Greg Amerind has been performing since the age of 5 studying piano, trumpet and voice throughout his school years, eventually majoring in music and theater at UCLA and Cal State University, Northridge, and at Arizona State University where he received the Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and Master of Music degree in Voice Performance. A songwriter and professional singer for many years in Los Angeles, his career includes stops in Musical Theater, nightclubs and concert venues, most notably with Pacific Jazz & Electric, a jazz vocal ensemble he co-founded and for which he wrote and arranged much of the material; and studios, where he was often called upon to record demos for LA songwriters as well as for commercial, TV and Radio, and industrial projects. Greg was a featured soloist with Lionel Hampton and his big band, and has also performed with entertainers such as Ann Jillian, John Astin and Patrick Duffy in various projects, as well as appearing briefly in the film The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond and Sir Lawrence Olivier. Relocating to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1997, Greg has served as soloist, composer/arranger and director of the SGI-USA Arizona Cactus Chorus, a lay Buddhist community group devoted to the cause of world peace through music and cultural exchange. He had the honor of conducting a 300-voice interfaith choir singing 'We Are One' at Phoenix's Chase Field in commemoration of the September 11 attacks on America. He is currently the Artistic Assistant for the Phoenix Boys Choir and directs ASU's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, HEATWAVE. As a composer, he has a catalogue that includes dozens of choral and jazz vocal ensemble arrangements as well as over 150 songs in the genres of classical, pop, jazz, rock, R & B and show tunes. His choral arrangements and compositions have been performed by Jr. High, High School and Collegiate choirs, and his solo CD, 'Late Boomer,' a collection of original jazz vocal compositions is available here at CD Baby and at most digital download sites. Greg has also been a private voice instructor since 1982 and is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Choral Conducting at ASU.
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