Jeanine Ouderkirk's soaring and effortless vocals dare to enthrall listeners of every generation. With a background as a bass clarinetist & baritone saxophonist, a heightened sense of harmony gives way to effervescent improvisation and melodic reinterpretation. A youthful capacity for infusing lyric with playfulness and sensuality will woo. More than music, the sense of true spontaneity and connection with those who have arrived to the moment are the prime directives of this musician.
A passionate educator as well as performer, Jeanine holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and a Master of Music in Music Education from The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. She is currently the music teacher at St. Mary’s School of Waterford and resides in Schuylerville, NY. She has been teaching privately for over a decade in the Saratoga Springs, offering voice, piano, flute, clarinet, & saxophone lessons.
Jeanine draws from such influences as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Blossom Dearie, Kurt Elling, Chet Baker, Sheila Jordan, and the many instrumentalists who were her first obsession, Gerry Mulligan, Chris Potter, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Pharaoh Sanders, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, & Gary Smulyan to name (more than) a few. Most recently, true inspiration has come in the form of the amazingly talented and in-tune-with-the-universe being that is Bobby McFerrin. Over ten days and two summers ('12 &'14), the art of Circlesongs and the spiritual reaching into one's improvisatory soul was imparted and will be explored further in a range of Circlesinging sessions in the Capital District.
Please contact Jeanine with any questions, especially regarding: private/public vocal performances (duo, trio, quartet), Circlesong workshops, private instruction, pit orchestras (flute, clarinet, alto sax, bass clarinet, baritone sax), big bands (baritone sax doubling on any woodwinds), short-notice sight-reading substitute sessions