The Summer Workshop – Vocal Intensive for beginner/Intermediate (1) & intermediate/advanced (2) vocalists.

About the Vocal Intensive Jazz Program

The beginner/intermediate vocal workshop is really about having fun while learning the fundamentals of jazz voice and overall basic vocal technique. This three day intensive workshop with Michelle Walker and special guests Olivia Foschi  & Jocelyn Medina is designed for beginner students who would like to learn how to control and develop their singing voice in a safe and healthy way and gain a better understanding of aspects that include: vocal quality, rhythm, phrasing, timing, improvisation, interpretation, stage presence and verbal/nonverbal communication. Students are provided with a vast selection of vocal exercises and breathing exercises to help improve tone, elasticity and range are given the tools necessary to learn how to sustain and support their singing voice. During this workshop students will also learn new repertoire and explore interpretative possibilities while touching upon basic aspects of music theory. Students are invited to explore and develop their singing voices at their own individual pace and are given a chance to overcome the fear of singing in front of others. Syllabus to be posted soon

The intermediate/advanced vocal 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. Register today and find out why this summer jazz workshop is so popular and effective. A special guest will join the workshop on piano.

1) Aug 9-12 (Beg.Int.)
2) August 16-19 (Int.Adv.)

-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

$515 Early Bird – for registrations and payments received before April 30th
$560 for registrations received after May 1st

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.