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Laurie AntoniloiThe fall quarter is upon us and it’s time to make plans! The vocal program has many options, as you’ll see below. There are also lots of other classes at the school, so consider combining classes this quarter, for instance, take a singing class and a piano or theory course. Take the vocal jazz ensemble and one of the solo performance classes. Mix it up and find ways to grow musically and also have fun.

We have some wonderful new teachers. Angie Doctor is teaching the vocal jazz ensemble and has lots of great music to share. Berklee graduate Amanda Addleman is teaching “The 21st Century Singer” — a course for intermediate singers. Zoe Ellis is running the R&B class and has over 20 years of performance experience. Finally, guitar great Mimi Fox is back with her “Art of the Duo” — an amazing opportunity to sing with a world-class accompanist.

Workshops include a 3-part exploration with Linda Tillery, an afternoon with Sara Gazarek, Maye Cavallaro presenting Wesla Whitfield — (a rare treat!), Frank Martin and Melanie O’Reilly combining forces, Kenneth Helman returning with his songwriting workshops and Ellen Johnson and master saxophonist Don Braden discussing the deep relationship between Billie Holiday and Lester Young. More details are in the pages ahead.

Our Vocal Open House will take place on September 7th. Meet the vocal faculty, listen to them talk about their courses and ask questions. Our instructors will also each sing a song or two! It’s free and refreshments will be served. After the teachers sing, the band will stay on for a jam session open to everyone.

Finally, check out our Vocal Mentor Program to create and present your own solo concert at the school!

As always, contact me at laurie@cjc.edu for consultations and information. I’m here to answer questions and help you put together your study plan.
Warm regards,


Laurie Antonioli
Chair, Vocal Program