a program of Living Jazz  livingjazz.org

Vocal Intensive

With Kate McGarry

The Vocal Intensive is an opportunity for 10 advanced singers to work with a professional jazz artist in a highly concentrated setting. You'll be working on concept, finding your individuality, the mechanics of singing and communicating with a trio and much much more! This ½ day Intensive includes a professional rhythm section with a focus on individual singing. You must commit to the full ½ day Intensive. No partial attendance.
Vocalists may rejoin our regular classes in the afternoon.

9-10: Master Class with Kate McGarry
10:15-12:30: Class joined by professional piano, bass & drums

About the Audition

Because of the high volume of applicants, you will be singing just ½ chorus of a song of your choice. Please bring a chart (lead sheet) in your key for the audition. You will be accompanied by a pianist.

What we will be listening for:
Singing in tune, good "time", memorized lyrics, phrasing, concept & style, confidence, and what you bring to your music. You do NOT have to be able to read music to be in the Intensive.

Note: For those who are not accepted into the Vocal Intensive, our Vocal Intensive teacher will be teaching an afternoon class as well. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

About Kate McGarry

"A voice that soars with abundant hope"  — Icon Magazine

With 5 critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD Kate McGarry has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. The Wall St. Journal calls her, "Austere and elegant," New York Times pronounced her music, “astute and sensitive".  She currently performs in jazz clubs, Performing Arts Centers and festivals throughout the US and abroad. As an educator she has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory. Downbeat Magazine has cited McGarry as 'Rising Star' vocalist for the past 5 years. She has been interviewed on All Things Considered, Jazz Set w/DeeDee Bridgwater, Piano Jazz w/Marion McPartland.

Singer Kate McGarry grew up in Hyannis, Mass., as one of 10 children in a musical family that spent many nights singing together. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst she earned a degree in Afro-American music and jazz. Kate began developing her organic vocal style through early training in jazz performance with iconic saxophonist Archie Shepp. Her experiences studying at a meditation ashram and exploring Celtic, Brazilian and Indian music also contributed to her widescreen vision as a vocalist and composer. After years honing her craft in Los Angeles, McGarry moved to New York where her independently produced (Steven Santoro) debut album, Show Me, was picked up by Palmetto Records, making her the first vocalist on the label’s roster. Jazziz Magazine declared, “With this near-flawless album, she has arrived.” more



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