Vocal Visions





All levels and styles. Work on everything from breath support, register change (break), tonal quality, intonation, high and low register development, ear training, proper warm ups, vocal styles, belt, etc. 


WORKSHOP: Singing Jazz: An Instrumental Approach

Next Workshops: (or contact for next workshop)

April 27 1 pm


Limited from 4 to 8 students only

A  2  to 3 hour workshop focusing on singing jazz with a rhythm section, creating song arrangements, learning how to communicate tempos to the band, selecting keys, improvisation, ear training, and more.


Bring at least one or two songs from the Great American Songbook or any jazz song and be prepared to sing.


Contact Ellen at: vocalvisions  at gmail.com regarding your song choice and what kind of chart or music you have available. If you do not have a lead sheet one can be provided. 

Ellen will help you determine your best key and guide you through finding the best vocal, musical and performance techniques to either begin singing jazz or to improve your current jazz singing. All levels are welcome!  


Please pay in advance to hold your registration.

Pay online at the website or if you prefer to send a check contact Ellen.

Register online at: http://vocalvisions.net/fees__services/

PLEASE CONTACT ELLEN at vocalvisions  @  gmail.com  BEFORE REGISTERING! Workshop is limited to 8 singers




Circle Improvisational Singing

Open to anyone who can sing. Different levels available for more advanced singers.

March 16 - 1 pm

April 13 - 1 pm 

May - TBA

June - TBA 


Circle Song is a quasi-ancestral improvisational singing form, where a group of singers, placed in a circle ╩╗pass around╩╝ a basic motif, inspired by African, Latin, groove, traditional folk and jazz influences. Circle Song provides singers with an ideal context in which to listen, share, and carry out an individual study of vocal improvisation where it is possible to deal with the following aspects:

Sound & Timbre
Being Present
Collective Improvisation

Singer, composer, conductor, and improviser Bobby McFerrin developed a model technique called “circle singing” that engages singers in the co- creation of improvised, layer-based “circle songs.”

Circle Improvisational Singing
will be facilitated by vocalist and educator Ellen Johnson who has a long history of working with free improvisation and music for healing. Ellen was hand-picked by Bobby McFerrin to workshop his circle singing back in the 80’s and she continues to use free improvisation in her own professional singing and vocal studio.



A 2 to 3 workshop for vocalists and choir directors wanting to learn more about singing Gospel music in a more authentic style or how to embrace the elements of Gospel music for your singing. Specific gospel music materials will be provided in advance or you may submit materials to us for consideration. 

Soloists that would like to get specific feedback on a song will be limited to 5 singers at the end of the workshop for an additional fee of $20. You must register in ADVANCE to be on the list. 

Featuring Gospel Artist DeAnn Lott who has recorded and sung with gospel music greats: Daryl Coley, Kim Burrell, Danniebelle Hall, Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir and also sung in concert harmonizing behind Patti LaBelle and Earth, Wind & Fire. 

Vocalist and educator Ellen Johnson will provide vocal technique and other musical assistance. 

If you have a choir that is working on Gospel material and would like to have us do a presentation in the future please contact us for available dates. 

Alexander Technique for Singers


Open to singers of ALL styles and levels

Kay Hogan, M.T., M.Ed. is a certified Alexander Technique and Hellerwork teacher and Natural Vision educator. Her practice also incorporates her multi faceted training in shiatsu, foot reflexology, cranial-sacral work, applied kinesiology, yoga and Tai Chi. 

An amazing opportunity to work on your voice with both professional educators Ellen Johnson and Kay Hogan to learn new healthy patterns and help correct dysfunctions. Get the best out of your voice by understanding how your body can help you through correct movement and posture.