The 2009 Bowling Green State University’s (BGSU) Vocal Jazz Camp features instruction from members of the premier vocal jazz quartet New York Voices, and in recognition of the unique opportunity the camp provides for serious students of vocal jazz, Sennheiser and Neumann will support the camp by providing a scholarship and live microphones both for use during the camp, as well as for prizes.
Applications for the scholarship can be found at www.BGSUjazz.com and awards will be determined based on need and talent. Deadline is June 15.
New York Voices have been at the forefront of vocal jazz for over 20 years, with their performances and recordings having earned numerous Grammys, in addition to numerous other awards and accolades.
This year marks the first time that all four members will be at the BGSU Vocal Jazz Camp to provide instruction and inspiration to attendees. “
In addition to their tremendous work with New York Voices, each member has a vibrant solo career,” remarked camp manager Theo Stiegler. “It’s the best of both worlds, for learning about vocal jazz as a soloist, as well as an ensemble singer. And it’s a remarkable opportunity for one-on-one interaction with some of the best jazz vocalists of our time.”
BGSU Vocal Jazz Camp will run from August 4-9 and welcomes singers and ensembles at any level – from high school and college students to university faculty and professionals. Intense instruction in clinics, ensemble sessions, coaching, and special interest will convey the insights, nuance, and techniques that New York Voices have gained over their long careers.
During ensemble and solo singing sessions, participants will use 16 e 935 live vocal microphones that Sennheiser has provided to the camp. One lucky (and talented!) soloist will win a Neumann KMS 104/105 live vocal mic.
“We are grateful to have professional-grade Sennheiser vocal mics for the camp,” said Stiegler. “You really want the mic to be an extension of the voice, a natural catalyst. With inexpensive mics, you sometimes create a hindrance. In a challenging environment, the performer is then thinking about the mic, and that steals his or her attention from the music itself. So I am thankful the campers will be singing through professional-grade microphones at all times.”
The Sennheiser/Neumann scholarship will pay one full tuition to the winner. Winning ensembles can either admit one free participant or split the deduction of one tuition among their members. Note that ensembles are also eligible for the camp’s ensemble discount, and camp participants that are already registered may also apply.