DARDEN PURCELL is a well respected educator and vocal coach. Dr. Purcell is the Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Voice instructor and Director of the award-winning Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble at George Mason University.
Dr. Purcell's ensembles have performed in Jazz festivals and at conferences throughout the nation, including the Kansas City Jazz Summit, New York Voices Festival (Chicago), Western Michigan Gold Company Jazz Vocal Invitational (Kalamazoo, MI), Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference (Louisville, KY), JENerations Jazz Festival (New Orleans) and Tiffin University's "Accent Vocal Festival" (Tiffin, OH). The Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble was a featured collegiate group at the 2018 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Dallas TX.
She has served as faculty on camps nationwide, including W.O. Smith Music Camp (Nashville), Illinois Summer Youth Music (Champaign, IL) Mason Summer Jazz Workshop, MAT Camp (Wyoming) and National Jazz Workshop.
Universities where Darden has performed as a guest artist/adjudicator/clinician:
Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival
ISSMA State Show Choir and Jazz Vocal Finals
Southern Nazarene University Vocal Jazz Festival
Tiffin University "Accent Vocal Festival"
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Darden's students have won "Outstanding Soloist" and "Outstanding Musicianship" awards at collegiate festivals, Downbeat Student Music awards and military band positions. Spring 2016, the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble was awarded "Outstanding Ensemble" at the Kansas City Jazz Summit. Darden has had the honor of serving as an adjudicator for the Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Jazz Competition hosted by the Blues Alley Jazz Society 2017-2020.
Dr. Purcell provides private instruction for ages (high school and up) and is available for master classes and vocal workshops.