Vocal Jazz Camp
Find your Voice in Vocal Jazz
Western Michigan University New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp
The 15th annual Western Michigan University New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp will be held IN-PERSON on July 31 – August 6, 2023 – Home of the amazing Gold Company and where our Camp Director Greg Jasperse resides!
The New York Voices created this camp 15 years ago with the jazz vocalist in mind looking who is looking to expand their knowledge and grow their creative garden. The individual members of NYV share their vast experience as educators, performers, producers, arrangers and songwriters with YOU in this exciting six-day musical immersion. In addition to NYV, the camp faculty includes many of their long time friends and colleagues from the leading learning institutions of music. WMU professor and Camp Director Greg Jasperse takes over the baton after many years cultivating this creative playground with NYV and continues his role in the extended special faculty. As happens more often than not, special guest artists and teachers Rosana Eckert and Jay Ashby round out the faculty, though that is TBA until the full registration is taken into account. Additional leading instrumentalists fill out the roster to offer their wealth of experience in the activities throughout the week. This unique camp is open to high school and college students, professional musicians, choral directors and anyone interested in improving and developing their knowledge of the vocal jazz genre. Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, and the rest of the faculty will work with the students in their assigned ensembles as well as in the wide variety of electives, one on one coaching and other special events offered to deepen the understanding of practising the art of vocal jazz. Pre-established groups are welcome and encouraged to attend and will be provided a group one on one coaching.
We will be employing and requiring the latest Covid protocols for maintaining a safe environment for the students and faculty alike. Proof of full vaccination and boosts will be mandatory to attend the camp and masks will be required while singing. As the mandates will certainly shift up until camp commences, stay tuned for the latest protocols and procedures.
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Kim, Lauren, Peter, and Darmon
and Camp Director, Greg Jasperse