Loire Vocal Summer School 2021

The Vocal course welcomes vocalists with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience who want to develop and improve their jazz singing. The courses includes support classes from the instrumental tutors on topics such as harmony, aural training, rhythm and feel.

Courses at Domaine de Bel Air in western France  for  2021 feature Brigitte Beraha, Judy Niemack and Nia Lynn.

 Dates and tutors below.

Vocal Course Dates and Tutors 2021

 
COURSE 1 : 26th JULY to 1st AUGUST : BRIGITTE BERAHA ,
 
(plus Gareth Lockrane, Barry Green, Oli hayhurst)
 
COURSE 2:  1st to 7th AUGUST : JUDY NIEMACK
 
(plus Rob Barron, Alan Barnes, Jeremy Brown, Gwilym Jones)
 
COURSE 3 :  7th to 13th AUGUST: BRIGITTE BERAHA 
 
(plus Gareth Lockrane, Mike Gorman, Mark Ridout , Flo Moore)
 
COURSE 4:  14 th to 20th AUGUST: NIA LYNN
 

 

 

Course Outline

The Vocalist course welcomes vocalists with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience who want to develop and improve their jazz singing. Support classes from the instrumental tutors on topics such as harmony, aural training, rhythm and feel complete the course.

This year we  welcome again Brigitte Beraha and Judy Niemack who both offer unrivalled expertise in jazz vocal coaching, performance and contemporary improvisation.

There is a strong emphasis on practical skills and participants have the opportunity to prepare songs for performance in the evenings with pianists and trios.

Vocalists will also join with instrumental participants and tutors for workshops and support classes.  . 

Please have a look at the tutor page to access biogs and sound clips for Brigitte and Nia.

Study Topics

  • Performance: microphone technique, confidence, conveying lyrics, repertoire.
  • Jazz phrasing: improving swing feel. Understanding triplet subdivisions
  • Time and feel: counting in, choosing appropriate tempos, changing the time signature and feel of a song. Brazilian music.
  • Improvisation: Scat vocabulary, developing and building solos, improvising over chord sequences.
  • Theory/harmony: Aural skills, understanding chord symbols. Chord/scale relationships, ear training.
  • Each participant will be allocated individual rehearsal time with a pianist or trio to prepare songs for performance in the evening concerts.
  • Brigitte will run a jazz choir group every afternoon. The choir will perform on the last night.

Daily Schedule (typical day)

  • 8.30am: Breakfast.
  • 10.00 to 10.45am: Vocal warm up / technique. 
  • 10.45 to 1.00pm: Masterclass with vocal tutor.
  • 1.00pm: Lunch.
  • 2.15 to 3.30pm:Rehearsing songs with pianists and / or trios 
  • 3.45 to 5 pm: Jazz choir or masterclasses
  • 5pm to 7.30pm: Free time for rest, recreation or practice.
  • 7.30pm: Aperitif and dinner.
  • 8.45 pm: The evening continues with a concert followed by a jam session until about 1.00 am.

Course Fees & Terms and Conditions

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