The Summer Workshop – Vocal Intensive for Beginner/Intermediate singers will allow you to learn what it takes to be a professional jazz vocalist.

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 four day intensive workshop with Olivia Foschi 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

Dates: August 13 – 14 – 15 – 16
All sessions will be held from 11am to 5pm at our main space around the corner of Times Square. More detailed outline and information on the schedule will follow.

-Anatomy overview
-Breathing exercises
-Singing the major scale
-Learning melodies
-Interpretation, how to make the song ‘yours’
-Intervals and ear training
– 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

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

Loire Cotler– “Astonishing” (Chicago Tribune) … “Jaw-dropping dexterity” (Chicago Classical Review) … “Acrobatic vocals” (Financial Times) … “Rapid-fire articulation” (Chicago Classical Review) … “Phenomenal” (De Volksrant) …“Explosive…buoyant” (The New York Times) “Impossibly breakneck speed…peerless artistry” (The Jerusalem Post) are words frequently used to praise the vocal magic of LOIRE.

Described by The New Yorker as “Using her voice in mystically percussive ways” LOIRE sings in a universal language that is accessible to all, yet super-human in its capacity to deliver the unimaginable. Using exotic rhythms as her muse she is able to execute with the human voice phrases that do not seem possible in their rhythmic speed and clarity. LOIRE’s unusual artistry creates a synthesis of world stylings, jazz scat, pop, melismatic improvisations, along with her original reworking of the highly sophisticated and rare vocal art of Konnakol (South Indian drum language). “You just drop your jaw. You can’t believe the human voice can do this kind of improvisation,” says Eugene Friesen, Grammy award winning Cellist and Professor of strings and Improvisation, Berklee College of Music. Loire Cotler’s Bio

Special Guest

Konnakol introduction Workshop – Loire Cotler

Don’t wait, get introduced to the beautiful art form of Konnakol presented by leading practitioner Loire Cotler. Konnakol is arguably the most intuitive form for linear instrumentalists such as vocalists to develop and strength the rhythmic language. This will be an introduction suitable for beginners and we at New York Jazz Workshop are proud to have her appear as a guest artist.

Tuition and Registration

$635 Early bird special for registrations received by April 30th
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.

The New York Jazz Workshop Summer Series is held in our space in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks from Times Square.

New York Jazz Workshop
265 West 37th Street
on the 10th floor, Suite #1004
New York, NY 10018
(On the corner of 37th St and 8th Ave)