Senior Lecturer of Vocal Jazz
Rosana Eckert is an internationally recognized live and studio vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and jazz educator. As a vocal artist, she has recorded four solo CDs and performs regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has had the pleasure of performing and/or recording with such jazz greats as Lyle Mays, Kenny Wheeler, George Duke, Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm, and Bobby McFerrin, and she toured Europe and Scandinavia as a sub in the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet New York Voices. Her debut CD, At the End of the Day, was praised as “an occasion for celebration” by AllAboutJazz.com and “a superior debut” by Cadence Magazine. The CD was a finalist for Best New Jazz Album in the 2006 Independent Music Awards. Her newest CD, Small Hotel, once again showcases her original songs and unique arranging style, and it features guest appearances by trumpeter Marvin Stamm and bassist Christian McBride.
A renowned educator, Rosana serves as Senior Lecturer of vocal jazz at the University of North Texas. Rosana received two degrees from UNT, studying music theory, French Horn, and later, vocal jazz. In the Fall of 1999, she became the first female to join the esteemed jazz faculty. Since then, she has been the primary private jazz voice teacher at UNT as well as faculty and co-host of the UNT Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop. She also serves on the faculty of the New York Voices Summer Vocal Jazz Camp in Bowling Green, Ohio. Rosana is in demand as a clinician, festival adjudicator, and choral arranger, and she has been the guest conductor for many All-State jazz choirs, including California, Colorado, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Nebraska, Arizona, and Iowa. Her vocal ensemble arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications, Hal Leonard, and Rosana Eckert Music and have been performed worldwide. Most recently, she co-wrote a jazz musical for young voices with popular children’s author and educator Sharon Burch titled Freddie the Frog and the Jungle Jazz (published by Hal Leonard).
In addition to her extensive live performing and teaching, Rosana also works regularly as a studio vocalist and voice-over talent in Dallas, having sung or spoken on hundreds of commercials, album projects, publishing demos, and radio IDs around the world.