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Gerner named to UW vocal ensemble
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WHITEWATER - Toni Gerner, Belleville, who is studying music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has earned a spot in the vocal jazz ensemble.

To land a spot with the group, students have to go through an audition that includes assessments of the singer's vocal range and ability to match pitches, sight singing and an excerpt of a jazz or pop tune. Students of all majors can audition.

Students learn to sing vocal jazz music from a stylistically-accurate perspective. They learn different vocal techniques, such as singing with straight tone or how to bend pitches to create a more idiomatically jazz sound.

The group performs four to 10 times per semester.