Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
Liz Tobias is a seasoned vocalist who has been recognized as a “breath of fresh air on the world jazz stage.” A unique mix of soul and sharp technique, Liz draws audiences in with her Australian charm and creative interpretations of works old and new. Liz took first place in the International Jazz Voicingers Competition (Poland) in 2009 and was ranked 3rd in the prestigious National Jazz Awards (Australia) during 2012. A veteran of the Jazz summer festival circuit, Liz has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the Panama Jazz Festival and the Easy Jazz Festival in Poland, among others, where she has worked with jazz greats Quincy Jones, Dave Holland, David Linx, James Morrison and Jarek Smietana.
Liz’s passion for music extends beyond the stage into the classroom, with over a decade of experience as a dynamic educator in a range of settings. She focuses largely on vocal health, Jazz improvisation, diversity in musical styles and confidence-building techniques. Liz has held teaching positions at Tabor College in Adelaide, Australia as well as a host of secondary schools including Pembroke School, Concordia College and Scotch College. In these roles, she has taught voice and piano and coached both Jazz vocal and instrumental ensembles. She has led Jazz clinics around the world in Australia, Poland, Panama, and the United States, both in school and festival settings. To support this work, Liz has developed curricula ranging from beginning vocal technique to Jazz History and improvisation.
Liz is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Jazz Voice at the New England Conservatory under the guidance of leading jazz performers and educators such as Dominique Eade, Ken Schaphorst, Fred Hersch, Cecil McBee, John McNeil, Miguel Zenon, Kate Mcgarry, Jerry Bergonzi and voice-technician Jeannette LoVetri. Liz also holds a master’s degree from New England Conservatory, where she was chosen to work with Grammy award-winning singer Luciana Souza in a special concert featuring Souza’s music. Liz hails from Adelaide, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Jazz Performance from the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
Liz belongs to the large, eclectic club of church minister daughters turned professional singers. Steeped in gospel and soul music from a very young age, Liz began her love affair with Jazz as a teenager, with hours spent soaking in the sounds of Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea. Growing up on a farm in Adelaide, Australia, Liz’s music holds many layers of experience—rural, urban, sun-kissed, ice-locked, and most shades in between.