Jazz Vocal Workshop
July 15 – 19, 2013
Led by professional jazz singer and educator Wendy Jones, students will learn about America’s Music while receiving instruction in proper jazz vocal technique, beginning improvisation, song interpretation, and ensemble singing.
When: July 15 – 19, 2013
Where: Music Academy Asheville
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: $175 for the week
Ages: 14 and above
Other: No jazz experience necessary
Registration form: Jazz Vocal Workshop
About the Instructor:
Born in Steubenville, Ohio, Wendy (whose areas of vocal expertise include classical, jazz, and musical theatre) has always loved music and singing. However, being quite shy, she would never sing in front of anyone - she would only sing when no one could hear her. Still, her shyness could not suppress her desire to communicate through music and at age 12 she took up the flute. It was through music that Wendy was able to express those ideas and thoughts for which she could not find the words.
Wendy attended Appalachian State University on a flute scholarship and it was there that shyness gave way to the deep desire to sing. During her sophomore year, she changed her major to Vocal Performance and her singing career was launched.
In college she focused primarily on opera and art song, winning competitions locally, statewide, and regionally. A two-time winner of ASU's prestigious concerto-aria competition, Wendy also received 1st runner up in the NCNATSAA competition in 1998. After hours she would sing wherever she could find a microphone and an audience, gently crafting her onstage charm and ability to communicate a lyric with passion and honesty.
Wendy went on to complete her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance, also at ASU and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career. Having sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center, her favorite opera roles include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflote. An accomplished actress as well as singer, Wendy has appeared in leading roles on stages of many prominent professional theatres throughout the U.S. She received glowing reviews for her portrayals of Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up and Brenda in Smokey Joe's Cafe...to name just a few. She was also one of nine singers chosen after extensive audition in North America, Europe, and Australia, to appear at Tokyo Disney in the Broadway review ENCORE! She was also a frequent headliner on cruise ships and it was during this time the she wrote Everything is Rosie (a one-woman show celebrating the life of Rosemary Clooney) and Ladies and Gentlemen (a cabaret show celebrating the pioneers of traditional pop music such as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and, Ella Fitzgerald). Those shows premiered 2009 and 2010, respectively.
In addition to serving on the voice faculty of Appalachian State University, she has also served on the voice faculty Lees McRae College and is a sought after adjudicator and vocal clinician. She received additional training from Oberlin College (Vocal Pedagogy) and University of North Texas (Vocal Jazz) She is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SINGING, THE JAZZ EDUCATION NETWORK, ACTOR'S EQUITY ASSOCIATION, and THE MANHATTAN ASSOCIATION OF CABARETS AND CLUBS. Wendy joined UNCA faculty in the fall of 2012 where she teaches applied jazz voice and improvisation.
Currently, Wendy's performance focus is on jazz and she performs regularly in the region with her quartet. Since releasing her first CD in 2010, Wendy has appeared at various regional clubs including Purple Onion, White Horse Black Mountain, and the Grove Park Inn and was invited to perform at the AMERICAN FREEDOM MUSIC FESTIVAL and as the guest artist for the BLOWING ROCK JAZZ SOCIETY. She has also done voice over work for Palm Beach Princess Cruises and has appeared as on screen talent/voice talent for Blue Ridge Electric.
Always focused on singing that grounded in a healthy vocal technique, Wendy's goal is to prepare the student to sing healthfully and with joy for many years. Ear training, basic theory, and basic anatomy is addressed as well as vocal health. Her approach enables her students to grasp all the concepts required to sing beautifully and healthfully while most importantly having FUN!!
Learn more about Wendy at: wendyljonesmusic.com
"Wendy is an amazing talent and lessons with her were always a pleasure. She made me feel very comfortable in my lessons; she instilled confidence and best of all...she made me want to learn more. I LOVE her spirit!"
Jarret Koski (B.F.A in Theatre Arts/Musical Theatre, Lees McRae College)