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Over a life-long career in music, Michele Weir has touched the lives of students around the globe and powerfully influenced the growth and development of jazz education. Through her volumes of creative arrangements for vocal and instrumental groups, and her talents as a pianist and singer, Michele is profoundly respected for her versatile skill set and ability to inspire. As one student put it, “Thank you again for being such an amazing mentor. You are truly the person I strive to be.”

Michele’s arrangements are performed by renowned vocal groups including The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Swingle Singers, M-Pact, Beachfront Property, Chanticleer, Voice Trek, and her orchestral works played by various symphonies including the Boston Pops. Her educational arrangements are distributed by leading publishers including Hal Leonard, Alfred Publishing, Shawnee Press, SMP Jazz as well as her own online company, MichMusic. As Vocal Producer for the Manhattan Transfer’s 2009 CD release, The Chick Corea Songbook, Michele worked closely with the Transfer and contributed two arrangements to the project. Other arrangements or compositions have been featured on the Shari Lewis TV show, Disney’s 101 Dalmations Sing-along CD, and the Holland America Cruise line.

Currently on faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Michele taught previously at USC, CSU Long Beach, and the Phil Mattson School. As a highly sought-after teacher and clinician, Michele has been invited to teach in 23 countries to date and has delivered presentations for some of the world’s most prestigious music conferences including the World Choral Symposium, the IAJE and JEN Conferences, and the ACDA National Conference. Her educational book/CD sets, Vocal Improvisation (Advance Music), Jazz Singer’s Handbook (Alfred Publishing), and Jazz Piano Handbook (Alfred Publishing) are available internationally.

Michele’s past tours as pianist and/or singer range from Ogalla, Nebraska to Carnegie Hall, South Korea with Patti Kim to Atlantic City with Bobby Vinton, and more. A former vocal member of the Grammy Nominated PM Singers (under the direction of Phil Mattson,) Michele also contributed arrangements to the group’s concert repertoire and recordings. Her duo CD as a vocalist with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman is titled, The Sound of Music. In her role as Music Supervisor for the DreamWorks film, Prince of Egypt, Michele journeyed through Europe and Asia to oversee the music production for the film’s foreign language dubs.

Michele is a member of SAG-AFTRA and ASCAP.

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A prolific vocal group arranger, Michele’s works are sung by groups around the globe and her orchestral arrangements played by regional symphonies in the U.S. Other instrumental arrangements and compositions have been featured for various television programs and entertainment companies.

The Manhattan Transfer
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500 Miles High
New York Voices
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O’ Come All Ye Faithful
M-Pact
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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Phil Mattson and the PM Singers
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I Hear Music
A Child is Born
Beachfront Property

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Wonderful Peace
Angel Eyes
I Saw Her Standing There
Uptown Vocal Quartet
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
He Beeped When He Should of Bopped

Voice Trek
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Mickey’s Diner
Vox P
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He’s Asleep
Sixth Wave
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Oye Como Va

Okai Singers
O-kai Singers
Sagalima
Phil Mattson and the PM Singers
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C’est Si Bon
Jubilee
American River College
You’re Making Me Crazy
Born To Be Blue
Virginia Tech
You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To
Western Michigan University’s “Gold Company”
Let Your Love Rain
Ticket to Ride
DeAnza College
Deixa
Kirkwood Community College
If It Could Be
Mount San Antonio College
So Danco Samba
University of North Texas
Morning Coffee
Brigham Young University
The Story
Voices Iowa/SWCC
Millikan University
University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Berkeley College of Music
Cal. State University Long Beach
University of Northern Colorado
Michele’s educational arrangements available through these publishers:

MichMusic
Hal Leonard
Oxford Univ. Press
Shawnee Press
Sound Music Pubs
Mainely A Capella
Heritage Jazz Press
U.N.C Jazz Press
Alfred Publishing
beachfront propertyMichele has written numerous orchestral arrangements to accompany her vocal charts for Beachfront Property, New York Voices, M-Pact (coming soon), and various solo singers. Listen to examples:

Orchestral Excerpt
(with vocal group Beachfront Property)

Rosana Eckert
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Sandman
Rock Me To Sleep
Lisanne Lyons
Lisanne Lyons
Right As Rain
If I Only Had A Brain
Never Can Say Goodbye
The Touch of Your Lips
Mary Hylan
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Some Children See Him
Angels We Have Heard On High

Michele’s original songs were featured on the children’s television show, “Charlie Horse Music Pizza” (starring Shari Lewis), and other writing includes big band prerecords for a Holland America Cruise Line show and vocal arrangements for Disney’s “101 Dalmations” sing-along CD.

Here are few of her original jazz tunes:

Doce de Coco (Performed by Araca Azul)
Now and Then (Performed by Paul Mazzio)
Cedar’s Song (Performed by Paul Mazzio)
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Michele is highly sought after vocal jazz teacher, clinician, and conductor, making frequent appearances around the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.  At home, Michele teaches privately and serves on the faculty at U.C.L.A.
Notable clinics include the World Choral Symposium, the National American Choral Directors Association (A.C.D.A.) Convention, the International Association for Jazz Education (I.A.J.E.), and many others. See a listing of Michele’s past clinics and workshops. See upcoming events on the Calendar page.
  • Lima, Peru; workshops and concerts for the Jazz Festival En Lima
  • Taiwan; workshops and judge for Taiwan International Choral Ensemble Festival (multiple appearances)
  • Tilbourg, Netherlands; adjudicator for large vocal group festival
  • Copenhagen, Denmark; 2-day special workshop by invitation of the Choral Union
  • Helsinki, Finland; guest lecturer at the Sibelius Academy and the Jazz/Pop Conservatory (multiple appearances)
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands; special clinics at the Hilversums Conservatory
  • Belgium and South Africa; World Youth Choir. Co-conductor with Steve Zegree; numerous concerts
  • Silkeborg, Denmark; special clinics with local adult amateur vocal ensemble
  • Vancouver, British Columbia; Soundwave Vocal Jazz Workshop (multiple appearances)
  • Bologna, Italy; Vocal Jazz Workshop
  • Ibbenburen, Germany; Pink Pop Jazz Workshop (multiple appearances)
  • The Netherlands; Vocal Jazz Days Jazz Workshop
  • Graz, Austria. Judge for vocal group competition, Vokal Total (multiple appearances)
  • Guadalajara, Mexico; Tonica International Jazz Seminar
  • Isla de Cerrito, Argentina; Workshops and Concerts
  • Zarautz, Spain; Zarautz International Jazz Seminar
  • Bonn, Germany; Vocal Jazz Workshop (with Darmon Meader and Matthias Becker)
  • Inzikofen, Germany; Vocal Jazz Workshop (with New York Voices and Bob Stoloff)
  • Parnu, Estonia; Conductor, Europa Canta Junior
  • Numerous additional smaller clinics presented at conservatories and special events in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Austria and Germany
  • The Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz Workshops (multiple locations and appearances)
  • University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Workshop (Denton, Texas – multiple appearances)
  • Speech Level Singing Workshop with Seth Riggs (Los Angeles – multiple appearances)
  • Teacher Training Institute, sponsored by I.A.J.E. (multiple locations and appearances)
  • Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Fairbanks, Alaska – multiple appearances)
  • Jazz Camp West (La Honda, California – multiple appearances)
  • The Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Workshop (Kalamazoo, Michigan – multiple appearances)
  • Swing Week (Augusta, West Virginia)
  • Los Angeles Vocal Jazz Workshop (multiple appearances)
  • Marin, California; Clinics for special event hosted by Primarily A Capella
  • Clinics for University of Wyoming Summer Workshop for teachers (multiple appearances)
  • Jason and Jeremys Boot Camp (multiple locations and appearances)
  • IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) Conference presentations (multiple locations and appearances)
  • JEN (Jazz Educators Network) Conference presentations
  • ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) National Conference clinic
  • ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Regional Conference clinic
  • World Choral Symposium clinic
  • CMEA (Cal. Music Educators Association) Conference clinics (multiple locations and appearances)
  • MusicFest Canada (multiple locations and appearances)
  • Rocky Mountain Festival. Clinician/adjudicator and guest artist (Banff, Alberta – multiple appearances)
  • Clinics for educational tour company, Educational Field Services (Los Angeles – multiple appearances)
  • Clinics for educational tour companies, National Events and World Events (Los Angeles)
  • Panelist for Arts Recognition and Talent Search (Miami, Florida – multiple appearances)
  • Judge for national Harmony Sweepstakes competition (San Raphael, California – multiple appearances)
  • Judge for Spotlight Music Awards (Los Angeles, California)
  • California All-State (2 times)
  • Illinois All-State (2 times)
  • Colorado All-State
  • Vancouver All-Province
  • Washington All-State
  • Wisconsin All-State
  • Rhode Island All-State
  • Arizona All-State
  • Oklahoma All-State
  • North Dakota All-State
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As a vocalist, Michele has performed at numerous jazz festivals and educational events as well as being a vocal member and contributing arranger for the Grammy-nominated six-voice group, “Phil Mattson and the pm singers.” Michele is also an accomplished pianist having toured and recorded as accompanist for various artists.

sound_of_musicDuo recording with guitarist BruceForman and Michele. Creative treatments of great tunes; liner notes by guitarist Kenny Burrell. (Available at the MichMusic Store.)

I’m Old Fashioned
Whisper Not
The Sound of Music
The Thrill is Gone
I Hear a Rhapsody

instudio2Michele’s background as a pianist includes touring internationally with various artists and bands including singer Bobby Vinton. She is a well regarded jazz singer’s accompanist.

Baklavah
Doce de Coco

From Mary Hylan CD: (Michele arranged and produced)

Some Children See Him
Angels We Have Heard On High
This six-voice ensemble under the leadership of pianist/educator/arranger Phil Mattson was one of the most well respected groups of its time. The pm singers performed sophisticated 6-part harmonies in live performance, the style of which had previously only been heard on recordings by groups such as Singer’s Unlimited. Michele was both a singing member and arranger for the group.

The pm singers recorded 2 albums, “Night in the City” and “Jubilee,” the latter of which was nominated for two Grammy Awards. A number of artists shared the stage with the pm singers: Bobby McFerrin, Don Shelton, Rob McConnell, Ritchie Cole and Bonnie Herman and the Airmen of Note.

Jubilee (arr. Weir)
C’est Si Bon (arr. Weir)
Stella By Starlight (arr. Mattson)
A Child is Born (arr. Weir)
Night in the City (arr. Weir)
I Hear Music (arr. Mattson)
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“As we have all been fans of yours for years, it was the right time and project to give you that call… and boy was it the right call! It is with deepest heartfelt and sincere gratitude we bow to you deal Michele! We thank you for not only guiding us as vocalists, but having the patience, calm and tremendous ears to take us fearlessly to this new land! “
The Manhattan Transfer - From the liner notes of The Chick Corea Songbook
“You did such a great job with us – thank you!”
Janis Siegel - The Manhattan Transfer
“I am very grateful for every moment you were there. You helped us like no one else could have! (Regarding the recording of The Chick Corea Songbook)”
Cheryl Bentyne - The Manhattan Transfer
“I am a huge fan of your music! I absolutely love your music! I just wanted to say thank you for your musical genius.”
Heather Sitek - Student, University of Pennsylvania
“I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that you are such an inspiring person and artist. I’m really proud of you for working so hard. It’s not easy to make a living as an artist and you really have made a great life for yourself.”
Kristy Kruger - singer