Learn to expand your voice. This summer vocal intensive is an opportunity for vocalists to improve their skills under the guidance of a true professional.

About the Vocal Intensive Advanced Jazz Program

The workshop is led by the multi-talented and accomplished, Michelle Walker who focuses on topics such as vocal styling, phrasing, ear training, rhythmic diversity, improvisation, vocal health, diction and more. Michelle will be joined by vocal faculty members Olivia Foschi and Jocelyn Medina. Register today and find out why this summer jazz workshop is so popular and effective!

AUGUST 20-21-22-23

This is a Jazz Vocal Workshop for intermediate to advanced singers who would like to improve their vocal skills with a true professional.

-Functional Harmony
-Describing a lead-sheet
-Swing feel / Time
-Developing a solo
-Free or open improvisation: what does THAT mean?
-Song interpretation
-Write your own lyrics
-and much more…..

-Previous experience singing and a willingness to learn
-Instructors may ask for a recorded sample before admission
-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

General Information

for registrations received after May 1st

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

For more info regarding our summer program, housing, travel, and more, visit our 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 Jazz Packages. 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 Summer Workshop General Information page for more details. There will be opportunities for every student to perform outside of the school, more details coming up soon.