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Stanford Jazz Workshop Vocal Programs

SJW’s vocal programs offer youth 12-17 and adults a substantive vocal jazz curriculum tailored to each student’s individual needs and abilities, taught by world-class professionals on the prestigious Stanford campus. Jazz Camp is for youth 12-17 with no audition requirements, while Jazz Residency is designed for adults and advanced youth by audition. Learn more about both programs below:

Jazz Camp

Youth 12-17 - No Audition Requirement
While each of our Jazz Camp Vocal Faculty, Sandy Cressman, Peggy Stern and Wendy McCain, have their own unique approach to teaching, every Jazz Camp vocal student will learn a basic repertoire of jazz material and identify which keys are best for their voice. Phrasing, improvisation and interpretation will be covered in depth. Singers will also become familiar with charts and arranging, and learn to coommunicate with the band. Basic vocal technique will also be covered, as will mic technique. Of course, the net result is all about singing, and there will be plenty of opportunities to do that with daily combo practice and jam sessions late afternoon.

Jazz Residency

Adults & Advanced Youth By Audition
To be admitted to the Jazz Residency Vocal Program, applicants do not necessarily have to have sung jazz before, but a good sense of rhythm and pitch are a must. JR Vocal Program Faculty Madeline Eastman and Dena DeRose offer students the opportunity to take their singing to the next level by developing their own unique style. Participants will sing with a professional trio every day, attend masterclasses such as Scat Lab and In the Sandbox, and will be placed in a theory class appropriate to their skill level, from basic to advanced. For more information, visit the JR vocal program page.

Singers as Instrumentalists
This new track will integrate a limited number of advanced level singers into the instrumental combo program, where they will join fellow student instrumentalists in daily combo rehearsal. Designed for vocalists who wish to explore and practice small ensemble material in a role comparable to that of an instrumentalist. Singers must demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading and improvisation to participate; auditions will be held on the first day of Jazz Residency. “Singers As Instrumentalists” students may also participate in the regular curriculum of the Vocal Program, and have the option of attending advanced elective classes.

Questions about our programs? Email or call 650.736.0324 x 303.
To register, visit our secure online registration page.

Stanford Jazz Workshop Participant Profile: Sakae Goto
One Jazz Residency participant who has become a familiar face to many at the Workshop is Sakae Goto, who has attended the Jazz Residency Vocal Program four out of the last five years. Her dedication and enthusiasm are outstanding, so we thought we'd ask her to tell us a little bit about herself and how she came to SJW:

Sakae GotoThe end of 2003, I received an e-mail from my husband’s best friend, an enthusiastic jazz lover living in Palo Alto, CA. It was information about Stanford Jazz Workshop. At the time, I was a jazz student at Yokohama Jam Music Institute in Japan, so this was exciting news to me. I was eager to join the program, so I sent my application to the office and submitted my audition tape. It was the very beginning of my SJW experience.

Read the complete article here.

Pictured: Sakae Goto at the 2008 Jazz Residency, with pianist Randy Porter in the background. Photo credit, Scott Chernis.

The Art of the Jazz Singer by Sandy Cressman, SJW Faculty
Vocalist and teacher Sandy Cressman is one of SJW's Jazz Camp vocal program instructors and also teaches privately throughout the Bay Area. Her Brazilian jazz group, Homenagem Brasiliera (which Sandy Cressmanincludes keyboardist Marcos Silva, former musical director & arranger for Flora Purim & Airto) has recorded two CD's and performed at jazz festivals near and far, including San Jose Jazz, Monterey Jazz & of course, Stanford. In addition, Sandy performs and tours with other ensembles including Orquesta Candela and Jai Uttal, and is an in-demand session vocalist.

You bought tickets in advance, you are there in the dark of the theater, digging Kevin Mahogany, Cassandra Wilson, Kurt Elling, Abbey Lincoln, or Deedee Bridgewater. You came to the concert to be moved by melody, swing, soul, rhythm, personality-music. Ever wondered just what it is that makes a great jazz singer so compelling?

Read the complete article here.

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