Vocal Jazz Workshop

July 5 - July 8, 2017


Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is excited to introduce the first Vocal Jazz Workshop, designed for students 9th grade or older (entering Fall 2017) who wish to develop and improve their knowledge of the vocal jazz genre. Students will sing as part of a vocal jazz ensemble and as a soloist, learning about style, technique and interpretation. Students will also participate in daily improvisation workshops and guided listening sessions to provide a well-rounded understanding of the genre.

** This is a great opportunity for any students interested in auditioning for ILMEA Vocal Jazz, as we will be preparing one of the ILMEA audition pieces and improvising over the Bb Blues form.

Click here to download a PDF brochure for the Vocal Jazz Workshop!

The Vocal Jazz Workshop takes place at the historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL. Students attend daily warm-up sessions, coachings, solo rehearsals, and ensemble rehearsals and performances led by established faculty members.

Sample Daily Schedule

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Warm-up/Technique

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Improv/Theory

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Ensemble Rehearsal

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Guided Listening (lunch is not provided by MYA)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Solo Singing and Rehearsal

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Ensemble Rehearsal

Important 2017 Dates

Saturday, July 8, Time To Be Announced, MYA Conservatory Center: Final Performance


Jazz Vocalist Alyssa Allgood is gaining wide recognition as a jazz vocalist, improviser and lyricist. She won the first ever Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Jazz Competition in Washington D.C. and has placed in several other national jazz voice competitions. Notable performances include the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival, the Green Mill, and the Jazz Showcase. Her debut album, "Out of the Blue" was named a Best Release of 2016 by The Huffington Post, All About Jazz, Jazz History Online, the L.A. Jazz Scene and a best Debut Release of 2016 by The New York City Jazz Record. Alyssa curently works as the Jazz and Choral Programs Coordinator at MYA Conservatory, teaches theory and substitute teaches for the choral ensembles. She also teaches private voice lessons at MYAC and has held private voice studios at Leyden High School and Hinsdale South High School.


MYAC’s Chicago Jazz Workshop is open to students between the ages of 14 and 18 as of Fall 2017. No auditions are required, but prior experience in a choir is a must! Previous experience in vocal jazz is welcome. For any students interested in auditioning for ILMEA Vocal Jazz, we will be preparing one of the ILMEA audition pieces and improvising over the Bb Blues form.


Vocal Jazz Workshop: $625

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Click here to apply for Financial Aid for the Chicago Jazz Workshop. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by June 15, 2017. Tuition payments can be made here.

All summer deposits are non-refundable. Tuition payments are non-refundable unless a detailed medical Doctor’s note is submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of the workshop or camp; absolutely no refunds are issued after two weeks before the beginning of the camp.


Students wishing to attend the Chicago Jazz Workshop must:

No audition is required. Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled. The suggested deadline for all materials is May 1, 2017 but applications after this date will be accepted.


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Alyssa Allgood at (847) 926-9898 or alyssaallgood@mya.org.

We hope to see you at the 2017 Vocal Jazz Workshop!