Have Fun And Learn The Art Of Voice with Michelle Walker, Olivia Foschi and Jocelyn Medina August 9-12 and 12-16 2022

Have Fun and Learn the Art Of Voice with Michelle Walker, Olivia Foschi, Jocelyn Medina in Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Workshops at New York Jazz Workshop August 9-12, and 12-16, 2022


What if you wish to learn how to sing, and didn’t quite know where to look? What if you were interested in jazz, the only native art form to be born in America? The New York Jazz Workshop School of Music located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, and conveniently located for travelers by subway at 265 W. 37th Street, is offering a Jazz Vocal intensive in two parts, on August 9-12, 2022 for newcomers, and August 12-16-2022, for intermediate and advanced students lead by renowned vocalists Michelle Walker, Olivia Foschi, and Jocelyn Medina.


Perhaps a Google search or reading about vocal intensive courses brought you here.  The prospect of singing voice is frightening for many, that’s why it is so refreshing to encounter this series of intensives.  You needn’t not be concerned if you are a professional musician or a weekend warrior playing in a bar band because these intensives offered at New York Jazz Workshop are designed to foster the growth and development of a singing voice by teaching the various nuances of phrasing, rhythmic diversity, the tone of voice, the aspects of improvisation, presentation and stage performance.  These aforementioned topics are included in the beginner intensive, while in the intermediate and advanced portion Ms. Walker will take students through ear training, the extremely important topics of diction, keeping the voice in stellar shape, and much more. Enrollees will be nurtured and encouraged to overcome their fear of singing and through hard work become fluent and confident.


What’s exciting about this set of intensives coming up is students are encouraged to build their voice using the techniques and strategies learned to increase their capacity.  All of this is done in a fun and no pressure environment and that is why intensives like this and others at New York Jazz Workshop are so effective.  During the intermediate and advanced intensive, besides Walker, Foschi and Medina, there will be a special guest on piano.  Learning the skills taught in both intensives not only heightens invaluable creativity but also for professional gigging situations are indispensable for participation in all styles of music.  Below you may find detailed information about course structure, topics covered, instructors class times and price information.


The New York Jazz Workshop offers classes and intensives to musicians and vocalists in all disciplines beginner to advanced, taught by a world class faculty, in multiple boroughs and also in Europe.



-Anatomy overview

-Breathing exercises

-Singing the major scale


-Learning melodies

-Interpretation, how to make the song ‘yours’

-Intervals and ear training

– and much more…….



-Functional Harmony

-Describing a lead-sheet

-Swing feel / Time

-Developing a solo

-Song interpretation

-and much more…..


-A willingness to learn

-Must be at least 17 years of age

-Some of our intensives are better suited to intermediate and advanced musicians with a minimum of a few years on their instrument; other summer intensives, such as the beginner vocal and choir, are open to everyone. More details can be discussed during registration.

About the Faculty

Based in New York City, Michelle Walker is a versatile singer blessed with a beautifully distinctive voice. Her arrangements of straight-ahead standards and contemporary pop tunes blend genres effortlessly and with a fresh level of originality that is solidifying her own distinctive sound. Dave Nathan at says, “Walker demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality.” Walker is a charismatic singer who uses an artful blend of blues, bebop, swing and soul that provides a musical playground for her and her band. In her phrasing, Walker reveals her appreciation for her mentor and jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy. Yet, it is in her creative live performances where you hear the influences of one of her favorite singers, Betty Carter. As one of the most revered rising singers on the jazz & blues scene, she is an extraordinary performer that is wowing audiences around the world with a “…. breathtaking voice that leaves listeners hanging on the edge of their seats with every note….” Jazz.RU.

Olivia Foschi- Olivia Foschi was born in San Francisco and grew up in Italy. She started studying music as a child and her stylistic approach to singing shifted in 2001 when she was given the opportunity to study classical Nepali voice with well-established singer and composer Aavaas in Katmandu. Olivia released her debut album entitled Perennial Dreamer in March 2013, produced by Ulysses Owens Jr. and continues to train with Abiah and Ganesh Kumar. She collaborates with very diverse musical projects and covers a variety of different styles including jazz, funk, dub step, folk and bossa nova. Olivia has performed throughout the US and Europe, sharing the stage with Chris White, Warren Smith, Joseph Jarman, Thurman Barker, Ulysses Owens Jr., Stacy Dillard, and Lou Caputo among many others. Olivia Foschi´s Bio

Jocelyn Medina- Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, accompanied by the areas best musicians including Pete McCann, Nir Felder, Zack Lober, Chris Tarry, Cliff Almond and Todd Isler. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilan/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale. Jocelyn Medina Bio

Tuition and Registration


To sign up for this Summer Intensive, fill out this brief registration form.

General Information

For more info regarding our summer program, housing, travel, and more, visit our Summer Workshop General Information page. For a more in-depth experience, inquire about adding a private lesson with someone from the NYJW Faculty during your visit. Learn more about how you can combine Summer Intensives to create a customized Summer Package. Feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] with any additional questions.

What to expect:

When you join us for one or more of our intensives, you can expect to become a member of our tightly knit community. There will be musicians from all over the world looking to learn, explore and make connections. You will be making connections that last a lifetime. A typical day will be as follows:

11:00am – 1:00pm: Morning Sessions

1:00pm – 2:00pm  Lunch Break

2:00pm – 5:00pm: Afternoon Sessions

Evenings: Free

Student will normally organize small groups or go check out some concerts. See “Fun Evening Activities” in the General Information page for more details. There will be opportunities for every student to perform outside of the school, more details coming up soon.