Tish Oney

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

About Me

Dr. Tish Oney, international performing/recording artist, arranger, and composer currently tours as a symphony pops and big band soloist, jazz vocalist, light lyric soprano, and artist-in-residence. Oney has arranged several hundred pieces for jazz combo including hits from the Great American Songbook as well as her originals and is frequently commissioned to write, arrange, and perform unique concert presentations.

Tish recently released her fifth major recording project featuring John Chiodini (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass) and Ray Brinker (drums). This album, The Best Part (on the Blujazz label) serves as a compilation of new original songs by contemporary jazz composers, including three never-before-heard songs co-written by jazz diva Peggy Lee. Oney's 2015 recording of original vocal/guitar duets titled Songs from the Heart was honored by the Recording Academy on the 2016 first-round Grammy ballot in three categories, including “Song of the Year.” Oney's previous albums, Sweet Youth, Dear Peg, and Forever Friend, also achieved international airplay, Grammy consideration, and critical acclaim.

Oney has performed and/or recorded with hundreds of renowned jazz artists and has headlined at thousands of live performances worldwide. She 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, and Take 6, emceed by Quincy Jones and produced by Phil Ramone. She has performed as soloist with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria, several U.S. Army Bands including the Jazz Ambassadors and Pershing’s Own Army Voices and Army Blues, among others. She has headlined at jazz festivals, performing arts centers, concert series, and regional theatres nationwide. She has appeared as headlining performer at many jazz hotspots including The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, Feinstein's at Loews Regency and the off-Broadway theatre, The Triad, in New York. At home she is a frequent collaborative performer with the Greenville Jazz Collective. An experienced film, stage and television actress, Oney imbues her live performances with dramatic power and warmth.

Dr. Oney was honored in 2016 to win the Jazz Artist/Group of the Year award from the South Carolina Music Awards, and in 2015 her high school honored her as one of the inaugural five 'Graduates of Distinction.' She was lauded in the book The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide authored by jazz critic Scott Yanow. 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. Dr. Oney earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with honors from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, and a Master of Music degree with honors in Voice Performance from Ithaca College.

Dr. Oney previously maintained a dual career as a performer and professor of music at several universities and colleges, serving most recently as Coordinator of Music, Director of Jazz Studies, Director of Voice Studies, and Director of Choral Activities. In addition to her full performing and recording career, Dr. Oney now serves NATS (the National Association of Teachers of Singing) and several colleges and universities as a visiting artist-in-residence. In 2019 she presented master classes in jazz, music theatre, art song, and opera at Biola University as the NATS-LA Winter Workshop Master Teacher, and in 2017 she presented her research, Dalcroze Eurythmics: An Application to Voice Pedagogy, at the SC NATS Fall Workshop. She was honored as a Robert G. Boehmler Visiting Artist at Ithaca College School of Music and has also served at The Master’s University, Syracuse University, Francis Marion University, Furman University, and Bob Jones University. An esteemed choral conductor, she is frequently invited to work with professional, university and community choirs, and with vocal jazz ensembles as a guest conductor or artist-in-residence. Considered an expert in voice and choral music across many genres, Dr. Oney authors peer-reviewed books and articles, and travels widely to perform, record, conduct, and teach jazz, classical, music theatre and commercial singing. Earlier this year she traveled to Dublin to present a lecture recital, “Documenting Jazz Standards” at the inaugural Documenting Jazz international musicology conference.

Several of Dr. Oney’s former voice students have gone on to major careers on Broadway, as well as in opera, jazz and commercial music. Oney continues to teach voice at her home studio in Greenville, SC, as well as Skype voice lessons for professional singers worldwide. A prolific jazz journalist and contributing author to The Journal of Singing, she writes a quarterly column titled “Anatomy of a Standard,” for the online jazz magazine, All About Jazz. She is also currently writing two books for music publisher Rowman & Littlefield. Her diverse, creative talents combine to form an outstanding performing artist 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.

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