School of Music Senior Wins Montreux Jazz Voice Competition
Alita Moses '15 (Vocal Performance) named the first place-winner in the prestigious contest
July 14, 2014
Rising School of Music senior Alita Moses '15 (Vocal Performance) has been named the first-place winner in the 2014 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition. Finals were held July 12 in Montreux, Switzerland, during the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival.
Open to professional singers under the age of 35, the international voice competition was created in 2003 by festival founder Claude Nobs to lend a helping hand to young singers struggling for recognition and to enable them to meet singers of the same age and level from other countries. This year's jury was led by acclaimed blues singer Sweet Georgia Brown (pictured below right with Moses).
Submissions from the 12th Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition, which came from over 40 countries, were narrowed down to nine, including Moses, who then participated in the semi-finals at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She took home the top prize after a final performance against two other singers.
Moses, who performed the jazz standards "Four" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," also wowed the audience and judges with her lively rendition of Magda Giannikou's "Amour T’es La." The West Hartford, Conn., native says she draws her versatility from performances at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in NYC, solo work with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and writing and singing with r&b, indie and pop bands in the Philadelphia area.