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Summer 2015 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Vocal Intensive

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Grades 8–12

Typical Day
Sign in Location: Music Bldg., 0001

The main goal of this intensive is for each student to achieve personal vocal growth by learning a healthy vocal technique. This will be accomplished through a variety of exercises designed to strengthen the voice and help the student reach their full and true potential. We will explore an in-depth study of vocal skills and concepts and students will gain insight to the capabilities of their instrument and its possibilities. Throughout the program students will discover how to be an engaging, dynamic performer and interpreter as we explore many styles of music including musical theater, standards, pop, cabaret and jazz. They will learn about vowel color, diction, tone quality, phrasing, expression, interpretation, and dynamics. They will also learn how to approach a song from the basic learning stages—accuracy of notes and rhythms—through a polished, thoughtful and musical performance of the song. Students will work on solos as well as group singing so the technique of vocal blending can be learned. Master classes in vocal jazz will be offered by the head of the Jazz Voice program at SUNY Purchase. Students will emerge with a true sense of their own vocal possibilities, musicianship, style and artistry.

Invite family and friends to the concert on the last day of the session. Each student will receive a DVD of the final performance.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Vocal Intensive can be combined with the Songwriting Workshop, Creative Vocal Lab, Project Fashion Designer, Minecraft™ Designers and Modders, Video Game Creators and Animators, Acting Intensive, and/or Filmmaking Institute to make for a well-rounded summer experience. (Refer to youth programs for students in grade 8.)

Session III: July 27–August 7
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,200 for the first registration
$1,080 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 8, 2015)

About the Instructors

Regina Leon (lead instructor) holds a BS in Applied Voice (Soprano) from SUNY New Paltz and is a voice teacher, vocal coach, music director and an active performer of cabaret, musical theater, and opera. She has taught voice at AMDA and has been music director for high school and middle school musical theater productions. She teaches singing and vocal technique and coaches students in musical theater, pop and classical repertoire in Italian, French and German.

Kimberly Hawkey (instructor) is an award-winning multi-genre vocalist from New York. She is a recipient of the Gold Medal and Johnny Mercer Award from the 2013 American Traditions Vocal Competition, a Winner of the 2013 Jazz Forum Arts Vocal Award, and Winner of the 2013 All-Star Cabaret Showdown at Under St. Mark's Theatre. She is the vocalist/lyricist of hot jazz band, The Swingaroos, and recently appeared as "Dot/Marie" in Elmwood Playhouse's production of Sunday in the Park with George in her current town of Nyack.

Alexis Cole (master class instructor) Called "one of the great voices of today," by Jonathan Schwartz, Alexis has performed with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic on stage at venues from Avery Fisher Hall to the Kennedy Center.  She records for Motéma Music, NY, Chesky Records, NY and Venus Records, Japan.  Cole was a winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions. She heads the Jazz Voice Program at SUNY Purchase and teaches privately and at City College. 

Updated July 15, 2015

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Summer Precollege Programs:

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Program Descriptions:

Acting Intensive
Code Breakers & App Designers
Creative Vocal Lab
Creative Writing Institute
Filmmaking Institute
Journalism Institute
Minecraft™ Designers &

Photography Institute
Project Fashion Designer
Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
Summer Percussion Seminar
Video Game Creators &

Visual Arts Institute
Vocal Intensive

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

Summer Youth Programs
(grades 4–8)

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