Apr 16, 2017
Latest Riga Jazz Stage Winner Goes to Academy Alum
An alumni from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts is the latest winner of the international Jazz Artist Contest “Riga Jazz Stage 2017” in Riga, Latvia. Contestants were evaluated from an international panel from the United Kingdom, Latvia, Italy, Estonia, Turkey, United States, and China. First place winner for jazz vocals was awarded to GHAA vocal alumni Shenel Johns (class of 2008). Johns competed in Latvia among vocalists from Russia, Estonia, Latvia and other countries.The winners were anounced on April 8th at Cinema Splendid Palace in Riga.
While at the Academy, Shenel performed in the Jazz Choir and held the lead role in that year's spring musical Dessa Rose. We are extremely proud of her.