Christine Helferich Guter

Christine Helferich Guter is a jazz vocalist and studio singer in the Los Angeles area.  She has sung with many legendary musicians including Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, and Bobby McFerrin.  Christine works extensively in studio settings, and has sung on over 40 Hollywood soundtracks including Jurassic World, Tomorrowland, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Despicable Me 2, Men in Black 3, Beowulf, and Spiderman 3.  Her voice can also be heard on national commercial jingles for Walmart, Microsoft, and T-Mobile.  Christine is active nationally as a lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician, and has conducted numerous All-State Jazz Choirs.  Christine is sought after as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz festivals and workshops throughout the United States and Canada.  She is currently the Director of Vocal Jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach.  She teaches private jazz voice lessons, solo jazz vocal techniques courses, class jazz piano, jazz theory, and directs the university’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Pacific Standard Time.

David Scott

David Thorne Scott is an active performer in many styles. His jazz album "Shade" was chosen as a top 5 CD by the Jazz Education Journal, and Cadence Magazine states "he phrases like a saxophone player and is as slippery and hip as the young Mel Tormé." He has performed with the Boston Pops, as well as the Four Freshmen, with whom he sang lead and played bass.  David plays piano and sings original music on his pop/jazz crossover album "Hopeful Romantic," produced by award winning Anthony Resta (Duran Duran, Collective Soul). He is also the leader and arranger of the Vintage Vocal Quartet (VVQ), a vocal jazz repertory ensemble which performs music of great big band era vocal groups. David is Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches voice, improvisation, ensembles, and vocal arranging. David is active as a clinician throughout the U.S., and his vocal arrangements are published through Hal Leonard and Sound Music Publications.

John Knutson

John Knutson is a vocalist, pianist, and published arranger through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications. He has had the honor of opening for Ray Charles, has worked the cabaret scene in New York City, and continues to perform as a singer and pianist in a wide variety of musical settings. John has toured France, China, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, and Canada. He works as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz and choral festivals throughout the United States, and is currently the Director of Choral Music at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California.

Gerhard Guter

Gerhard Guter is a composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.  He has written and produced music for The History Channel, World of Warcraft, Celebrity Cruises, and Microsoft.  Guter’s orchestral music has also been featured at the Orpheum Theater for the Ovation Awards in Los Angeles.  A certified Avid Pro Tools HD and Icon operator, Guter has engineered and co-produced several full-length albums, with his most recent credits including producer, editor, and arranger of Vocalogy: Refilled.  His instrumental and vocal works are distributed through Jazz Lines Publications, UNC Jazz Press, and Sound Music Publications.  Guter is the author of Integration of Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles in the Jazz Idiom, which is comprised of original interviews with the late, great Gene Puerling.  He has taught a wide breadth of courses at the college level, including:  music business, jazz theory, jazz piano, MIDI, music theory, music notation, audio for gaming, and recording arts. Gerhard teaches at Elmhurst College as Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Music Business, where he teaches jazz history, arranging, and music production.  

Chris Morey

Chris Morey works in post-production in the television industry. He began his career in Los Angeles, California, where he worked for over a decade, and is now operating in the Dallas, Texas area. Morey sings bass, and is the grounding force in Vocalogy. His incredible ears and stylistic versatility earned him the positions of bass singer, studio engineer, and assistant producer on three CDs by a cappella guru Jason A. Smith and Grammy-nominated arranger Phil Mattson. In his work with Mattson, Morey co-hosted the Mid-America Productions Vocal Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall. He is an avid sports fan, lover of the Los Angeles Dodgers & Minnesota Vikings, and a champion of Fantasy Football.