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Gaining a stellar reputation for her inspiring master classes, clinics, adjudicating, and workshops, Kitty has been a guest lecturer in the Jazz Studies Programs of many of the nation's top universities and high schools, including:

Stanford Jazz Workshop, Stanford University
Lamont College of Music
Universit of Denver, Denver CO
University of Colorado, Boulder CO
University of Northern Colorado, Greely CO
Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham OR
University of Arizona, Tuscon AZ
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo CA
Reno International Jazz Festival, University of Reno, NE
The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, University of Idaho, Moscow ID
McPhail Center for the Arts, Minneapolis MN
Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, Chicago IL
Jazz Camp West, La Honda CA
Brigham Young University, Provo UT
University of Washington, Seattle WA
Sitka High School, Sitka Alaska
Everett Center for the Performing Arts, Everett WA
De Anza College, Cupertino CA
University of North Texas, Denton TX
University of Nevada, Las Vegas NE
San Francisco State University, SF CA
University of Nevada, Reno NE
Delta College, Stockton CA
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa CA
Jazz on a Sunday Clinic, London, England
University of Milan, Italy
Madeline Eastman's Voice Shop
Centro Didattico produzione Musica (CDpM), Bergamo, Italy
University of Arkansas
University of Western Australia
Monterey Jazz Festival Competitions























Clinics and Workshops  I   Private Teaching

Clinics and Workshops
"Demystifying Jazz Singing"®
Known for her inspiring and humorous teaching style, Kitty will help guide participants into the intricacies of jazz vocal improvisation, from the "the nuts and bolts" to the the "art and soul."

Topics may include:

Song interpretation: the path from finding your key to owning the song you're singing
Melodic invention: creating your own compelling harmonic statement
Lyric interpretation: finding your own perspective into the story you're telling
Rhythmic concept: hip up your phrasing and lock into the groove
Scatting: making sense when you solo
Stage presence: optimize your impact from mic technique to body language
Bandleading: communicating successfully with your musicians
Finding your style: playing into your strengths, minimizing your weaknesses
The Biz: identifying and manifesting your goals as an artist

Raves from Jazz Educators:

I echo my singers' response to your visit: "you're wonderful!" Thank you for sharing our spring concert, contributing your artistry to the program. Responses were very enthusiastic, especially from the singers themselves, who really enjoyed your performance.

We were all very impressed, as well, with your clinic on Thursday evening, and the freedom with which you address issues of concern for singers. Your willingness to speak from the heart with your experience and your understanding of the business itself was especially convicting. In short, your clinic set the stage for wholesale enjoyment and appreciation of your concert.

One more thing: your private lessons. All of the singers profited greatly from what you had to share. Especially the problems or difficulties they already recognize were dealt with, thus giving our program a real shot in the arm.

You are a gifted and compassionate artist and we were proud to have you on our campus. I hope it won't be the last time!

Paris Rutherford
Director, Jazz Studies
University of North Texas

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Just a note to let you know what a great response I got from the students after the clinic you gave in conjunction with your concert here in Tucson. You have a wonderful way of imparting a tremendous amount of useful information about the art and business of jazz with authority, warmth and humor. Your work with individual singers from the group was especially enlightening. Everyone was extremely inspired and left the clinic having gained new insight and understanding about the complex art of singing jazz. I was bombarded with e-mail raves from the individual students wondering when you might be back!

I also really enjoyed being part of your backing trio for your concert sponsored by the Tucson Jazz Society. It was good to see the venue so crowded and the audience was totally enthralled by your show. We all hope to see you back in Tucson very soon!

Best regards,
Jeff Haskell
Director, Jazz Studies,
University of Arizona


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