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Janice Borla Holds Vocal Camp

Janice Borla’s annual, weeklong summer camp for aspiring jazz vocalists has trained students of the human voice since 1989 and will continue to do so in its 15th year. Borla may not be widely recognized name, but her camp, held at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., is known well in the jazz education industry. Students from all over the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia come each year for a week of intense study and an evening concert series.

New to the camp’s faculty this year is Roseanna Vitro, who has worked with Elvin Jones, Fred Hersch and Eddie Gomez, among others. Vitro will join longtime camp faculty members Judy Niemack and Borla to teach workshops on improvisation, performance styles, vocal jazz history and music theory. The camp concludes the way all summer camps should, with a talent show featuring the students.

A vocalist needs a backup band and the camp has its own resident rhythm section comprised of pianist Dan Herle, guitarist Jeanfrancois Prins, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Jack Mouse. Also, former Quincy Jones Orchestra trumpeter-vocalist Floyd Standifer will be featured on the camp staff.

The camp-associated concert series begins July 18 and runs through July 24, with no concert on July 20. Though we haven’t been told who will play at these concerts, we know that each performance is open to the public, starts at 8 p.m. and will be held at Larrance Academic Center, 309 E. School St., Napersville, Ill.

For more information about the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and the concert series, contact Borla at (630) 416-3911 or [email protected], or visit the camp’s Web site at

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