Vocal Jazz Intensive

MSVMA will welcome singers in grades 7-12 to our Vocal Jazz Intensive (VJI) on Thursday, October 26 at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center.  We are delighted to have clinicians April Tini and Duane Davis to help students and teachers learn about vocal jazz. Morning sessions will include topics on improvisation, circle singing, jazz warm-ups, and jazz vocal technique.

Students will rehearse with clinicians, perform, and participate in a variety of topic sessions. In addition, students will have the opportunity to sing two pieces at the evening concert as part of a mass choir.

Participation in the VJI is highly encouraged for students interested in auditioning for the All-State Vocal Jazz Choir. One of the audition songs will be learned and performed at the VJI.


MSVMA welcomes high school students to participate in its Vocal Jazz Intensive and All-State Vocal Jazz Program. Participants must be enrolled and in good standing in their school's vocal music program. Their school must be a member of MSVMA.

Audition Requirements

VJI is a day to learn about and sing vocal jazz, regardless of experience. We want to encourage students who are interested in singing jazz to attend and bring their knowledge back to their school program. The day also will prepare students for the All-State Jazz Honors Choir audition and encourage participation in All-State Jazz even if students do not regularly sing vocal jazz in their school programs.

Students must apply for VJI by September 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Applications open August 15, 2023.

If you have a problem with applying, please contact Jed Scott at jedscott@msvma.org


The fee of $25, must be paid by credit card according to instructions students will receive upon application.

If you’re planning to bring an entire ensemble and would like to perform on the evening concert as a group, please contact Erik Jacobson at erikjacobson@msvma.org for information and pricing.

Vocal Jazz Intensive Schedule

9 AM     Check In and Welcome

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM     Vocal Jazz Sessions

11:30 AM      Boxed Lunch (Provided)

12 PM - 1 PM.       Repertoire session with April Tini

2 PM - 4 PM      Vocal Jazz Sessions

4 PM - 6 PM       Dinner (Not included/off campus)

6:30 PM               Evening Concert

Megan Sinclair

Director of Specialized Festivals


Michael Wheaton

Jed Scott

Registration Opens:

August 15, 2024

Application Deadline:

September 15, 2024

Intensive Date:

October 17th, 2024

Michael Wheaton


Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

600 Forest Hill Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546


Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344


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