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Spring/Summer Opportunities 2019

A lot is going on these next few months. Come and join us!


Trybal Revival Circle Sing - Sun. March 31

The Trybal Revival Circle Singers host this community gathering for spontaneous, improvised singing! It's an opportunity for people to join in with each other and explore their voices in a safe and fun way. Circle singing draws on ancient traditions and uses the voice to uplift participants and facilitate a sense of healing. Using chant, rhythm, movement, melody, and harmony - improvised singing is accessible to beginning singers, but also can challenge the very experienced. Circle singing is euphoric, invigorating, and community building.

6:00 PM: Doors Open for Snacks and Socializing, 6:30 PM: Introduction to Circle Singing, 6:45 PM: Group Warm-Up and Exercises, 7:00 PM: Sing Begins

Here's how it works:
We'll begin with a brief introduction and a group warm-up followed by some exercises and games to prepare and practice the basic skills needed for the evening. At that point, the circle is "sacred space" and talked becomes limited. Every singer is expected to remain completely focused and listen intensely for what is happening musically around them. We'll then begin leading the group in improvised patterns that are repeated until a unique composition takes shape. The song morphs and changes and there are no "rules." The circle is a "mistake-free zone" to give license to maximum personal expression, but focus and listening are essential expectations. There is no need to sing alone at the circle, but if you desire to explore soloing with the circle, there will be opportunities as well.

Who can attend?
No prior experience is required and all that is needed is a sense of rhythm and the ability to sing in tune. Anyone who loves to sing should come and try! Beginning through advanced, professional singers are welcome. People scared to improvise should definitely come!!

Event cost:
We ask for a suggested donation of $10 to cover facilitators, administrative, and space fees. If you are not able to pay this amount, we encourage you to come anyway. You may also contribute more if you are able and willing, but creating and supporting a community of singers is our primary interest. Bring cash or pay online via the Eventbrite/Ticket link.


The Ross Quartet at April ArtHop - Fri. April 5

The Jazz and Creative Institute and Tiny Voice Box are proud to present an intimate performance series featuring both emerging and established artists. Our listening room environment provides attentive audiences for each featured artist. This is a free concert series presented to the community with suggested donations of $5, $10, and $20. Showtime is 7pm.

April Art Hop Show:
Singer Jay Jay Ross, a graduate of WMU with a BFA in Jazz Studies, will perform her original music as well as thoughtful arrangements of obscure jazz standards. Her favorite professor instilled the importance of delivering disturbing music. With this performance, she would like to unsettle your ideas of what jazz should be. Her influences include Carmen McRae, Thelonious Monk, Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Bad Plus, and Wayne Shorter.

Jay Jay Ross, vocals
Anthony Healy, keys
Jack McDonald, bass
Ryan Demeniuk, drums

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Contemporary Vocal Master Class for All Genres - Sun. April 14

Pianist and vocalist, Brenda Earle Stokes comes from NYC to share her elaborate training and performance experience in the fields of classical, jazz, pop, rock, r&b and musical theater via our Contemporary Vocal Master Class on Sunday, April 14th from 2:30 - 4:30pm.

SINGERS! This is an opportunity to get highly specialized feedback on singing your current repertoire and/or help in crossing over into new genres (Classical to Pop, or Musical Theatre to Singer/Songwriter Folk, etc.) Brenda works with Broadway performers at her studio in NYC, has taught voice at universities all over the world, and is an international performing jazz singer and pianist as well. Her specialty is "cross-training" the voice and finding solutions to problem issues. Open to any voice studio students or pre/professional singers who feel comfortable working in front of an audience. Cost to work with Brenda: $30. Private lessons are also available with Brenda, so please inquire via email.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Please join us for this event! You'll be entertained by our singers and be exposed to the inner workings of singing. Free to attend.

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Auditions for Opera-rét! - Sat. April 27

Opera-rét is brand new cabaret-inspired show written and directed by Carmen Bell Soprano. This original infusion of opera, musical theatre, and contemporary music will provide emerging professional singers with the opportunity to experience singing different genres of music in one performance.

Auditions will be held Saturday, April 27, from 2pm -4pm at the Jazz and Creative Institute/Tiny Voice Box (310 North Rose Street, inside the Kalamazoo Piano Company).

Ages: Adults; pre-professional singers, emerging classical and musical theatre singers.

Bring two contrasting pieces, one classical and one musical theatre. Accompanist available for a $20 fee, or provide you own. Rehearsal times and show date (June 2019) will be mutually determined after the auditions. Email Ashley Daneman at ashley@jazzandcreative.com with any questions.

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Creative Summer Musical Programs for Ages 7 - 18 (divided)

Welcome to your creative summer musical experience! Participants will explore the process of creating a musical theatre show from beginning to end during this two-week session of afternoons. Students develop a script and make musical selections as they are coached on a variety of relevant topics by Director Carmen Bell. Instruction includes: group dynamics, creative thinking and movement, acting for singers, theatre games, improvisation, vocal health, singing technique, aural development, solo and ensemble performance, and much more.

For ages 7 - 11
July 15-25: Mon - Thu afternoons 1pm - 4pm, 7pm public show on Friday 7/26

July 29-August 8: Mon - Thu afternoons 12pm - 2:30pm, 7pm public show on Friday 8/9

For ages 12 - 18
June 17-27: Mon - Thu afternoons 1pm - 5pm, 7pm public show on Friday 6/28

July 29-August 8: Mon - Thu afternoons 2:30pm - 5pm, 7pm public show on Friday 8/9

Tuition - $250 for the two-week session (must attend both weeks; please inquire about need-based scholarship)

A collaboration of Tiny Voice Box, Belle Voix Fine Arts Studio, and the Jazz and Creative Institute.


Private Lessons at Tiny Voice Box (ongoing)

Our private voice lesson program consists of weekly lessons, Saturday morning open studio sessions (optional), and a monthly Performance Practice (optional). We offer private voice lessons in 25-min and 50-min sessions. A typical lesson begins with stretching/alignment and vocal warmups followed by vocal exercises selected specifically to train and balance your voice. We will generally apply the technique training portion to repertoire which is selected together. Aspects of theory and musicianship are covered throughout. Beginners should take a 25-min lesson and professional singers should opt for the 50-min lesson. Please contact Ashley at 202-276-3388 if you have questions about what lesson length is right for you. For best results, lessons should be taken weekly, however you may schedule intermittently if we cannot find a suitable weekly meeting time. All lessons are prepaid via the online scheduling and billing system.

We also offer vocal coaching to help singers prepare for upcoming auditions or recording sessions in a short time frame. This is different from a private lesson because the focus is more heavily on repertoire and less on long-term technique development. We’ll help you choose songs and keys that are right for your age, voice, technical abilities and audition type. We will find strategies for any challenging song parts and make individualized arrangements to showcase your strengths. Coachings may be scheduled as individual 50min lessons, or weekly as part of the private lesson program.

Songwriting Lessons

We offer 50-min songwriting/arranging sessions to songwriters who need to learn basic composition and/or who want to flesh out their ideas. Sessions may be done once or several times, either sequentially or on an as-needed basis. Coachings may be scheduled as individual 50min lessons, or weekly as part of the private lesson program. Want to hear Ashley’s original music? Check out her website.