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2014 Music Courses

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Jazz Voice at Cornish

July 14 — 18, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall Poncho, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

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  • Ages
    15 – 19
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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, movement, 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
• Work with a movement coach
• 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, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements
None. Open for enrollment to students, ages 15-19, without any audition.

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Beth Winter
Adjunct Instructor

A seasoned performer, Beth Winter received her B.A. in Music, with a classical voice performance emphasis from the University of Maryland, then performed in major venues in New York and in numerous festivals on the eastern seaboard for nine years before relocating to Seattle over a decade ago. She has performed with Kirk Lightsey, Norman Simmons, Kenny Werner, Fred Hirsh and George Cables, and received hands-on coaching from Sarah Vaughn, Abbey Lincoln, Shelia Jordan, and Jay Clayton. In Seattle, Winter has collaborated with Larry Fuller, Jessica Williams, Hans Teuber, Jeff Johnson, and Phil Sparks. Her CD, Winter Duo, a collection of jazz standards with Dawn Clement on piano, was released in 2004. Winter is currently working on a new CD project with her quintet to be recorded in both Seattle and New York, and supported in part with a grant from the Jordan Foundation. In addition to her studio and classroom teaching at Cornish, she coordinates workshops and showcases acting as facilitator and mentor to many emerging jazz vocalists. She also participates in an outreach program in the Washington public schools with the renowned 493 Reunion Band formerly led by Floyd Standifer and Buddy Cattlett, and funded by a cultural enrichment grant from the Earshot Jazz Society.

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Johnaye Kendrick
Assistant Professor

A San Diego native, Johnaye Kendrick received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University (2005) and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies (2009) and an Artist’s Diploma from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at Loyola University in New Orleans. As an undergraduate she was the recipient of a Downbeat Student Music Award as Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, and featured soloist in an honors recital with pianist Fred Hersch. While attending the Thelonious Monk Institute, Kendrick also performed with visiting jazz artists Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Brian Blade. Kendrick is a member of the Nicholas Payton SEXTET. She is also the vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the latter group the recipient of the 2009 Grammy® Award for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” for their release Book 1 on which Kendrick is the featured vocalist.