Vocal Jazz Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this camp for?

This unique camp is open to high school, college students, professional musicians (not just vocalists), choral directors and anyone interested in improving and developing their knowledge of the vocal jazz genre and honing their skills. Anyone age 14 or older is welcome to attend. In a typical year, about a third of the campers are high school students, a third are college students, and a third are non-students (choir directors, professional musicians, jazz enthusiasts, retirees, etc.). The small choirs are generally formed by age, but other factors are taken into consideration like prior experience, balance of voice parts, etc.

What will I get out of it?

You will have the opportunity to work in one on one sessions and master classes with members of the Internationally revered vocal group New York Voices (i.e. Lauren Kinhan, Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge and Darmon Meader); participate in daily coaching on interpretation and improvisation, sing in Performance Hour sessions and participate in your assigned vocal jazz ensemble. Other clinics and electives will be tailored to the interests of the campers and often include arranging, songwriting, vocal improvisation, vocal percussion, voice technique, jazz history, music theory, piano skills and much more!

When does it take place?

The New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp will take place August 1-7, 2022.

Where is it located?

Our camp is located on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI

How do I get there?

You are responsible for finding your own transportation to and from our camp. Many people opt to fly, drive, or take a bus or train. There’s plenty of info on our GETTING THERE PAGE.

How much does it cost?

Full Camper $750, Associate Camper $600

See COSTS page for more info.

Which meal plan should I get?

If you will be here without a car, we recommend that you purchase the full meal plan. While there are numerous places to eat locally, meal time is somewhat limited and the campus meals are the most convenient. We highly recommend that everyone partake in the “shared meals” events that are noted on the schedule. We consider these an important part of the camp experience, providing bonding and mixing which often fast tracks wonderful new friendships.  If you select a meal plan, SHARED MEALS are included!  In any case, we strongly recommend that you purchase the Sunday Brunch and Jam (also included with the full meal plan). This is a time for more music, pictures, autographs, and goodbyes (until next year!).

Do we allow refunds?

We do not allow refunds on the $200 deposit after June 1, 2022. Refunds on other payments (remaining tuition, meals, housing) can be issued until June 14th, 2022.

What is the payment timeline?

We will accept payments until July 1, 2022

What should I prepare before I get to camp?

To make the most of your experience at camp, you will be asked to prepare two jazz standards (this is a loose definition, make this work for you and your current interests) for the One on One sessions, and your assigned Performance Hour. For these selections, you must provide leadsheets to the musicians working with you (4 copies). Keep in mind that these tunes can be done in any key (whatever best suits your voice). It is recommended that you listen to numerous jazz recordings of the tunes you choose, some vocal and some instrumental. This should give you ideas for phrasing, tempo, style, etc. (Just go to YouTube and dig in!). There are many sources for leadsheets (published “fakebooks”, on-line sheet music sites, your local library etc.). If you don’t know how to transpose your lead sheet into an appropriate key for you, please consult your teacher, a professional musician in your area, etc.

You will also be expected to prepare your ensemble parts ahead of time. Music and rehearsal tracks will be sent to you, along with your part assignment, in the weeks before the camp.  The more prepared you arrive to camp, the more music we can make in our time together.

What should I bring with me?

In addition to all the usual stuff you’d bring when you travel anywhere out of town, here’s a list of special items you will find handy to have at camp:

  • your printed ensemble music (in a binder)
  • a recording device
  • pencils
  • manuscript paper
  • lead sheets of your jazz tunes
  • blanket(s)
  • extra pillow for added comfort (pillows, sheets and towels are provided, but NOT blankets)
  • fitted sheet if you are particular or have allergies
  • bath mat
  • slippers and/or flip flops for the showers
  • extension cord and all your charging sources for your phone, computer, iPad, etc.
  • comfortable shoes, the campus is large and you will get your steps in.
  • a sharpie (for autographs)
  • extra cash for CDs
  • snacks and drinks
  • personal medicine that you require
  • shampoo, conditioner and soap