Greg Jasperse, Director
Gold Company is the internationally regarded and award-winning vocal jazz ensemble from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Gold Company is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students whose majors range from jazz studies to vocal performance, music education, music therapy and more. Graduates of the program are currently working everywhere from Broadway to Hollywood, touring with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Sting, Liza Minnelli. Graduates are also working across the country in music production, composition and arranging, music publishing and music education. Gold Company graduates also currently lead the nation’s top collegiate vocal jazz programs.
This select ensemble, part of the innovative Jazz Studies program at WMU, maintains an active performance schedule throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including trips to both coasts just this past year. Gold Company has performed at the Jazz Education Network national international conference, MusicFest Canada, and the Music Educators National Conference. They have also performed at the divisional convention of the American Choral Directors Association, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and jazz festivals across the United States and Canada.
Gold Company and the Jazz Studies program have enjoyed a multitude of guest artists over the past several years. Recent guest artists include Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz, Sunny Wilkinson, Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson, Bobby McFerrin, Gretchen Parlato, Eliane Elias, The Manhattan Transfer, Take Six, New York Voices, The Real Group, Kurt Elling, Curtis Stigers, Esperanza Spalding, Luciana Souza and many more.