Workshops & Concert Themes
Workshops are Interactive and Comprehensive
12 yrs. old to 105 years young
Vocal Jazz Workshops/Master Classes
Roseanna Vitro is a consummate professional with a thirty year love of teaching, touring, recording and performing. Her workshops for high school and college singers are comprehensive and interactive. Students can expect a vocal technique warm up, vocal exercise and ear training, theory and bebop practice, song form and lyric improvisation, scat singing and rhythm exercises included in a cd. and work packet designed for high school level students, college or adults. Story telling and lyric interpretation with conviction is the heart of Roseanna’s singing. Her programs are written and constantly updated utilizing a combination of her own exercises and the latest vocal jazz and instrumental books by Bob Stoloff, Judy Niemack, Michele Weir, Jamey Aebersold, David Berkman and Anne Peckham and more. Vocalese solos and instrumental horn solos, plus jazz history are always a part of any program and are adapted to your specific school or group needs.
Roseanna and Kenny perform in concert duo or with school rhythm sections or big band. Charts supplied.
Warren Sneed, Director of Jazz Studies, HSPVA -Houston, Texas “Roseanna’s clinic at HSPVA was absolutely delightful! What I enjoyed the most was that the invaluable information she presented applied not only to vocalists, but to instrumentalists as well. Her delivery kept everyone’s rapt attention, and she received many compliments from the students afterward. She is a great jazz vocalist and a wonderful educator.”
Paris Rutherford, Director University of North Texas State Jazz Singers, Denton, Tx. “Her perfomance was supurb and the students still talk of her honest and down-to-earth sharing with them in comments. It is a rarity to have a fine singer on campus who will take the soul time to communicate to talented students who are hungry for the experienced view on the music business and life in general.”
Cedar Walton: “Roseanna Vitro, one of my favorite vocalists, sings with a great feeling for jazz. Her readings on major compositions are monumental.”
Joe Lovano: “The truth is in your sound and feelings and from the first time I heard and played music with Roseanna Vitro, I was captured by her powerful expression. She’s always been one of my favorite musicians on the scene. Truth Be Told!”
Fred Hersch: “Roseanna vitro is a singer of extraordinary depth and passion.”
David “Fathead” Newman: “It’s about time that people know Roseanna Vitro, a voice of true tone, one of the great Kahunas!”
Kenny Werner: “Roseanna Vitro has always swung her butt off and poured her entire being into each and every song. In a perfect world, she’d be singing all over the world and spreading her passionate energy to the scintillation of millions of people. but hey folks, it’s not too late!”
The International Jazz Educators Convention * JazzTimes Convention * New Jersey Music Educators Association * Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, Chicago * University of St. Louis * The Nashville Jazz Workshop * HSPVA, Houston * University of Miami * North Texas State University * Memphis State University * Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA * The East Coast Jazz Festival Clinic * Houston Community College + Master Class at Escuela de ProJazz, Santiago, Chile * Master Class with Fundacion Teatro Nacional Sucre, Quito, Ecuador * Masterclass, Montevideo, Uruguay * Workshop Manizales, Colombia * Masterclass @ Ambassador Brownfields home, Bogota, Colombia * Masterclass IMA Agustin Barrios Conservatory & Ruffinelli Music Conservatory, Asuncion, Paraguay, NJCU * Bucknell University * Singers Forum: London, Macedonia, Fier, Albania, Istanbul, Ankara, Adana, Turkey, Cypress, Queenstown, New Zealand *
In Tune And On Time; The Art of Vocal Jazz: A vocal workshop emphasizing the defining elements of jazz singing. We begin with mental imaging, breathing and stretching exercises, straight into a vocal technique warm up, complete with placement, long tones and tongue stretching exercises. Vocal technique is immediately followed by ear training exercises which include: rhythmic patterns, melodic patterns, syllable articulation, chord scales, guide tones and phrasing. Each vocalist will sing two songs of their choosing, followed by a critique of lyric interpretation and lyric improvisation. Each workshop is designed for the specific level of your students. A work packet and a cd. are created for your teacher or school to make copies for each student. I have experienced great success with opera and theatre students, high school and choral groups and also local in-house older adult groups abroad and in the U.S.
*New Workshop*: What it Takes to be an Artist: “The only thing you can rely on is change”. Music as a business can be a daunting proposition to even the most disciplined and organized student. The art of vocal jazz is growing world wide, but the landscape has changed significantly in the past five years. I will discuss the options in today’s market place and prepare your students for the reality they face as an artist. “All things are Possible with a Positive Attitude and Hard Work”. Topics: Focus your image and repertoire; organize your publicity materials and make a list of venues which support your style of music, how to be a successful band leader and a review of legal issues to consider when leading a band, the cost of going on the road, what it takes to hire an agent and or manager, making a quality recording with proper copyright and publisher information. These are all important issues for any young or old artist.
Jazz: Yesterday And Today: A one-hour dvd overview on the history of jazz, including highlights from Ken Burns celebrated multi-part PBS series. This is an excellent presentation for conservatories and high schools who do not have jazz programs. This workshop is excellent for a sixty to ninety minute class period, followed by an afternoon or evening concert with my trio or your teachers and/or your big band. I have several great charts written by Kenny Werner and Pete McGuinness that will invite the joy and approval of a faculty or student body who are familiar with the great American art form of jazz and those who have never heard jazz music.
Vocalists Are From Venus, Instrumentalists Are From Mars: Skills in Communication: A workshop detailing the keys for successful interplay among singers and instrumentalists on the bandstand and in rehearsals. This workshop is also excellent for instrumentalists. I address issues such as: clairvoyance doesn’t work with musicians in rehearsal or on the bandstand; the importance of mutual respect, how to get it and give it; how much money do you pay for rehearsals and gigs and how to prepare for your shows. This workshop gives confidence backed by wisdom and knowledge to any young musician.
Making a Recording: My 2011 recording: The Music of Randy Newman, on the Motema Music label received a nomination for best vocal jazz recording of the year. I have been married to and worked with one of the best recording engineers working in jazz today, Mr. Paul Wickliffe. After recording twelve critically acclaimed cd.’s with some of the best musicians in jazz I can advise each student how to make the most cost effective and quality recording to reflect their work. I will guide your students through: a.choosing material b. the band c. organizing rehearsals and your session d. saving money and making a great product d. where to place your music and sell your mp3’s.
Performances and Programs
(Duos, Small Groups, Big Bands, Orchestras)
The Music of Randy Newman: 2011 Grammy Nominated recording for best vocal jazz record of the year! A complete program of re-invented arrangements by pianist, Mark Soskin and vocalist, Roseanna Vitro. This five piece group boasts the rising star violinist, Ms.Sara Caswell, just off of her tour with Esperanza Spalding. With Vitro’s rhythm section of several tours bassist great, Dean Johnson and Tim Horner on drums this group will present fresh music which any classical, jazz or pop audience will fall in love with. The RNP band also presents concerts featuring jazz standards from Roseanna’s previously recorded albums plus some of the Randy Newman material.
Conviction: Thoughts of Bill Evans: A Program featuring Bill Evans material based on the arrangements of Fred Hersch, Allen Farnham and Mark Soskin from Roseanna’s recording.
Sarah, Carmen, Ella, Joe: Ms. Vitro essays and interprets the greatest works associated with legendary jazz vocalists, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joe Williams.
Catchin’ Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles; A spirited evening of soulful stylings, drawn from Ms. Vitro’s classic Telarc recording, with charts from Kenny Werner, featuring such classics as One Mint Julep, Unchain My Heart, Lonely Avenue, and more.
New Jazz Standards; Ms. Vitro illuminates the great American songs and songwriters from our most recent past. Compositions by Tom Harrell, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, and Cedar Walton.
Delirium Blues: Ms. Vitro extols and examines the blues, from rustic to refined, Tower of Power to Joni Mitchell and Mose Allison. Four horns, a guitar and rhythm section a must for this show!
Tropical Postcards: The music of Brazil, its rhythms, its buoyancy, melodies and lyrics of Antono Carlos Jobim, Dori Caymi, Ivan Lins, and Milton Nascimento.
The Art of The Big Band: Ms Vitro joins forces with your big band, swinging through an evening of great arrangements by Kenny Werner, including Whisper Not, Freedom Jazz Dance, In a Sentimental Mood, and Passion Dance, among others.
Orchestral Americana: A program rich in Americana, Blue Skies, Old Devil Moon, Dreamsville, plus the Brazilian majesty of Milton Nascimento’s Cancao Do Sal and Joni Mitchell’s The Circle Game. This program was a televised Christmas special in Slovenia in 2001 and Aaru, Switzerland Youth Orchestra April 2010.