Justin Binek is the head of Vocal Jazz Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he directs the UArts Jazz Singers and Vox pop a cappella ensemble; teaches Jazz Improvisation, Musicianship and Applied Voice; and serves as a voice department concert coordinator, accompanist and vocal coach. Under his direction, the UArts Jazz Singers performed at the 2008 International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference in Bologna, Italy; the ensemble has also given feature performances at the Berks Jazz Festival, Ohio Jazz Summit, and the Delaware Music Educators Association and New Jersey Music Educators Association conferences. Justin has also helped UArts develop relationships with the Liverpool Institute of Music and the Projazz Escuela Internacional de Musica in Santiago, Chile.
Justin also maintains an active jazz and classical performing schedule as a singer, pianist and clinician/adjudicator. He is an active arranger and composer whose works are published by Sound Music Publications. A contributing author to Diana Spradling's groundbreaking book, Jazz Singing: Artistry and Craft, Justin presented "The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Scat Singers" at the 2008 International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, and at the 2008 ISME World Conference. He has been the music director and conductor of the New Jersey Honors Jazz Choir since fall 2007, and has directed numerous other state- and region-level jazz and classical honor choirs. Justin also serves on the faculty of the Halewynstichting Jazz Camp in Dworp, Belgium, and the Pro Music Summer Camp in Tiffin, Ohio, and previously served as the director of Jazz and Choral Ensembles at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. He holds a master’s degree in Voice Performance and Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Mary.