Trish Colter

Trish Colter

Trish has performed as a professional vocalist since 1976 and early in her career she toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2003, she was nominated for a National Jazz Award as Vocalist of the Year. Trish has performed with such notable jazz artists as Guido Basso, Pat LaBarbera, Frank Mantooth and Don Thompson, and has opened for Buddy DeFranco and Marvin Hamlisch.

Trish performs regularly in Toronto jazz clubs and has appeared at many jazz festivals, including the mainstage at the du Maurier Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival and the Ottawa Jazz Festival as well as the Orillia, Hillebrand, Streetsville, Port Perry Jazz Festivals. Trish has been a featured artist on CBC radio series “Live At Five” and the Laurentian University, Winnipeg CBC, Brandon Jazz Festival, CJRT.FM Sounds of Toronto Jazz and Markham “Women In Jazz” Concert Series.

She has been a guest vocalist with the Paul Ashwell Jazz Orchestra and on Bill King’s “Diva” series. Trish is the vocalist with the Humber College Faculty/Alumni Jazz Ensemble which has performed with such luminaries as Bill Hollman and Maria Schneider and in feature concerts in the Toronto Downtown and Ottawa Jazz Festivals.

In 1998 Trish, along with pianist Paul Read, released her first CD, The Dance Never Ends. The pair’s recordings have also been featured on two compilation CD’s, From The Ground Up and Hidden Treasures. The second CD, At Long Last Love, was released in February 2002 to rave reviews. Her recordings have had extensive airplay on jazz stations all across North America.

Trish is a lyricist, an accomplished arranger and a well-known music educator. Her studies include formal education at the University of Western Ontario ( B.A. B Ed.) and extensive private voice training in both the classical and jazz genres. She joined the music faculty of Humber College in 1986 and in 1987 was appointed full time head of the vocal department. She conducts the award winning Humber College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which has been featured in concerts at the Ontario Vocal Festival, MusicFest Canada, The International Association of Jazz Educators Conference and the Hummingbird Centre.

Trish’s choral arrangements for vocal jazz and rhythm section have been featured on “Standards” Volumes 2 and 3 on Humber Recordings. She was also head of vocal jazz for the National Music Camp’s Jazz Program from 1992 to 2001. Trish is in demand as a clinician for ensemble and solo voices in high schools, colleges and universities and has adjudicated and been a featured clinician at many music festivals across Canada and the United States. In 2000, Trish was awarded the Humber College Distinguished Faculty Award and in 2001 the NISOD Award Of Excellence in Teaching.

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