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Josh Groban and Nazareth Students: A Perfect Vocal Partnership

Published July 02, 2019

Nazareth College Vocal Jazz has become a favorite of Josh Groban's when he is touring New York State. Nazareth vocalists have sung back up for Groban six times, this appearance at his June 28 concert at Turning Stone Resort.

It's a honor for all the students and demanding work. The students work with a vocal coach a couple days before the concert, but they do not rehearse with Groban or the orchestra until they show up on stage and put it all together in performance.

"This never gets old," said Nancy Strelau, associate chair of Nazareth's Music Department, who helps contract the show with Groban. "This is a professional, life-changing experience and this time around the experience was only 48 hours from the beginning of Wednesday's rehearsal to the performance on Friday night."

Also a first, Strelau invited two incoming Nazareth freshmen, Collin Pickett, a music therapy major from Vestal, N.Y., and Michael King, a music theatre major from Rochester, to sing with Groban, quite an impressive experience leading into their time at Nazareth.

Here is the list of performers comprised of incoming freshmen, current students, alumni, invited guest vocalists.


Jessica Tripi

Kristen Emery

Haley Brunstad

Taylor Eike

Abby Duffy


Hadley Strelau

Kristen Maxfield

Jean-Marie Carroll

Morgan Beaton

Taylor Santabarbara


Toby Young

Christian Drew

Colin Pickett

Evan Burnett

Michael King


John Caboot

Lamont Haywood

Gabriel Brett

Joel Touranjoe

Demetrio Alomar

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Nazareth vocalists flank singer Josh Groban before they go on stage at Turning Stone on June 28.