Workshop Classes for 2023


Workshop Combo Classes

This is our traditional in-person Jazz Workshop experience open to students aged 13 to adults.  All participants are assigned and placed in small combo settings that will explore the world of jazz improvisation and jazz standards over the course of the week. 

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Vocal Jazz Workshop

Our vocal Jazz program returns once again this year. A four-day vocal jazz workshop that includes vocal ensemble, vocal technique, and a chance to work as a jazz vocal soloist with a professional rhythm section with some of Vancouver’s finest musicians.

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Workshop Combo Classes


August 15 – 19, 2023

This program gives musicians of all levels the opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of jazz improvisation and advance their practical ability in the context of ensemble performance. Vocals and all instruments are welcome! This year the in-person workshop is open to students 13 years and older as well as adults.

Our in-person combo classes will also have access to online resources such as instructional course documents, online play-along tracks, and more  These will help enhance the total experience.

Early Bird Price – $525.00 until June 20
– after June 20, then $600.00

Student Concert – Saturday, August 19th, 12 – 3 pm 

Workshop Faculty:

Stephen Robb, Brad Muirhead,
Len Aruliah, Sam Kohler, Thomas Holden
Rob Kohler, Ron Samworth, Stan Taylor


To apply for this year’s Jazz Workshop please go to the Workshop application form








The Red Barn at Southlands

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Our in-person combo rehearsals will be in large spaces that will allow for adequate social distancing and room to rehearse. The workshop will take place at the Red Barn at Southlands and other nearby spaces that are large enough to accommodate this.


Each day in early afternoon combo participants will take part in a masterclass that will examine a particular jazz style or jazz improv concept that will be explored with the group in detail. 

In Person Combo Classes

Each combo will rehearse in-person with coaching from one of our faculty over 8 two-hour sessions in total, as per their individual combo schedule.


Festival Concerts

Workshop participants will have admission to festival concerts held during the Festival weeks..


Vocal Jazz Workshop

Come discover your own artistry, creativity, and jazz vocalist self in a supportive community of like-minded participants and instructors!

Through ensemble singing, solo opportunities, and a variety of exciting musical tutorials for improvisation, ear training, rhythm, and theory, you will be inspired to take your singing to the next level!  Age 13 and up, adults are welcome.

Singers from all backgrounds (pop, music theatre, jazz, classical) are welcome to come and explore new ideas and genres!


Tuesday, August 8 to Friday, August 11, 2023 

faculty and student concerts
– Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12, 2023

Early Bird Price – $450.00 – until June 20
after June 20 – $495.00


Vocal Jazz Faculty:

Jennifer Scott, Dr. Laura Harrison


To apply for this year’s Jazz Workshop please fill out the Jazz Workshop application form





Join us at Southlands

Our vocal jazz sessions will be held at the Red Barn on the Southlands Development in Tsawwassen BC. The Barn is a modern new facility that will allow us to rehearse in a safe. socially distanced environment while observing all Covid related protocols

Covering the basics

We will start each day with vocal and body warmups. Part of each day will be spent on sight singing and ear training. Also we will be going through individual song repertoire that will be arranged for you in the best keys for your individual voice.

In-person Jazz Choir

We will be custom tailoring some group vocal jazz arrangements to fit the group of singers we have to work with. We look forward to meeting you on a brief 10 minutes Zoom get-to-know-you session just to assess.


Faculty rhythm section

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with our professional faculty rhythm section and teaching assistants to help guide you through the wonders of singing vocal charts (heads) and experimenting with vocal jazz improvisation.