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Meet Alexis Cole

Summer instructor for non-majors in Jazz Vocals

As head of the Jazz Vocal program at Purchase College, vocalist Alexis Cole is always finding new ways to help students find their voice.

This summer, students enrolled her in private lessons will focus on

  • Vocal technique and tone
  • Jazz phrasing and feel
  • Developing an authentic interpretation

Alexis Cole is always finding new ways to help students find their voice. With her unrelenting focus on tone and technique, and a driving passion for honesty and communication, Alexis is a demanding and compelling teacher for the singer who truly wishes to connect with their audience. “Professor Cole is tough, in the best way” is a comment that encapsulates her work ethic.

She comes to the task with over ten years of technical training in western classical and also Indian classical vocal techniques, and a full understanding of jazz style and swing interpretation as well as theater training and years of performing.

She is an in demand performer, clinician and recording artist. The New York Times calls her voice “exquisite.” For Alexis teaching is part of the creative process. “Just like I would write a song or sing a line, working with my students to create their own authentic interpretations, is making art.”

Summer course MPE 4350 is open to all students with professor override