VSO Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty: Miles Black, Bill Coon and Jodi Proznick (Photo by Vincent Lim)
Are you curious about improvisation? Are you an experienced musician and/or educator looking for professional development opportunities? Do you want a chance to collaborate with professional jazz musicians? We will have something for you at the 2017 VSO Summer Jazz Workshop.
Click here for some fabulous photos from previous years.
The program is designed for vocalists and instrumentalists of all ages and levels. The workshop will include topics such as small and large ensembles, instrumental and vocal masterclasses, arranging, applied theory, group warm up, and embodiment and creativity masterclasses lead by Paula Wise and Dr. Celeste Snowber.
This year we have invited five-time Juno nominee, pianist and composer John Stetch to join us for a workshop on playing standards during week one and Brazilian music specialist, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame member and Juno Award nominee Dr. Sal Ferreras to join us during week two.
We also have introduced a workshop for younger musicians aged 7 to 14 called Jazz it Up! The wonderful musician and music educator Bill Clark will be leading the musical adventure – an exploration of improvisation and composition. All levels and instruments are welcome!
There will be a jam session and faculty concert every day, a jazz club listening experience at Frankie’s Jazz Club on Wednesday afternoon with the faculty and teaching assistant team and a final performance in beautiful Pyatt Hall on the Friday night of each week.
Our amazing group of instructors include award-winning musicians such as Bill Coon (arranging, guitar), Jodi Proznick (bass, theory, artistic director), Steve Kaldestad (woodwinds, large ensemble), Miles Black (piano, theory) , Steve Maddock (jazz vocals, vocal improvisation), Jesse Cahill (drums), Rod Murray and Kelly Proznick (vocal jazz ensemble, morning warm-up).
There will also be a wonderful group of university students and professionals working with us as teaching assistants to ensure quality playing opportunities for all.
The two sessions run from July 17 to 21 and July 28 to 29.
The program will be held in the state-of-the-art music school attached to the Orpheum in beautiful downtown Vancouver.
For more more information and/or registration please go to:
We hope to see you this summer!