Vocal Jazz Workshop

June 18 - June 22, 2018


Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is excited to host the second Vocal Jazz Workshop, designed for students 9th grade or older (entering Fall 2018) 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 the 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.

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 2018 Dates

Friday, June 22 at 2pm, MYA Conservatory Center: Final Performance


Jazz Vocalist Alyssa Allgood has been described as an artist who "impressively sings, scats and writes original lyrics" (DownBeat Magazine). She recently won the first Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Voice Competition held in Washington D.C. She was also named a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago and a Top 15 Finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Her debut album, "Out of the Blue", was named a Best Release of 2016 by eight different publications, including The Huffington Post, All About Jazz and The New York City Jazz Record. Alyssa currently works at MYA Conservatory as the Jazz and Choral Programs Coordinator, Mini and Mighty Maestros Choral Director and theory instructor. She also directs the top vocal jazz ensemble at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.


MYAC’s Vocal Jazz Workshop is open to students entering 9th grade or above as of Fall 2018. No auditions are required, but prior experience in a choir is a must! Previous experience in vocal jazz is encouraged.


Vocal Jazz Workshop: $458.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by May 15, 2018. Tuition payments can be made here.

Housing with MYAC families is available for $250. Please email us at mya@mya.org if you are interested in housing.

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 Vocal 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, 2018 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 2018 Vocal Jazz Workshop!