold at the box office beginning half an hour before the performance.

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