Arianna Neikrug, B.M. '15

Arianna Neikrug, B.M. '15Arianna Neikrug, B.M. ‘15, has been named as a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Arianna is a Miami-based jazz/pop/R&B vocalist originally from Los Angeles. While at the Frost School of Music, Arianna sang lead soprano in the Downbeat award winning ensembles “Extensions” and “JV1” under the direction of Dr. Kate Reid, with whom she studied privately. In March 2015, “Extensions” placed first in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, where Arianna received an outstanding soloist award.  Only 22 years old, Arianna has already made her mark in the jazz world and has shared the stage with various artists including Al Jarreau, Steve Miller, Alice Cooper, Kenny Burrell, Neil Young, Mindy Abair, James Moody, George Benson, Karrin Allyson, Gretchen Parlato, and Roseanna Vitro. She has also had the privilege of performing at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver and at Catalina Bar and Grill, LA’s hottest jazz club, twice in the last year. Arianna dedicates much of her time to performing here in Miami. Prior to her entrance into the Frost School of music, Arianna attended the Academy of Music at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, where she pursued her interests in jazz voice and musical theater. She sang lead soprano in the award-winning Hamilton Vocal Jazz Ensemble for three years and has been studying voice and piano privately outside of school for years. Arianna was selected as the first soprano for the 2010 Grammy Vocal Jazz Ensemble, was a finalist in the 2010 Zeta Rho Foundation Talent Hunt, and received an Honorable Mention award for popular voice from the Young Arts Association.