Beginning Jazz Singing

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Beginning Jazz Singing

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Overview & Registration



In this class, students new to jazz will learn to create a focused, relaxed, skilled, and authentic performance. The teacher will introduce basic musicianship concepts as well as warm-up exercises, understanding and singing in different “grooves,” finding suitable songs, ascertaining the correct key, understanding the song form, preparing a leadsheet, and creating a home practice plan. A pianist joins the class halfway through the quarter and students will further develop the songs by working on sub-text, interpretation, communicating with the accompanist, singing in different “feels” and setting up and counting off songs. This class includes an end-of-quarter performance.

Section 1: Mondays 4:45 – 6:15 pm
1/7 – 3/18 (10 weeks) no class 1 /21
Performance date: Monday 3/25
Danielle Wertz • $415

Section 2: Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
1/10 – 3/14 (10 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 3/21
Cecilia Engelhart • $415


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Cecilia Engelhart (voice)

Education: San Francisco Conservatory, Mannes College of Music. Has performed/recorded with a wide range of artists including: Ruben Blades, Theo Bleckmann, Willie Colon, Santi Debriano, Paquito D’Rivera, Rinde Eckert, Tania Libertad, Meredith Monk, Oscar Castro Neves, Mario Rivera, Michael Spiro, Keith Terry, Tamba Trio, Wayne Wallace etc. As composer and arranger with “Tanaora”, “Free Dive” and “Trio 3”. Classical performance includes SF Symphony Chorus,“Conjunto Nuevo Mundo” early music ensemble.

Danielle Wertz (voice)

B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance, University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Student of Dr. Kate Reid, John Hart, Craig Carothers and Dann Zinn. Former Jazz Vocal Director for youth jazz education program, Virginia Music Adventures. Clinician at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Sonoma State University. 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition Semi- Finalist, 2017 Ella Fitzgerald Competition unner-up, Inaugural Washington Women in Jazz Young Artist Competition Winner. Performed or recorded with Shelly Berg, Jamie Oehlers, Tal Cohen, Cyrille Aimee, Bruce Hornsby and Gretchen Parlato.

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