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Happy New Year!

Working with vocal students is a deeply personal and rewarding experience. Every person has a unique voice, and every vocal student has a distinctive sound. This individual sound is an extension of the speaking voice and also reflects one’s life experience and musical knowledge. It is at once revealing and also allows the singer to touch the listener. All of this has kept me curious and interested as a teacher for over thirty years! Learning to sing is a life-long pursuit. The more you do it, the better it gets. The more you learn, the more relaxed you become, making the whole process more and more enjoyable.

With all of the competitions on TV and beyond, singing is often judged as a “sport.” It focuses on who is the best or how “good” someone is. “Good” meaning a lot of technical prowess and often, a surplus of excitement. That’s fine for entertainment purposes, but when it comes to most of us, I think music can also be a non-competitive, enriching, deep and satisfying pursuit.

That’s where we come in!

After over ten years as the Chair of the Vocal Program at the CJC, I’ve seen and heard thousands of students, witnessed the care and skill of our teachers, and have been inspired by the CJC community where people of all ages, all musical interests, and all instruments, come together. This mix of people and music creates a positive, rewarding and exhilarating experience that is unique to the California Jazz Conservatory!

This year, why not sing? Take a look at what we have to offer and feel free to contact me at laurie@cjc.edu if you want help finding just the right course or workshop.

Remember, the more you do it, the better it gets!

Ciao for now —


Laurie Antonioli
Chair, Vocal Program


Winter 2017 CALENDAR

Jazzschool Community Music School Winter Quarter
January 9 – March 20 (10 weeks)

Ensemble Placement Auditions:
Ongoing! Contact laurie@cjc.edu

School Closure:
MLK Jr. Day, January 16

Winter Performance Series:
March 21 – 30


JCMS Winter Catalog
The Word

“The Jazzschool provides a wonderful community for musicians. It legitimizes one’s efforts, so even if one is a beginner, it says yes to one’s attempts and ambitions. It is the greatest.”

— Angharad Jones