What is a Director Summit? 

Imagine a dedicated workshop for a small group of teachers that includes:

  • Reading sessions specific to vocal jazz and a cappella repertoire of all levels
  • Skill workshops on rehearsal techniques, teaching improv/solo singing, conducting, and much more
  • A ‘teacher choir’ experience - with the goal of recording at day’s end
  • Brainstorm sessions for future local vocal jazz events, collaborations, etc
  • Potential planning for a full Vocal Jazz Academy with teacher and student tracks

Clinician: Matt Falker (Matfal Music / CSU Long Beach)

or Christine Guter (CSU Long Beach) / Ian Brekke (Las Positas College)

Director Summit events are generally scheduled from 9 AM - 4 PM on a Friday or Saturday. 

Participants will register on this website.

Hosts provide one medium to large sized choir room or stage with a full sound system, piano, and classroom projector, and local lunch options. Online registration and reading packets provided. 

Minimum 10 pre-registered teachers, price to be determined. Clock hours or other professional development credit can be arranged.

Train, equip, and connect your local community of vocal jazz teachers! Open to middle school, high school, college, community directors of ALL experience levels.

Sample Schedule

9:00 AM - Summit Welcome

Coffee / light snacks 

9:30 - Reading Session 1

10:00 - Topic 1: Solo Styling

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Teacher Choir Rehearsal 1

11:30 - Topic 2: Vocal Improvisation 

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch / Networking 

1:00 - Reading Session 2

1:30 - Teacher Choir Rehearsal 2

2:15 - Topic 3: Basics of Jazz Theory / Piano

2:45 - Break

3:00 - Teacher Choir Recording Session

3:45 - Summit Wrap Up

4:00 PM - optional “Graduate Seminar” 

(off site food hang!)