Lecturer, Jazz Studies
Vocalist 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.
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. “Professor Cole is tough, in the best way” is a comment that encapsulates her work ethic. 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.”
Cole studied voice and piano at the University of Miami and William Paterson University, and holds a Master of Music from Queens College. She has also trained in Indian classical singing at the Jazz India Vocal Institute in Mumbai.