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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2016 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Vocal Intensive

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Grades 8–12

Typical Day
Location: Music Bldg., Room 0052

Achieve personal vocal growth by learning a healthy vocal technique. Through a variety of exercises designed to strengthen the voice and help you reach your full and true potential, you will explore an in-depth study of vocal skills and concepts and gain insight into the capabilities of your instrument and its possibilities. Discover how to be an engaging, dynamic performer and interpreter as you explore many styles of music, including musical theatre, standards, pop, cabaret, and jazz. Learn about vowel color, diction, tone quality, phrasing, expression, interpretation, and dynamics. Understand 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. Work on solos as well as group singing to grasp the technique of vocal blending. Master classes in vocal jazz will be offered by Alexis Cole, who teaches jazz voice in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Emerge with a true sense of your 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, Young Actors, Youth Musical Theatre, 3-D Video Game and MakerLab Creations (new!), Code Breakers and App Designers, Young Artists (updated!), Young Journalists, Creating Comic Books, and/or Young Photographers to make for a well-rounded summer experience. (Refer to precollege programs for students in grades 9–12.)

Session III: July 25–August 5
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 6, 2016)

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 theatre, and opera. She has taught voice at AMDA and served as music director for high school and middle school musical theatre productions. She teaches singing and vocal technique and coaches students in musical theatre, pop, and classical repertoire in Italian, French, and German.

Kimberly Hawkey (instructor) is an award-winning multigenre 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 a hot jazz band, The Swingaroos, and recently appeared as Dot/Marie in the Elmwood Playhouse production of Sunday in the Park with George in her current town of N

Alexis Cole (master class instructor), called “one of the great voices of today” by Jonathan Schwartz, 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 and Chesky Records in New York and Venus Records in Japan. Alexis was a winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions. She teaches jazz voice in the jazz studies program at Purchase College and also teaches privately and at City College.

Updated Mar. 25, 2016

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Summer Youth Programs:

How to Register
Parent & Student Testimonials

Program Descriptions:

Code Breakers & App Designers
Creating Comic Books
Creative Vocal Lab
Minecraft™ Animators & Modders
Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
3-D Video Game &
MakerLab Creations

Vocal Intensive
Young Actors
Young Architects
Young Artists
Young Filmmakers
Young Journalists
Young Photographers
Youth Musical Theatre

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

Summer Precollege Programs
(grades 9–12)

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