The acclaimed singer Tonya Boyd-Cannon will lead a series of vocal workshops for kids this spring as part of a partnership between the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD) to offer music education programs around the city.
The program launched last year with classes at NORD’s St. Bernard Recreation Center. Now the program is expanding to two campuses by adding classes at NORD’s Behrman Recreation Center in Algiers.
The weekly classes are open to kids age 9 to 13, starting in mid-January and continuing through April.
The classes will be led by Tonya Boyd-Cannon, a popular New Orleans singer who is perhaps best known for having reached the Top 20 in Season 8 of the NBC TV show “The Voice.”
Participation is free, but students must pass an audition to be included.
Auditions will be held:
Jan. 9 and 16 at 4:30 p.m. at Behrman Park (2529 General Meyer Ave., New Orleans, LA 70114)
Jan. 11 and 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the St. Bernard Center (1500 Lafreniere St., New Orleans, LA 70122)
To sign up for the auditions, please use this online registration form.
Classes will take place:
Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Behrman Recreation Center. Classes begin Jan. 23 and end April 10.
Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Bernard Recreation Center. Classes begin Jan. 25 and end April 12.
The classes will utilize a curriculum that Boyd-Cannon has developed called ARTcademics. Students will receive instruction in:
Breath control and breathing techniques
Self-awareness and vocal register variations
Repertoire of songs
The classes are part of an initiative to increase music education offerings in New Orleans. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell – already offers several programs at its facility in the Tremé neighborhood, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.