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The Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp will celebrate its 26th year in a new location: Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
(Published: March 26, 2014)

The Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp will celebrate its 26th year in a new location: Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, will present the longstanding event

August 10-16, 2014.

Founded in 1989, the camp provides a unique educational experience for aspiring jazz vocalists in an intensified, one-week course of study and skills development conducted by an outstanding artist faculty of professional performing and recording artists. Cited by Jazziz Magazine as “among the most innovative and dynamic summer jazz educational programs in the country,” the camp has been featured on the PBS national news program “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” HDNET-TV, WGN-TV and WTTW Channel 11 Chicago.

The camp’s international reputation draws students from all parts of the U.S. and Canada and abroad. Participants typically range in age and background from high school and college students to adult professional vocalists and jazz educators. The curriculum is designed specifically for the solo jazz vocalist. Daily activities include workshops in jazz improvisation, performance styles and techniques and solo performance preparation as well as artist master classes, vocal jazz history and music theory. There are also nightly faculty artist concerts and a final concert featuring each participant performing with the Staff Rhythm Section.

The camp is open to all participants age 13 through adult. The fee for tuition, housing and meals is $1,000. Further information is available on the camp’s website, www.birchcreek.org.

This year’s featured vocal staff artists are Janice Borla, Madeline Eastman, and Kate McGarry, three internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalists who each possess extensive resumes as both performing artists and jazz educators.

Camp founder Janice Borla’s recordings and performances have earned her consistently high praise for her beautiful sound, adventurous repertoire and imaginative improvisations. Her new CD release Promises to Burn has already received numerous outstanding reviews: “Among the best, boldest and most innovative vocalists around… vocal-based jazz symbiosis rarely reaches such splendor." (Jazz Times) Borla’s prior CD From Every Angle was named one of DownBeat’s “Best CDs of the Year.” A recognized pioneer in vocal jazz education, Borla established the vocal jazz program at the Saskatchewan School of the Arts in Canada, and is currently director of vocal jazz at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
Returning this year is vocalist Madeline Eastman. Voted a “Rising Star” in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll, Madeline has long been heralded for her vocal gifts and original style. The Los Angeles Times describes her as “a comsummate, inventive, endlessly entertaining artist at work…A prime example of what jazz singing in the 21st Century can be.” Based in San Francisco, she has recorded with Cedar Walton, Tony Williams and Kenny Barron. Her current CD A Quiet Thing has garnered her wide critical praise: “Unfailingly intelligent. Smart. Subtle. Superb.” (Jazz Times) Eastman is head of the vocal department of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and artistic director of JazzCamp West.

New to the camp faculty this year is vocalist Kate McGarry. A DownBeat “Rising Star” for the past five years and Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal CD for her 2008 release If Less Is More, Then Nothing Is Everything, she is recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. LA Weekly cites her "...evocative lyricism, superb control and ample vocal and emotive range. Her voice would be iconic in any genre." Currently based in Durham, North Carolina, she has performed or recorded with Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider and John Hollenbeck. As an educator she has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory.

In addition to the vocal faculty artists, instrumental camp staff includes trumpeter Art Davis, formerly with the Ray Charles Orchestra; vibraphonist Brad Stirtz; and the Dan Haerle Trio, comprised of pianist Dan Haerle, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse, each an internationally-known jazz artist and clinician.
A special highlight of the week’s activities is the evening concert series, featuring the camp faculty artists and open to the general public. The series runs Tuesday through Friday, August 12-15, featuring a different combination of artists each evening. The series concludes on Saturday, August 16 with a concert showcasing all of the camp participants performing with the faculty rhythm section.

We are absolutely thrilled to bring another phenomenal music education opportunity to Birch Creek and our students,” says Birch Creek Executive Director Alan Kopischke “The Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp is an outstanding session with world-class faculty, and their music education goals and philosophy align with ours. This is an ideal partnership, providing a complement to our instrumental programs that allows more students to grow and learn at Birch Creek. I think our students and audiences will be delighted.”

For further information regarding the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, contact Birch Creek at 920-868- 3763, e-mail mainoffice@birchcreek.org or visit the camp’s website at www.birchcreek.org.

More Information: http://www.birchcreek.org


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