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Grow confidence in your unique voice as part of the Summer Vocal Institute! Learn to sing in a new way, drawing inspiration from the great American song book. You'll focus on singing freely and improvising in a supportive learning environment. The week ends with a public performance for friends and family.


Program Details

2019 SESSION DATES
Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, daily
Performance: Friday, August 16, Royal Room 5:30 PM load in, 6:00 PM start

LOCATION
MLK FAME Community Center, 3201 E Republican St, Seattle WA 98112

MUSIC FACULTY
Johnaye Kendrick and Eric Verlinde, see bios below.

SLIDING SCALE TUITION
We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • $525, do not enter any code

  • $450, enter code FOURFIFTY

  • $375, enter code THREESEVENTYFIVE

  • $250, enter code TWOFIFTY

  • $125, enter code ONETWENTYFIVE

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer.  

If you'd like to pay a DIFFERENT sliding scale amount than the options here OR get a FULL TUITION WAIVER (no questions asked), fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!

You can also read our cancellation policy (recommended).

ELIGIBILITY
Open to male and female vocalists in grades 7-12. No prior vocal jazz or vocal improvisation experience required.

REGISTRATION - SOLD OUT
Registration is closed for this program.
You can enter your chosen sliding scale tuition code (listed above) on the final check-out page. You should receive a confirmation email from our registration system Active.com.


2019 Music Directors

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Johnaye Kendrick

Johnaye Kendrick was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She received a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University in 2005. She received an Artist’s Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009.  Johnaye has been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.  The Orchestra won a Grammy® Award in the 2009 for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category for their release Book 1 on which Ms. Kendrick is featured. 
Johnaye has performed at numerous festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Rio das Ostras Jazz Festival , Burghausen Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival Bern, Playboy Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, Jazz Gallery, Chicago Symphony Center, Snug Harbor and Birdland with Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Sean Jones or John Ellis.

The legendary Jimmy Heath says that "Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears."   A dedicated educator, Johnaye resides in Seattle where she serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts. In 2013, she was nominated for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as “Northwest  Vocalist of the Year.” In 2014, she recorded, produced and released her debut CD, Here, for the johnygirl label. Featuring 12 of Johnaye’s original compositions, Here finds her supported by pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Chris Symer, and drummers Byron Vannoy and D’Vonne Lewis.


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Eric Verlinde

Pianist Eric Verlinde has excited audiences worldwide with his energetic and passionate performances. He is in high demand and is constantly performing, refining the sound and creating new music. His different groups create music that is creative, spontaneous, superbly structured and melodic. Currently, he works with Josephine Howell at El Gaucho, The EntreMundos Quarteto (a Brazilian samba ensemble) and a number of top Northwest musicians.

He has played music with legends like: Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, Mark Murphy, Luis Conte, Thelma Huston, Floyd Standifer, Buddy Cattlet, Bryan Lynch, Hadley Caliman, Francine Reed, Bobby Medina, Thomas Marriott and Bill Waltrous.


Got questions? Contact us.