Vocal Warmups: We will start our day of singing off on the right foot (or voice!). This group vocal activity will include call and response, stretching, song circling, and loosening up those vocal chords!
Recharge Your Vocal Technique: When we’ve been singing for a while, good technique can fall by the wayside among all the details of gigging. Don’t let that happen! Good habits with breath, enunciation, support and posture release your natural resonance and eliminate the obstacles of fatigue, pitch problems, and strain on high & low notes. Give yourself a gift – reconnect with your technique and recharge your voice. (And bring all your secret singing questions!)
Facing Your Stage Fright: Do you love to sing but struggle with stage fright and anxiety when you perform? Are you sick and tired of letting the voice of your inner critic run the show? In this workshop you will identify and let go of the mental and emotional obstacles that are holding you back from being your best self on stage. You’ll also learn easy, actionable tools to calm the nervous system and counteract the physical effects of stage fright and performance anxiety so that you can find radiant confidence, ease, and joy in sharing YOUR authentic voice!
Singing Comfortably in Different Rhythms: Sing easily in swing, double-time feel, bossa nova and samba, and unusual meters. Learn how to find the downbeat, how to count in the tunes, how to easily and comfortable switch your “time signature gear” during a performance.
Get That Gorgeous Tone! Master Class with Alexis Cole: Create a rich, warm, GORGEOUS tone. RELEASE tension in your throat and voice. CALM your central nervous system. STRENGTHEN and PROTECT your instrument. Using Alexis Cole’s techniques, this master class for vocalists will work with extending the chest voice a few notes higher and getting that overall deliciously warm tone quality in our singing.
Telling the Story Through the Lyrics: Every song tells a story. We’ll discuss the importance of expressive lyrics and how to put yourself into those lyrics and engage your audience while performing.
Showcase Rehearsal: Our wonderful rhythm section (piano, bass, & drums) will be available to rehearse with the all-day participants who wish to perform in the evening showcase. Sign up for your designated time slots to sing. Each singer may present two songs of their choice; please bring 3 copies of each tune for the musicians.
Vocalist Showcase: Our festival day concludes with an all-ages showcase concert featuring all festival attendees who wish to perform, accompanied by our SBJF professional rhythm section. This performance will be held at the Muse Performance Space. Audience tickets can be purchased at The Muse Performance Space. Snacks and beverages (sparkling water, wine, and beer) will be available for purchase at the showcase venue.
SongBird Vocal Jazz Fest is a non-profit partner of CCJA (Colorado Conservatory for Jazz Arts)