Vocal Jazz Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this camp for?

This unique camp is open to high school and college students, professional musicians (not just vocalists), choral directors and anyone interested in improving and developing their knowledge of the vocal jazz genre and being a vocalist. Anyone age 14 or over 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 group, but other factors are taken into consideration as well (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, Kim, Peter and Darmon); participate in daily coaching on interpretation and improvisation, sing in Performance Hour sessions and participate in your assigned vocal jazz ensemble. Other clinics and sessions will be tailored to the interests of the participants and may include topics like jazz history, music theory, songwriting, vocal improvisation, vocal percussion, voice technique, and a lot more!

When does it take place?

The New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp will take place July 27 – August 2, 2020.

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?

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, 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 part of the shared schedule for all campers. We consider these an important part of the camp experience. If you select a meal plan, SHARED MEALS are included! At the very least, we recommend that you purchase the Sunday brunch (also included with the full meal plan). This is a time for more music, pictures, autographs, and goodbyes (until next year!).

Do you allow refunds?

We do not allow refunds on the $200 tuition deposit once it has been paid. Refunds on other payments (remaining tuition, meals, housing) can be issued until June 14th, 2019.

What is the payment timeline?

We will accept payments until June 14th, 2020

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 or similar selections 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. Music will be sent to you, along with your part assignment, in the weeks before the camp.

What should I bring with me?

In addition to all the usually stuff you’d bring with you 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
  • a recording device
  • a sharpie (for autographs)
  • extra cash for CDs
  • pencils
  • manuscript paper
  • lead sheets of your jazz tunes
  • blanket(s)
  • extra pillows for added comfort (pillows and sheets are provided, but NOT blankets)