Tish Oney

Tish is an award-winning jazz vocalist/composer/arranger and nationally-touring recording/performing artist.

About Me

Dr. Tish Oney, international recording artist, arranger, composer and Artistic Director of several productions, currently touring as a symphony pops soloist, big band soloist, concert cabaret vocalist, pianist, arranger, and jazz vocalist, completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Honors in Jazz Studies and Performance at The University of Southern California's renowned Thornton School of Music. She tours as headlining soloist with two symphony pops shows (jazz and holiday pops) as well as a big band show--all written by Grammy-winning arrangers Chris Walden and Bill Cunliffe as well as renowned arrangers Joe Riposo and Jason Goldman. Tish recently recorded her fifth jazz album--this time with John Chiodini (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass) and Ray Brinker (drums). Currently in production, this project serves as a compilation of new original songs by contemporary jazz composers, including three never-before-heard songs by jazz diva Peggy Lee. This album is due to be released in 2019. Oney's recording of original vocal/guitar duets entitled 'Songs From the Heart,' was honored by the Recording Academy on the 2017 first-round Grammy ballot in three categories. Oney's previous albums, 'Sweet Youth,' 'Dear Peg,' and 'Forever Friend,' also achieved international acclaim and set this artist on the road toward full-time performance and musical artistry. Tish was featured as a big band/symphony soloist in the PBS-broadcast concert recorded at Galen Center in Los Angeles: "We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song," along with Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Wynonna, Patti Austin, Take 6 and Monica Mancini, emceed by Quincy Jones and produced by Phil Ramone, who personally congratulated her after the concert saying: "The future of this music is in very good hands..." Oney has performed and/or recorded with several noted jazz artists including Les Brown, Donald Byrd, John Chiodini, Chuck Berghofer, Bill Watrous, Bill Cunliffe, Bob Rozario, Bob Sachs, Ray Brinker, Mark Sherman, Alan Steinberger, Joel Hamilton, Kendall Kay, Bob Leatherbarrow, John Lockwood, Paul Beaudry, Joe Riposo, Steve Brown, Bill Harris, and George Reed, among others. Tish maintains an active performing and recording career. She has performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Williamsburg Symphony, The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria, the U.S. Army Bands and several other outstanding large ensembles. Tish has headlined at Earshot Jazz Festival and Kirkland Performance Center (Kirkland, WA), Sam's Town Casino (Las Vegas, NV), Syracuse Jazzfest (Syracuse, NY), Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield, WI), Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts (Schaumburg, IL), The Glen Ridge Performing Arts Center (Sarasota, FL), Thousand Oaks Civic Arts (Thousand Oaks, CA), Zimmerli Amphitheatre (for an audience of 5000 in Spartanburg, SC), the Crouse-Hinds Concert Hall (for a sold-out audience of 2200 in Syracuse, NY) and the Hawai'i Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), among other large venues. She has appeared as headlining performer at many jazz hotspots including The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Michael Feinstein's Park Avenue club, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, and the off-Broadway theatre, The Triad, in New York. Tish was deeply honored to serve an outstanding ensemble--the U.S. Army's 'Pershing's Own'-- as their 2017 Artist-In-Residence, presenting workshops, vocal jazz clinics and a joint concert with the Army Voices and Army Blues at Arlington National Cemetery. She was honored in 2016 to win the 'Jazz Artist/Group of the Year' Award at the South Carolina Music Awards, and in 2015 her high school honored her as one of the inaugural five 'Graduates of Distinction.' She has been lauded in the 2008 book "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide" authored by jazz critic Scott Yanow. She was also honored to be named a 2014 USC Winter Scholar for her development of two touring symphony shows, and was selected to be the 2011-12 Robert G. Boehmler Visiting Artist at Ithaca College School of Music. A recipient of The Diane Warren Award, Dr. Oney earned two initiations (by faculty at both IC and USC) into national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda for her musical excellence. Dr. Oney earned her Master of Music degree with Honors in Voice Performance from Ithaca College. In addition to her full performing and recording career, Dr. Oney has served as an award-winning professor of music at seven major universities and colleges, plus several others as a visiting artist/professor. Considered an expert in vocal jazz, musical theatre, commercial voice and classical voice, Dr. Oney travels widely to perform, record, compose, arrange, conduct and teach worldwide in both jazz and classical circles. When at home, she teaches lessons in voice and piano at her home studio in Greenville, SC. A talented jazz journalist and blogger, Oney writes a monthly column titled "Anatomy of a Standard" for the online magazine, All About Jazz. Her diverse artistic talents combine to form an outstanding performing artist, pedagogue, and author with exceptional technique, improvisational skill, and expertise.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2016-08-11

I first began singing jazz when I was a kid... I discovered that I had the innate ability to improvise new melodies and put rhyming lyrics together on the spot! My interest in jazz grew rapidly and I began to saturate my ears with the timeless voices of Ella, Sarah, Billie and others. My story continues... I am blessed today to be performing jazz for a living as a touring performing/recording artist, composer and arranger.