I am very proud to say that this year was the 6th edition of my 'Beyond Vocals Jazz Summer Course in Izola'. I love running this course! I love being able to introduce like minded people to each other and I love the fact that the course has been so welcomed by the locals in Izola and how it has become a highlight summer event for myself, Izola and my Beyond vocals students. I had singers joining me from Italy, Spain, Ireland, London, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia. Guest tutor and accompanist this year was Matt Robinson on piano and on the last couple of days we were joined by Miha Koren on bass and Bruno Dormiter on drums.
NEXT YEARS DATES ARE: 9/8-15/8
Here is what the students said about this years summer course:
..."what I found was a really open group of singers, a great teacher, a great pianist and everyone coming together to be really supportive of everyone's individual needs when it came to their singing. Everyone was encouraged to express theme-selves freely. I learned a lot about perfromnace, about the importance of song choice, and about what it means to be confident and build confidence. There were moments of high pressure and moments of just enjoyment and freedom. Icing on the cake was meeting new beautiful people and to get to hang out in this beautiful town..."
"...it exceeded my expectations and I feel like after learning a lot I am leaving as a better singer..."
"...pretty incredible! Amazing people and atmosphere! Some of my highlights were the jam sessions and the boat-trip and of course the final performance where you got see everyone's development throughout the week..."
"...it is just so lovely to be in an environment where everyone are there because they love singing. I had an amazing time, it was good for the soul..."
"There are so many highlights of the week! You get to do two jam sessions before the final concert and I think that whole process was one of my highlights as I could feel myself progressing throughout the week. There was so much support and encouragement from Emilia and from the students on the course which made it all worth while. It is such a great course..."
"...It was great and really exceeded my expectations. So many talented singers on the course and such a beautiful place! I really liked how the course was organised and structured and how we were encouraged to compose as well as explore other things outside of ones comfort zone. It has been great..."
"This was my third time attending this course. I love coming here, no only because of the amazing wine and the sun, but aslo because I learn so much each year. Emilia really brings out the best in people and she works on you in a way that makes you feel confident and strong and focuses on how to build up trust in yourself"