Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Vocal Jazz Educator Seminar remains suspended. We will be GREATLY anticipating and planning for a return to our workshop in the summer of 2022 and hope you'll join us then!
The seminar (Summer 2022 - dates TBD) will be led by UNT Director of Vocal Jazz, Jennifer Barnes, and co-taught by Jeff Horenstein (Groove For Thought, Meadowdale High School in Lynwood, Washington). The seminar will be packed full of content relevant to high school and college-level teachers who either are already working with students on vocal jazz or are considering starting vocal jazz with their students, with topics to include:
- Working with rhythm sections (with special attention given to drum set and bass)
- Choosing repertoire
- Sound reinforcement
- Rehearsal techniques unique to vocal jazz
- Audition methods
- Warm-ups and exercises to improve your ensemble's musicianship
Every attendee will come away with materials to take home and apply to their teaching immediately. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered, if desired, for a nominal fee.
Enrollment will be limited to 20 educators on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to current or future educators (college students welcome) over age 18.
The schedule for the seminar will be as follows (subject to change):
"Hey Vocal Jazz Educators! Just letting you know that the UNT Vocal Jazz Educator Seminar was fantastic! Nice two-day workshop, low stress, high interest sessions, great people to learn from and with! TONS of helpful information, methods, and thought-provoking ideas and philosophies. I highly recommend it for next year when you are wondering if you want to do a workshop. This one is IT! You WANT to do it! Thanks Jennifer Barnes and Curtis Gaesser. Fantastic weekend learning from the best."
Marcy Spencer, Director of Choirs, Gilbert H.S. (Gilbert, AZ)
"The UNT Vocal Jazz Educator Seminar was well worth the effort. I learned a great deal in the planning, organization, and delivery of a successful vocal jazz program. All educators with vocal jazz as part of their schedule should consider this seminar".
Kent Ellingson, Director of Vocal Jazz, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Dallas
"Whether you're beginning a vocal jazz ensemble or have years of experience directing one, this workshop will have details that will improve your teaching. The demonstrations with sound gear, rhythm section (especially working with a drummer), and vocal jazz ensemble rehearsal techniques really made the experience worthwhile. The instructors were open to answer any question and shared many of their personal teaching experiences with seminar members, which was really appreciated. I would highly recommend this workshop to any colleague!"
John Stafford, Assistant Director of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Kansas City Kansas Community College
"The UNT Vocal Jazz Educator Seminar was a power-packed two days, literally covering every aspect of vocal jazz directing and teaching. From seminar directors Jennifer Barnes and Curtis Gaesser I learned techniques and gained insight that I'll use with my students at my school. If you are looking for a way to take your jazz choir to the next level, look no further...highly recommended!"
Dr. Michael Pagán, Director, Bravo! Jazz Singers, Ottawa University
"The UNT Vocal Jazz Educator Seminar is an incredible opportunity for ensemble directors at the high school and collegiate levels to get an in-depth breakdown on the full spectrum of details which go into establishing a program of high caliber musicianship in your ensemble. Facilitators Jennifer Barnes and Curtis Gaesser are at the very top of their field, and their willingness to share their talents as educators and "insider knowledge" was a gift beyond measure. This seminar is a must-do event for anyone serious about creating and maintaining a successful vocal jazz ensemble program, which fosters students to not only excel as performers, but grow as finely-tuned, musical members of their community as well."
Kate Duncan, Professor of Popular & Commercial Music, Loyola University New Orleans