Contemporary Vocal Institute

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Contemporary Vocal Institute

June 30 - July 6, 2019

REGISTER TODAY for Summer 2019 Programs

An exciting opportunity for students to experience jazz and popular music. Under the direction of Tim Brent, students will be explore many of the popular vocal styles like jazz, pop, and rock as soloists and in a group setting, while expanding their musical repertoire. Joining Dr. Brent is Tahira Clayton, an internationally known vocalist, recording and performing artist, composer, educator, and activist. Each student will learn to master their skills through private vocal instruction, jazz theory and improvisation classes, and ensemble rehearsals.

Program Highlights

  • Perform in vocal jazz ensemble
  • Learn the fundamentals of Jazz Theory and techniques for healthy singing
  • Receive vocal coaching
  • Enjoy daily classes of Pop Keyboard Skills
  • Participate in supervised outdoor events and social activities

Sample Repertoire

  • I Wish - Stevie Wonder
  • Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
  • Way of the World - Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Little Pony - Pointer Sisters
  • Song for You - Donny Hathaway
  • He Beeped When He Shoulda Bopped - Dizzy Gillespie​

​The Contemporary Vocal Institute was such an eye-opening and enjoyable musical experience! I feel prepared and motivated to accomplish all of my work thanks to all the information I absorbed at Rider. I learned an endless amount from all of the counselors and campers, but I am especially inspired and thankful to have had the chance to learn from Dr. Brent and Ms. Clayton.
- L. Gibson • Burlington, NJ


Dr. Tim Brent is a 9-time DownBeat Award-Winning vocal jazz educator, pianist, arranger, and has performed with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, Mel Torme, Ingrid Jensen, Dick Oatts as well as Latin Grammy award-winner Obie Bermudez. Prior to joining Westminster College of the Arts. At Rider University, Dr. Brent was the Director of Contemporary Voice at Miami Dade College, and Director of Vocal Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas (Denton, TX), University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), and Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, IL).
Tahira Clayton is an internationally known vocalist, recording and performing artist, composer, educator, and activist. Her most recent accomplishments include winning the DC Jazz Prix competition with AMP Trio, earning a headlining performance at the 2018 DC Jazz Festival. She also recently won the “Most Promising Semi-Finalist” and Audience Choice awards at the Unisa International Jazz voice competition in Pretoria, South Africa. For more information, visit

Tuition (includes room and board)​


Tuition Discounts

  • Two or more programs - $100 discount off each program
  • Family discount - Families sending more than one student receive a $100 discount per program
Students who attend a summer camp/program will automatically qualify for a renewable scholarship to go towards attendance at Rider University. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-962-4647 or [email protected].

Enrollment is open to students entering 9th grade through those having just completed their senior year.

General Summer Camp Information

Westminster Office of Continuing Education
[email protected]