Early Bird Registration for the Vancouver Island Vocal Workshop is on now

Vancouver Island Vocal Workshop June 11-14, 2020


14 Hours Classroom Time and Hands On Displays

· The Secrets of Tone and Breath

· Capturing the Heart and Story of the Song

· Anatomy/Physiology

· Listening session analysing various vocal qualities and style of famous singers

· Technology - iReal pro

· Spectrogram Program - Intro to Vocal Acoustics

· Basic Lead Sheet Notation - intro to notation software

· Vocal Improv Component

· Basics Understanding Groove/counting in

· Stage Presence 

· Working with Musicians on Stage

· Marketing and PR – YOU the product

· 2 performance opportunities per student with rhythm section (optional)

· You will get the opportunity to perform on either the 12th or 13th

· Mentor Presentations

· Grand Show - strut your knowledge in front of an audience on the 14th

2 Mentor Presentations

· Karel Roessingh – Pianist/Composer/Producer

· Rene Worst – Bassist/Producer/Composer

4 Vocal Teachers

· Jennifer Scott

· Kim Greenwood

· Maureen Washington

· Maria Manna


Fees can be paid by phone at  250-514-9927 , by interac e-transfer to info@bcvocalistsociety.com or through online credit processing via Square

If paying by etransfer or phone please complete this registration form.  If paying online via credit card your complete the form there.

Join US for This Exciting Opportunity


Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA)

1701 Elgin Rd, Victoria, BC V8R 5L7


June 11 – 14, 2020

June 11th 

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

· Registration

· Meet the Teachers

· Teachers’ Performances

June 12th – 13th 

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM 

· Classes 

June 12th – 13th 

6:30 PM – 10:00 PM 

· Students’ Performances

June 14th 

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

· Mentor Sessions

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM 

· Students prep for their big performance

6:30 PM

· Students’ Grand Performance (Open to the public by donation)

Early Bird Registration till March 30th, 2020 $325.00.  After March 30th - $375.00  Only 60 student spaces.

Fees may be paid by phone, interac email transfer or through square.

Refund Policy

Workshop enrollment is limited.

Early registration is encouraged, as this workshop will fill quickly.

When the workshop is full, a waiting list will be established.

Participants will receive a full refund until May 15th; after May 15th, a $50 administration fee will retained.

In the case of illness or emergency please contact administration: info@bcvocalistsociety.com

Workshop fees will not be refunded for cancellations received less than 4 business days before the program begins unless that space can be filled.

Vocal Teachers

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott


  Jennifer Scott is a Vancouver-born vocalist and jazz pianist specializing in jazz, blues and world music. Jennifer is considered one of the most important jazz artists working in Canada, the USA and Internationally.

She has sung with such Jazz Greats as: Jonathan Batiste, Gene Bertoncini, Clark Terry, Tommy Banks, Paul Horn, Terrell Stafford, Richie Cole, Cory Weeds and Kenny Wheeler to name a few.

She has been featured in performances in New York and San Francisco with pianist and Stephen Colbert music diresctor Jonathan Batiste and in performance and recording with celebrated NYC guitarist Peter Bernstein.

Jennifer is featured regularly on CBC shows such as West Coast Performance, Hot Air among others and receives regular airplay internationally having more than a dozen recordings released over the years, including “Emotional Girl”, “Duets” and “Pairings” with husband and bassist, Rene Worst and “Chance” with Peter Bernstein. Her latest recording, “Music for Bigs and Smalls” will be released some time in 2020.

Jennifer is pianist/vocalist for San Francisco-based Novo Tempo, a Brazilian/Jazz Fusion group led by Ed Johnson. They have recorded 3 CDs, with a fourth presently in the works for a release in 2021.

Jennifer is also one of the co-leaders (with Bay Area award-winning multi-reedist, Kristen Strom) of Crossing Borders, a band who's mission is to cross the lines from jazz to pop to Brazilian and beyond. Their recording, “Mess Around” received one of the top 10 CD releases in Jazz in California and was featured as one of the top acts to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Jennifer Scott is in demand as a clinician and workshop leader and has traveled the world teaching improvisation, vocal technique and Master Classes.

She has been nominated for Juno and Jessie Awards with ‘Mythos’ and theatre production ‘War of the Worlds’

Kim Greenwood

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott


  Kim Greenwood’s warm tone lends itself beautifully to ballads that embody the American Songbook repertoire and then she’ll rip through an up-tempo jazz tune. She's an actor at heart and this comes shining through in all her repertoire, engaging audiences at every turn. Kim is a multi-faceted performer and equally loves performing jazz, pop, classical and musical theatre. 

Kim’s noteworthy classical performances include Zia Principessa in Puccini’s "Suor Angelica" and Miss Todd in Menotti’s "The Old maid and the Thief" with VCM’s Opera Studio, Brahms’s “Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53" with The Civic Orchestra of Victoria, alto soloist for Handel’s "Messiah" with The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Robert Fleming’s "The Confession Stone" for solo voice and piano. In the musical theatre world, Kim performed at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre in Halifax and currently she is the lead singer for The Commodores Big Band, a band with a forty-year history in Victoria. 

Kim regularly collaborates with many of Victoria's finest jazz musicians and in 2017 she created the highly successful "Ella at 100" tribute show. In the fall of 2019 Kim debuted her new show “All About That Verse” to capacity crowds.

On the academic side, Kim is on faculty at The Canadian College of Performing Arts as well as having taught privately at her home studio 'Vivid Voice' for the past two decades. Kim is past president and current board member of the Victoria Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and she is also sought after as a clinician and adjudicator.

Kim is fascinated by voice science - the evolution of the understanding of the singing voice, “the invisible instrument”, due to technological developments in the 21st century. Kim is a graduate of The Royal Conservatory of Music and she is a certified teacher of Somatic Voicework (TM) - The Lovetri Method, an internationally renowned program for teachers of contemporary voice.

Kim has equal passions for performing and teaching and she can't imagine doing one without the other.

Maureen Washington

Maureen Washington

Maureen Washington


Maureen Washington is one of Vancouver Island's most sought after vocalists. Her rich tones and captivating emotions have cultivated large audiences with a styling that encompasses the soul of Etta James, Carmen McRae and the modernity of Holly Cole. And yet, she remains a voice of her own.

Having had the honor of working with some of BC's best musicians, Maureen is an accomplished jazz and blues vocalist, songwriter, and instructor. 2017, Maureen released her ninth album, “Harvest Moon”, working alongside West Coast producer, Joby Baker, who is known for his Juno and Grammy award-winning tracks.

Selected regularly as a performer at the TD Victoria Jazz Festival, Maureen has opened for The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jazz legend, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring and sang BGV on Folk legend Valdy's last album, “Read Between The Lines”. Maureen has played and hosted for Prince George International Folk Fest as well as had the opportunity to share the stage with Bruce Cockburn and Janis Ian, while also hosting clinics with Florida's Lee Boys, Ruthie Foster and Amy Millan on female songwriters.  

Maureen's effortless charisma, crystal-clear control, and room-filling stage presence is enough to inspire any audience to fall in love with jazz again.

As an private voice instructor, Maureen uses an organic natural approach in her techniques to help students unlock their voice and find success in difficult areas where they have struggled and teaches each one to sing the ‘heart’ of the song bringing it life on stage.

Maria Manna

Maureen Washington

Maureen Washington


A recipient of the Governor General Caring Canadian Award, the Sovereign Medal and an inductee into the Music Archives of Alberta, Maria Manna is a celebrated International vocalist. Her voice exudes an intriguing and intense blend of soulfulness weaving her melodic range of notes through Jazz, Blues, Gospel and Italian hits. Maria is a masterful singer and a true entertainer. She has performed for audiences from North America to Europe and Africa. Whether she is performing her Natalie Cole tribute show with a 17 piece big band or a piano voice duet, her shows guarantee her audiences a journey of life, love and laughter through an unforgettable musical experience.

She has worked and performed with many renowned artists including David Foster, Tommy Banks, Paul Horn, Alfie Zappacosta, Canadian sensation Marc Jordan, New York’s Ze’ev Kolman, Alice Garrett and has opened for the Beach Boys. As an international recording artist, Maria has several albums in both English and her native Italian language.

Her lifelong experiences continue to take her worldwide as a teacher and mentor to up and coming students. She takes their raw talent to draw out the performer and ultimately making them stage ready. 

BC Vocalist Society Workshop



Our mission is to offer an environment in which students of diverse musical backgrounds and ages have the opportunity to explore their unique vocal talents by providing them vocal techniques that they are able to rely on when they are performing for any audience. 

We want them to bring the best of themselves and their creativity to this workshop.  

We will be able to focus on their strengths and better their weaknesses while instilling confidence in each student, by being supportive, yet, teaching them that there is always something which can be approved. If one believes in themselves, it will produce amazing results. And finally, we want them to have fun!


Our vision is to offer high-quality instruction in various disciplines and emphases to students of all ages and ability levels at an affordable price, and to enrich the community through the promotion of, and dedication to, the study of voice.


This Vocal Workshop:

- Challenges and nurtures students of all ages and ability levels

- Promotes excellence in instruction, performance and practice

- Gives students a solid musical foundation, while encouraging their creativity

- Prepares students for continued music study, instilling in them respect and professionalism

- Advocates for the value of music in the community


The first priority of VIVW is the student. The overall goals of the Workshop are:

- To provide students a range of vocal instructions and stage presence and performance

- To guide students toward a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the art of singing

- To instill ethics that will help each student realize his or her individual potential as a vocalist

- To lead all students to excellent musicianship, and professional presentation through dedicated instruction and demonstration of mastery in performance practices

- To engage and enrich the Vancouver Island music community by providing an excellent, active, affordable music program which maintains high standards of instruction and performance