“The vocal program rocked my world. I learned so much my head is spinning!”
~ Vocal Institute Participant

Adults and Advanced Young Singers Under 17

Prerequisite: 18 months instruction
Audition required

July 29 – August 3, 2018
Stanford University Campus
stay on campus or commute from off-campus
meal plan available for minors who stay on campus

Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the fine art of Jazz Singing
  • Sing with a professional trio
  • Led by world-class jazz artists and educators

Program Focus

  • Students explore their own unique vocal style
  • An opportunity to work with a professional trio
  • Scat Lab
  • Daily theory class for vocalists
  • Nightly jam sessions
  • Student performance on Thurs night
  • Shed with Dan
  • Daily Master classes focusing on:
    – Improvisation with lyrics
    – De-mystify scatting
    – Rubato singing
    – Repertoire
    – How to communicate with a band
    – How to practice
    – Unravel the mystery of phrasing
    – How to bring a ballad to life
    – Ways to spark your creativity
    – Creating your own arrangements
    – The business of music

Jazz Institute Vocal Program

The Jazz Institute Vocal Program is a joyous program designed for amateur and professional-level adult singers, and highly advanced young singers. The program focuses primarily on solo jazz singing. The highlights include:

THEORY: A daily theory class tailored specifically for vocalists focusing on chart writing, chart reading, and general theory. We also off beginning, intermediate, and advanced jazz

DAILY MASTERCLASS: We’ll explore a variety of topics including:

  • Improvisation with lyrics
  • De-mystify scatting
  • Rubato singing
  • Repertoire
  • How to communicate with a band
  • How to practice
  • Unravel the mystery of phrasing
  • How to bring a ballad to life
  • Ways to spark your creativity
  • Creating your own arrangements
  • The business of music

SINGING WITH A TRIO: Each day you’ll have an opportunity to work with a professional trio.
SHED WITH DAN: Each singer has a half-hour private session with pianist Dan Zemelman where you can work on anything you want: endings, practice tunes, find keys, ask questions or just sing sing sing!
DAILY SPECIALSDaily presentations by world-class SJW faculty include Latin rhythms and percussion, the business of music, creating your own book of charts, songwriting, improvising, stage presence, and more.
LECTURES: Visiting international artists talk about their experiences in jazz.
JAM: Nightly jam sessions for vocalists led by SJW faculty.
PERFORMANCE: Vocalist & Trio have an optional performance on Thursday evening. Your friends and family are encouraged to come!

Sing Like a Horn Program

The Vocal Program offers a special Track for a limited number of interested advance singers. It’s taken in conjunction with the regular Vocal Program so you won’t miss anything! The Sing Like A Horn program integrates vocalists into the student instrumental combos. You’ll be singing wordlessly (like a horn) with the horn section. You’ll learn to read and create arrangements, improvise solos, and experience the thrill of singing with the other horns.
Prerequisite: An advanced sense of jazz harmony, some soloing skills, and some sight-singing skills.
By audition only on first day of camp.

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