Summer at Cornish

Jazz Voice at Cornish



July 6 –July 10, M, T, W, Th, F, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall PON, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Course Description

Jazz Voice at Cornish is designed specifically for young singers. The workshop provides students with an opportunity to develop as artists through collaboration with professionals in the industry and the nationally renowned vocal faculty at Cornish College of the Arts. The week encompasses the full spectrum of the singer's art: vocal technique, acting, interpretation, performance techniques and special topics. Singers will leave the week with a clearer understanding of what is required to be a singer in today's world.

Jazz Voice at Cornish allows singers to:

Experience how movement affects their singing

Experience singing for other students in a masterclass setting

Gain an introduction to basic acting techniques

Sing solo vocal repertoire as well as ensemble repertoire

Have time to practice and take private lessons if desired (for an additional fee)

Work with several accompanists in coachings, rehearsals and scenes

Who should enroll?

The workshop has been designed for talented high school and college singers, ages 15-19.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Friday, July 10 at 7:00pm  in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements

Open for enrollment to students ages 15-19 without an audition.

Requirements & Availability

  • Ages
    15 - 19
  • Housing
  • Scholarships


Courtney Fortune

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“The proof is in her music,” one wrote of American jazz/pop singer Courtney Fortune, “she delves into the bitterness of heartbreak with a distinctly nostalgic flair, a smooth homage to timeless jazz greats embellished with Fortune’s distinctive pop fusion.” A Seattle native, Courtney began cultivating her crossover style at an early age. In 2009 she released her debut jazz album Speak Love, co-produced by five-time Grammy® nominated composer/arranger Chris Walden. Courtney graduated with a degree in Music Industry from the University of Southern California, where she received the Brian Wilson Musical Achievement Award, as well as Glamour Magazine’s “Top Ten College Women of the Year” honor in 2009. Courtney has toured across the US, Asia and the UK, most recently performing a six-month artist residency at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. She currently performs as the featured vocalist for the Grammy® nominated Chris Walden Big Band, which includes her on their newly released album “Full On!”. She has been featured on MTV, recognized by the TED organization and John Lennon Foundation, and has shared the stage with Garrison Keillor. Courtney is currently at work on her second album.

Kelly Ash

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Before relocating to Seattle in the summer of 2014, vocalist Kelly Ash spent the last four years in New York City, refining her craft and leading a powerhouse band. Kelly appeals to a wide audience by writing and performing creative arrangements of jazz standards and contemporary covers from songwriters such as Tom Waits, Sting, The Fleet Foxes, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Nick Drake, and Jeff Buckley. Kelly’s original music and choice of material create a crossover style that connects the art of jazz to a new generation.

Steeped in tradition but embracing newer music, Kelly infuses contemporary songs with the intricacies of jazz. Kelly’s fresh arrangements and songs blend jazz, folk, soul and pop to create an original sound.

Kelly has a Master of Music degree in jazz performance (voice/ piano) from New York University, and a Bachelor of Music degree (jazz performance) from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Kelly is now a member of the Cornish College of the Arts adjunct jazz faculty, and splits her time teaching and performing actively as leader of her own quintet in New York City, Seattle, and around the U.S. While in NYC, Kelly was a member of the NYU adjunct faculty, the LaGuardia Community College adjunct faculty, and the New York Jazz Academy faculty, and performed often around NYC with various groups.

“Kelly Ash is a jazz singer with all the qualities needed. Style, originality, creativity and a great instrument!”
—Greta Matassa