Vocal Jazz Workshops & Master Classes

Roseanna has worked with singers age 13 to100, in the realms of jazz, opera, pop and the theater.

Her methods emphasize the holistic, finding who you are in the creative world of singers. That is, the disciplines surrounding confidence, good musicianship, singing and performance: breath management, story-telling, rhythm, improvisation (scatting with both syllables and lyrics), repertoire, group leadership, performance, making your recording and overall utilization of the whole self.

She enables vocalists to discover their potential.

She began teaching Vocal jazz in 1998, following 26 years of performance and recording. Her music can be found on a multitude of labels and channels, including Concord, Telarc, Skyline, Half Note and Chase Music.

After years of leadership – which includes her recent supervision of the Jazz for Teens program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Vitro created a four-year, Masters Degree program for Jazz Vocalists at New Jersey City University.

She has served as Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department twice – in conjunction with the Kennedy Center (2004), and Lincoln Center (2009). Her workshops have taken her to South America, The Balkans, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and South Korea.

On stage and in the classroom, Vitro inspires.

Students receive:

  • 1. Vocal technique warm up; mindset
  • 2. Voice exercises with ear training patterns
  • 3. Music theory, relating to chord changes
  • 4. Bebop melodies and bebop vocalese
  • 5. Song form, how to use it
  • 6. Lyric phrasing - in the pocket or over the bar line
  • 7. Improvising with lyrics
  • 8. Scat singing
  • 9. Studio singing
  • 10. Performing
  • 11. Producing your Album

Roseanna’s programs are designed for high school or conservatory or professional singers. Each program is designed utilizing a vast library of the latest vocal and improvisation programs. Hand out packets are created to coincide with mp3’s in dropbox or flash drive or cd recordings.

One Hour Master Class - The History of Jazz

Give your students an understanding of American’s true music; jazz. This one hour video presentation was created and edited using excerpts from Ken Burns original 10 DVD series, “The History of Jazz.” Roseanna guides your students through the hour answering questions and adding important commentary. Jazz music is our history. The relationship with gospel music, blues, pop and politics – it’s America’s art form. This master class can be followed by a live performance with teachers or Roseanna’s Grammy Nominated band featuring: Mark Soskin, Dean Johnson, Tim Horner and Sara Caswell.

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. Roseanna addresses important 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? Learn how to prepare for themed shows and studio recording. This workshop will give your singers the information and confidence required for success.

Master Class and Concert:  Roseanna Vitro & Pianist Kenny Werner Duo 

A presentation of Kenny Werner's ground breaking Effortless Mastery Masterclass for singers and instrumentalists can be a life changing event. Learn to 'let go and trust your inner voice" creating pure improvisational music. Grammy Nominated jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro works with your singers beginning with a vocal technique warm up, ear training exercises, a vocalese (lyrics to a solo) and move into leading a band in concert and rehearsals and most importantly:  lyric interpretation, connecting to your story. Kenny takes the instrumentalists for a separate workout. Roseanna and Kenny perform in concert duo or with school rhythm sections or big band.  Charts supplied.

Previous Workshops:

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 *The Jazz School, San Francisco, El Paso University. 

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.
— Warren Sneed, Director of Jazz Studies, HSPVA - Houston, Texas 
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.
— Paris Rutherford, Director University of North Texas State Jazz Singers, Denton, TX