Dallas-based jazz vocalist Christine Hannan has often been called a musician’s musician. Whether she is playing classical trumpet in an orchestra or leading her own vocal jazz quintet, her deep musical roots, varied training, and versatile skill-set makes her stand apart. As a jazz
vocalist, her deep alto voice is both warm and reedy at the same time, able to caress a lyric or swing with power and sass. From exciting original arrangements of the Great American Songbook, wordless improvisations, and angular instrumental melodies, her repertoire is varied and contemporary.
A multi-instrumentalist, Christine began her musical studies as a classically trained trumpet player. Her studies took her to internationally-renowned conservatory Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. For four intensive years, she honed her trumpet technique as a student of
Edmund Cord, former principal trumpet player of the Israel Philharmonic. She was also mentored by a great many respected composers and trumpet players, including Anthony Plog, Joey Tartell, and John Rommell. Also deft in commercial styles, Christine was selected to play
in the top jazz ensemble under famed jazz pedagogue David Baker.
Collaborating with jazz friends and colleagues in Chicago led her to pursue a Master’s degree in vocal jazz. She was accepted into one of the nation’s leading jazz institutions, the University of North Texas. There she focused on her new passion for singing, honing her skills in songwriting, arranging, piano, and improvisation as well. She studied privately with master vocalist Rosana Eckert, developing her song interpretation, vocal technique, and improvisation. She earned a spot in the award-winning and premier vocal jazz ensemble, the UNT Jazz Singers, directed by renowned educator Jennifer Barnes. Christine was part of the group which won a Downbeat in 2015 for Best Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble. With this dynamic ensemble, she had the opportunity to sing with ten-time Grammy award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin, the world renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, as well as vocalists from Grammy award-winning groups, including Lauren Kinhan (New York Voices), Bonnie Herman (Singers Unlimited), and Clark Bourroughs and Don Shelton (Hi-Lo’s). She was honored to be a part of the inaugural performance of UNT’s newly acquired library collection of Gene Puerling arrangements, music written for legendary groups Singers Unlimited and The Hi-Lo’s.
Christine was a graduate teaching assistant during her time at UNT, assisting in teaching courses on the history of jazz recordings and jazz ear training. Since her graduation from UNT, she has been teaching privately, students aged five to forty. Her well-rounded instrumental
background gives her a unique approach to vocal technique and pedagogy. As both a vocal and trumpet teacher, she emphasizes the importance of being versatile. Her lessons are individually
tailored to student interests and can include improvisation, songwriting, arranging, theory, in addition to technique. Her intuitive ability to connect with students make her lessons engaging and fun. She loves helping students of all ages discover repertoire, connect with the vast
musical history of both contemporary and classical styles, and learn technique to enable them to perform music they are excited about.
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