Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s Alycia Vince expands musical career
WHAT: Alycia Vince Jazz Trio
WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita
Born into a family of musicians, Alycia Vince began singing before she could talk.
Originally from Sheridan, Wyo., Vince attended college at Western Michigan University on a jazz scholarship. There she studied jazz and classical voice. Post-college, she held a variety of jobs before landing in Colorado’s Grand Valley as Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s symphony manager more than a year ago.
“I had never been to the Grand Valley before taking the job,” Vince said. “I have found the most incredible friends and community here. … It’s such an artistic place.”
According to Vince, she took the job with Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra to continue her career in the music industry.
“Alycia has been a great addition to our staff, a fine colleague and a good friend,” said Jeremy Herigstad, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s marketing director.
In her off time, Vince is a busy musician in her own right. She sings jazz and bluegrass and plays the fiddle for a local band, Stray Grass.
“Music is like language,” she said. “You have to start by using building blocks to learn a new style.”
Playing with local artists like Stray Grass and Tony Rosario has grown her musical skills, she added, because she learns their styles and levels of playing.
“Each genre is stretching me out and helps me apply artistic direction,” Vince explained.
Vince also recorded two jazz albums, which are available on her website or on iTunes, and her inspiration comes from life experiences and other musicians.
“I focus on getting something meaningful out of every performance,” she said. “Music has such an affect on people even when you don’t know it. You don’t know who it’s affecting even if it’s yourself.”
Vince currently has several shows lined up in April and May throughout the Grand Valley. Her next show is set for Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Fruita’s Cavalcade (201 E. Aspen Ave.). Tickets cost $25 (including a “meet the artist” reception) or $15 for a single ticket. She plans to perform with pianist Dave Izard and bassist Mike Facey.
Vince also hopes to attend many festivals this summer with Stray Grass throughout Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. She will travel to New York to record her third album as well.
For more information, visit http://www.alyciavince.com.
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