Upcoming Classes

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: September 18 - October 26

Monday 6 pm

  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
  • The Essence of Brushwork
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chris Brown
    In this class, students will focus on the time-keeping patterns that drummers need to know, with an emphasis on sound and its purpose. Students will learn new and useful brush techniques to help with time and solo work.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Duke Ellington - Part 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Duke Ellington, one of the most influential figures in jazz, including tunes like, "Take the A Train," "Satin Doll," "Don't Get Around Much," "Come Sunday," and "In a Sentimental Mood." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Ellington's music. This is Part 2 of a 2-part class. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Monday 8 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Billy Strayhorn & Bill Evans - Part 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer and Lori Mechem
    Study and perform the compositions of Billy Strayhorn and Bill Evans, including "Waltz for Debby," "Passion Flower," and "The Star-Crossed Lover." Learn repertoire, styles, and lyric interpretation. This is Part 2 of a 2-part class. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Prerequisite: Advanced level required, Chart Writing for Vocalists
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s):
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Cabaret Open Studio
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Call to schedule date and time.
    This is a Master Class that gives vocalists the opportunity to decide the focus of the session, with a complete team there for you. Whether you are trying out new material or putting the final touches on your cabaret show, you run your own rehearsal! We help you shape and perfect! Booked in one hour blocks, Open Studio includes the exclusive use of a music room with piano, the accompanist, and the instructor. Tuesdays at 12-2 $150 per hour. Great introductory offer!

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Intermediate Vocal Performance Techniques - Parts 1 and 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Connye Florance
    Further develop performance techniques with this introduction to a larger and more selective repertoire of songs. In this class, students will learn stage performance skills by building relationships with their audience and creating and delivering appropriate patter to set up a tune. Students will be accompanied by a trio, giving them the chance to explore new arrangements of their songs. Each student will learn five songs, selecting three to perform as a mini set at the end of the 12 weeks.
    Suggested Prerequisites: Beginning Vocal Performance, Introduction to Jazz Singing
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Joe Freel
    Learn to sing jazz standards. In this class, you'll learn correct melodies to jazz standards along with groove, jazz phrasing, and tone, while getting comfortable singing with an accompanist.
  • Minor ii-V's and Diminished Patterns
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    Through a blend of ear training and analysis, this class covers the minor ii7b5-V7b9-I6 progression, emphasizing diminished scales, their purpose, and the patterns that will work over this progression.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Cabaret Repertoire
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Musical Theater Repertoire Get ready to add a wide variety of styles to your repertoire from the world of Musical Theater. Participants will learn 18 different songs from musical theater makers such as Kander/Ebb, Herman, Sondheim, Weber, Tesori, Bray/Russell/Willis, and more. Gain the insights that are embedded in theater tunes (things like comic timing, interpretation, characterizations, and consistency), while connecting with tunes that will broaden your vocal options and enhance your performance. Tuesdays 8pm-10pm

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Intermediate Ensemble
    Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
  • The Voice Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Margaret Rose
    Focusing on natural voice and conversational phrasing, students will learn from diagnostic techniques to evaluate performance and correct common vocal and performance problems. Voice Lab can be repeated or used as a review.
    Prerequisite: This is an ongoing class for all singers, beginner through advanced.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Duke Ellington - Part 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Duke Ellington, one of the most influential figures in jazz, including tunes like, "Take the A Train," "Satin Doll," "Don't Get Around Much," "Come Sunday," and "In a Sentimental Mood." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Ellington's music. This is Part 2 of a 2-part class. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Wednesday 8 pm

  • Rhythm Section Grooves for Vocalists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer
    An important class for vocalists, this course explains the different rhythmic grooves or styles that a vocalist can ask instrumentalists to play while performing a song: slow swing, medium swing, fast swing, straight ballad, swing ballad, jazz waltz, bossa nova, samba, funk, straight 8ths, straight 16ths, etc. Students will learn to recognize and request all of these styles with a better understanding of what each instrument does within each groove.
    Prerequisites: Intro to Jazz Singing, Chart-writing for Vocalists, Musicianship for Vocalists