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TX Youth Summit 2016



Feb, 15, 2016, the ATX Summit was an absolute success. The event received much needed attention from Time-Warner News team.  Thank you Time-Warner News!


Monday, February 15, 2016

Who should attend?  Youth ages 8 to 17

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.                                Location: George Washington Carver Foyer 

Registration Open

Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Opening General Session       Location: Boyd Vance Theater

Welcome and Summit Overview                       

Pamela Hart, Co-Founder

Women in Jazz Association, Inc., Austin, Texas



SPECIAL SESSION          9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


Born Again Bodies Transformational Programs, Dance and Fitness

Location: Boyd Vance Theatre


Health and fitness is the entry point for being successful in all walks of life. Learn how you can be better at anything you do by first taking care of you!


Instructor:  Pam Parker, Founder Born Again Bodies




Voices from Around the World

Location:     Boyd Vance Theatre

Hartt and Nada Stearns take youth on a fun and interactive musical adventure from India to Brazil, Japan to Africa with beautiful costimes and songs. 

Instructors:     Hartt and Nada Stearns, Co-Founders, One World Theatre


Ballet Afrique Dance Workshop           

Location:  Dance Studio


Learn a dance routine from Choreographer China Smith and see how the pros get started in tap, jazz, ballet, hop hop and modern dance!


Instructor:       China Smith, Choreographer and Executive Director

                       Ballet Afrique Dance Company




Let’s Make a Film       10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location:  Carver Classroom

Lights…  Camera…  Action!!!  Learn how to make a short film.  Get ready for this fast paced session! There will be a short script.  Attendees will be assigned roles such as actors, camera operator, set designer, script supervisor, lighting technician, boom operator and more…  We will rehearse, film, edit and view a short film.  Attendees are asked to provide an email address to which the link for the short film will be sent to share with others.

Instructor:      Winston G. Williams, Co-Founder and Executive Team Member 

                      Capital City Black Film Festival



11:30-12:15 Lunch Break



12:30 – 2:00 pm



Women in Jazz, Inc. Singer’s Performance Workshop

Location: Boyd Vance Theatre

This dynamic and interactive session will focus on effective communication and performance techniques in music. Sing with a live band and learn how to direct them to play the song the way you want to sing it. Sing jazz, Gospel and soul or perform spoken word. Learn how to move on the stage and capture your audience as you sing in your own style!

Instructor:       Pamela Hart, Co-Founder

                            Women in Jazz Association, Inc.



Dancing with Ashe Academy

Location: Dance Studio



Learn a dance routine from Choreographer Sade Jones and see how the pros get started in tap, jazz, ballet, hop hop and modern dance!




Instructor:       Sade Jones, Choreographer


                       Ashe Academy - Institute of African diaspora Arts





2:00 – 3:00 p.m.        

Location:  Boyd Vance Theatre


Pamela Hart and students will showcase vocal jazz with the James Polk Trio. This session is open to summit participants, parents and guests.


Contact Women in Jazz:  512-258-6947




"You Can Sing!"


Vocal Performance Workshop

 An all day camp, one day only! 


Saturday, July 11, 2015


Class: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Check-in: 8:00 am

at the

George Washington Carver Cultural Center

Boyd Vance Theater

1165 Angelina Avenue, Austin




Women in Jazz Concert Series gives you a fun-filled spring break day as it presents "You Can Sing!", A Vocal Performance Camp at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin. Camp registration is $35.00 and includes lunch and supplies. Register at, or call 512-258-6947.


For both male and female from ages 7 to 18, enjoy a summer day break singing and performing at the Women in Jazz "You Can Sing!" Vocal Performance Camp. Girls and Boys will learn how to use your voice and sing in different styles, rhythms and textures. You will also learn how to perform your song and communicate with musicians to sing it your way. Participants will sing with a professional band in the morning, the James Polk Trio. Everyone will have an opportunity to perform on the Boyd Vance Theatre stage!


In the afternoon, campers will sing and perform with our professional Karaoke host. Vocalist Pamela Hart will provide hands-on coaching throughout the camp. Lunch and snacks are included.


Check-in begins at 8:00 am. Camp begins at 9:00 am.


There will be a concert at 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm with pick up before 4:00 pm. Class size is limited, so register early.


For more information, visit or call

512-258-6947.  Register at



2015 ATX Youth Summit Vocal Workshop & More



2014 ATX Youth Summit Vocal Workshop & More


2013 "You Can Sing!" Vocal Performance Camp



Women in Jazz Concert Series provided a fun-filled spring break day in March 2013 as it presented "You Can Sing!" A Vocal Performance Camp.  


2012 Ladies of Jazz Master's Workshop



Background web video music courtesy by Karen Briggs


Youth Summit - Vocal Workshop 2011


Background web video music courtesy by Althea Rene


The purpose of Women in Jazz Association is to perpetuate the appreciation and performance of traditional jazz vocal and instrumental music. As vocal jazz is a declining art form, this purpose is charitable -- the protection and preservation of a valuable art form called jazz; that is, vocal jazz. It is through concerts, educational workshops, and performance opportunities of singers that provide the means to the end -- perpetuate vocal jazz music. The Association also understands the importance of investing in our future through Cultural and Performing Arts, as well as, digital media. The Women in Jazz Association, Inc. has solicited the support of the City of Austin, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and other community organizations to help them make a difference in our local and surrounding communities.

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Performers' Resources


Women in Jazz Association is providing free downloadable charts. These charts are provided by one or more of the participating vocalist as an aid to aspiring singers.  More charts will be added soon. Go to charts.


We have tips for singers and performers that will help you deliver a polished and professional performance. Go to tips.

Links to other resources