– Monique A., vocalist
Finally a place for vocalists! NYJA allows musicians to take their vocal chops to new levels by offering a range of courses, from vocal groups and ensembles, private lessons, jazz intensives, and more, all in an effort to collaborate and share ideas with other musicians. You can fine tune your skills on an individual or group level and implement new techniques. Programs include Vocal Jazz Workshops run by Carolyn Leonhart, Aubrey Johnson, and Tammy Scheffer, among others. In addition to touching on more fundamental and essential parts of jazz development, these workshops also incorporate Vocalnomics, which involves a rigorous approach to vocal scat and bebop style. The NYJA Latin American Vocal Workshop is run by Sofia Rei and presents an opportunity for vocalists to delve deeply into a less swing-centric style. Other courses include small ensembles, theory and notation classes, improv workshops, and online classes. NYJA vocalists see opportunities to work with a NYJA mentor and also with other jazz musicians, including world-class accompanists and rhythm section players, taking their music to new heights of expression and feeling. NYJA vocalists often have the opportunity to perform in some of the most iconic NY music venues. Singers have performed recently at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, and more.
- Vocal Workshops and Small Group Instruction
- Small Ensembles
- Improv Workshops
- Vocal Electives: Theory, Bebop Line Building, Notation, Etc.
- Teen Specific Programs
- Private Lessons