International performing artist, author, and composer Dr. Tish Oney tours worldwide as a symphony pops and big band soloist, jazz vocalist, voice pedagogue, and musicologist. An avid arranger and composer, Oney has arranged several hundred pieces for jazz combo including contemporary jazz, Great American Songbook standards, and her originals. An esteemed conductor, she often works with professional, university, church or community choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, and solo singers as a guest clinician and master teacher.
Tish produced her fifth major recording project in 2019–this time with John Chiodini (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass) and Ray Brinker (drums). This jazz album, The Best Part, is comprised of original songs by contemporary jazz composers in addition to three never-released songs with lyrics by jazz diva Peggy Lee. Each of Oney’s recordings including Songs From the Heart, Sweet Youth, Dear Peg, and Forever Friend, were honored by the Recording Academy on the first-round Grammy ballot in several categories including “Song of the Year”, “Record of the Year”, “Album of the Year”, “Best Jazz Voice Album”, and “Best Improvised Solo”.
Oney has performed and/or recorded with scores of renowned jazz artists and has headlined at hundreds of performance venues worldwide. She was featured as a big band/symphony soloist in the all-star PBS-broadcast concert recorded at Galen Center in Los Angeles: “We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song.” She has performed as soloist with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, Army Voices, Army Blues (Pershing’s Own), SC Bach Choir, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Greenville Chorale, Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band, and other outstanding ensembles. She has headlined at international jazz festivals, Las Vegas casinos, and major stages throughout the world. She has appeared as headlining performer at many jazz hotspots including The Jazz Bakery (Los Angeles), The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head Island), Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, and the off-Broadway Triad Theatre (New York). 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 among the inaugural five ‘Graduates of Distinction.’ She was lauded in the book The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide authored by jazz critic Scott Yanow. She was also honored as a U. of SC Winter Scholar for her creative activity as a faculty member and was named a 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 and scholarly excellence. Dr. Oney earned her doctorate 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 School of Music.
In addition to her full performing and recording career, Dr. Oney has served higher education as assistant professor of music, Coordinator of Music, Director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music, Director of Voice, and Director of Choral Activities. She has served on the music faculty at six acclaimed universities and colleges. Several of her former voice students are enjoying major careers on Broadway, and others have excelled in opera, jazz, and commercial music. Considered an expert in multi-genre singing, Dr. Oney has served the National Association of Teachers of Singing as a workshop presenter and master teacher of jazz, classical, opera, musical theatre, and commercial styles. She currently teaches professional and pre-professional singers throughout the United States and abroad.
As critically acclaimed musicologist and bestselling author of Peggy Lee: A Century of Song, Tish enjoyed opportunities to travel and share her knowledge as part of the official Peggy Lee 100 worldwide centennial campaign. She was honored to be invited as musicologist/artist to the Grammy Museum panel discussion and toast for Lee’s 100th birthday (May 26, 2020). Her book served as a primary resource for the Grammy Museum’s Peggy Lee exhibit, which continues into 2023. Following the worldwide acclaim for her first book, Tish has been a guest on international talk shows “q with Tom Power” broadcast on the CBC, NPR, PRI, and Sirius XM networks, as well as “The Daily with Dave Hodgson” on Talk Radio Europe (broadcast to 120 countries). She is a frequent guest on talk radio, podcasts, and television, and has hosted her own podcast, “The Singer’s Muse” on WGJC in Greenville.
Oney’s second book, Jazz Singing: A Guide to Pedagogy and Performance, was released in February 2022 and has been widely acclaimed by world class singers and voice teachers. A prolific jazz journalist and contributing author to The Journal of Singing, JazzTimes, and Classical Singer Magazine, Oney also writes a column titled “Anatomy of a Standard” for All About Jazz.
Dr. Oney serves as Mentoring Chair for the Jazz Education Network Research Interest Group (JENRInG) and as a charter member of the Editorial Board for the NATS Books Program in cooperation with Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. She co-directs the Youth Jazz Ensemble for the Greenville Jazz Collective. A lifetime church musician, Dr. Oney enjoys serving as Director of Music at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, Trinity Campus in Greenville, SC. She volunteers as a Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador and with Fostering Great Ideas as a mentor for children in foster care.
Tish Oney, DMA
- DMA from University of Southern California (Jazz Studies, Musicology, Voice Pedagogy, Choral Music)
- MM from Ithaca College School of Music (Voice Performance)
- BS from Cornell University
- University of South Carolina Upstate, Coordinator of Music, Director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music, Director of Voice Studies, Director of Choral Activities
- University of Southern California, Teaching Assistant/Instructor
- California State University, Los Angeles, Commercial Voice Faculty
- Syracuse University Setnor School of Music, Voice Faculty and Vocal Jazz Director
- Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Voice Faculty
- Christian Heritage College, Voice Faculty
- Southwestern College, Voice Faculty
- Several visiting professor stints, master classes, and artist residencies including NATS Winter Workshop Master Teacher, Furman University, Syracuse University, The Master’s College, Francis Marion University, 2011-12 Boehmler Visiting Artist at Ithaca College School of Music, The Adirondack Festival of American Music.
- NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences)
- Pi Kappa Lambda (national music honor society)
- ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)
- NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing)
- ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
- JEN (Jazz Education Network)
- Jazz Education in Research and Practice (Editorial Board and Mentoring Chair)
- NATS-Rowman & Littlefield (charter member of the Editorial Board)
- Jazz Journalists Association
- Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador